• 65 minutes without intermission
• Suggested for ages 6+
• Please arrive early for the performance. Latecomers may not be admitted.
• Lasers, strobe lights, and smoke will be used in this performance.
HUANG YI & KUKA
Huang Yi has managed to blur the boundaries between magic and technology, human and non-human.
The dance elements combine with exquisite precision to produce an abstract painting in motion... a visual masterpiece
One of the most interesting and just plain coolest things you can find on any stage this year.
Dancing face to face with a robot is like looking at my own face in a mirror... I think I have found the key to spin human emotions into robots.
— HUANG Yi
As a child, acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer and dancer HUANG Yi longed for a robot companion. As an adult, he created one to dance with. Huang and his robot companion KUKA bring razor sharp precision and stunning artistry to the stage. HUANG YI & KUKA is a poetic work that harmoniously weaves together the art of dance and the science of mechanical engineering.
HUANG YI & KUKA reveals humanity through a series of vignettes between live dancers and KUKA, a robot conceptualized and programmed by HUANG Yi. “Dancing face to face with a robot is like looking at my own face in a mirror...I think I have found the key to spin human emotions into robots,” HUANG asserts. He and KUKA are joined on stage by dancers HU Chien and LIN Jou-Wen.
Taiwanese dancer, choreographer, inventor, and videographer HUANG Yi’s pioneering works reveal his fascination with the partnership between humans and robots. He interweaves continuous movement with mechanical and multimedia elements to create a form of dance that corresponds to the flow of data, effectively making the performer a dancing instrument. Named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to Watch”, HUANG was immersed in the arts at a young age, spending much of his childhood in his parents’ studio watching them teach tango and learning to paint alongside his father. He is widely considered one of Asia’s most prolific choreographers.
HUANG’s groundbreaking and award-winning work, HUANG YI & KUKA, in which he performs alongside an industrial robot he programmed, has opened the Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), TED Conference (Vancouver), and toured globally since 2015 including in Australia, the US, Singapore, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, and the UAE.Works choreographed by and featuring HUANG have received high praise internationally, including his collaboration with Cloud Gate 2, which continues to tour internationally to great acclaim, and those performed at Joyce Theater; Engien-Les-Bains Centre des Arts (France); Tasdance and Dancenorth (Australia); the Indonesian Dance Festival (Jakarta); New York Live Arts; and the American Dance Festival (North Carolina). He has received awards from the Digital Arts Center Taipei (2010 & 2012) and the 3rd Cross Connection Ballet International Choreography Competition in Copenhagen (2010), among many others across Europe and Asia.
Conception & Choreograph / HUANG Yi
Movement / HUANG Yi, HU Chien, LIN Jou-Wen
Costume / HU Chien, LIN Jou-Wen
Technical Director / OU Yen-Gu
Technical Assistant / CHENG Hao-Ting
Production/ Huang Yi Studio +, developed at 3LD Art & Technology Center, in association with Sozo Artists
Commissioned/ Quanta Arts Foundation.
TSMC Hsin-Chu Arts Festival