© Summer Yen


At the invitation of the Goethe-Institut, the celebrated Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Huang Yi will be a guest at the second international cultural symposium in Weimar next week. At E-Werk he will present his groundbreaking and award-winning performance "HUANG YI & KUKA", in which he dances with an industrial robot he himself has programmed. But not only participants* of the symposium have the opportunity to experience this breathtaking encounter between man and machine. The DNT Weimar will exclusively be showing a second performance of the poetic dance piece on Saturday, 22 June 2019 at 7.30 p.m. at the E-Werk, which will impress audiences around the world at guest performances.

Huang Yi's artistic work is marked by his fascination for the relationship between humans and robots. He interweaves incessant movements with mechanical and multimedia elements to create a form of dance that corresponds to the flow of data and effectively turns the performer into their instrument. In "HUANG YI & KUKA" he processed experiences from his childhood, when he believed he had to be perfect for his parents and function like a robot. Full of sorrow, sadness and loneliness, he longed for a robot that would be his loyal friend and selfless companion. As an adult dancer, he then looked for a way to dance with you. Huang Yi found the right model in a KUKA robot arm. It is characterized by its flowing design and flexible, highly dynamic, human-like movements, which are extended into space by a glistening laser beam during the performance. Accompanied by melancholic piano sounds by Arvo Pärt, Bach and Mozart, among others, the result is a fascinating choreography in which man and robot meet at eye level. The unique dancing couple not only interacts in harmony, but also includes the dancer Lin Jou-Wen and the dancer Hu Chien. Her emotional interplay expresses loneliness, self-doubt and self-realization, but also creates the illusion of a perfect reality and reminds us of the deeply rooted hope that we have all grown up but are still children.