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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Robot stars on Berlin's Komische Oper stage

A small robot, the same size as an eight-year-old child, is the star of an opera performance at Berlin's Komische Oper.
The robot, developed by the Berlin Humboldt University and known as Myon, plays in the performance of "My Square Lady". (BBC News)

A robot called Myon, the internationally acclaimed performance group Gob Squad and specialists from a wide variety of departments of the Komische Oper Berlin have come together to create this work. 

What makes a person a person? How could an object or a "simple life-form" be transformed into one? After George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, and Frederick Loewe’s world-famous musical My Fair Lady, the German/British performance collective Gob Squad is working together with the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at Humboldt University in Berlin, and the staff and singers of the Komische Oper Berlin in an attempt to provide an answer. 
Entitled My Square Lady, this performance sees the Gob Squad leading the autonomous humanoid robot Myon on a voyage of discovery through each department of the Komische Oper Berlin. Myon’s task is to explore opera, as a "power plant of emotion" in all its facets, and in the process learn what it means to feel human emotions, express them, and prompt them in others. Whether Myon makes it as a human being - or even as an opera star - will be demonstrated at the end of the season, on stage at the Komische Oper. 


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