Huang Yi & Kuka

Acclaimed  Taiwanese  choreographer,  dancer  and  inventor  Huang  Yi  and  his  robot  companion  KUKA  blend  razor  sharp  precision  and  stunning  artistry,  harmoniously  weaving  together  the  art  of  dance  and  the  science  of  mechanical  engineering  in  a  poetic  work  that  flawlessly  intertwines  modern  dance  and  visual  arts  with  the  realm  of  robotics.  

HUANG  YI  &  KUKA  reveals  humanity  through  a  series  of  vignettes  between  live  dancers  and  KUKA,  a  robot  conceptualized  and  programmed  by  Huang;  a  rigorous  undertaking  because  a  single  minute  of  choreography  took  10-20  hours  of  programming.  Joined  on  stage  by  dancers  Hu  Chien  and  Lin  Jou-Wen,  HUANG  YI  &  KUKA  is  a  process  of  beautifying  the  sorrow  and  sadness  of  Huang  Yi’s  childhood;  an  expression  of  loneliness,  self-doubt,  self-realization,  and  self-comfort.  “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

A  seamless  synthesis  of  soul,  ingenuity  and  innovation,  HUANG  YI  &  KUKA  is  a  ground-breaking  work  that  continues  to  captivate  global  audiences,  celebrating  the  future  of  humanity  and  technology  on  stages  at  Ars  Electronica  Festival  (Austria),  TED  Conference  (Vancouver),  and  Holland  Dance  Festival,  to  name  a  few.

...more than just an amusing exercise in blending dance and technology.
— The New York Times


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Taiwanese dancer, choreographer, inventor, and videographer Huang Yi’s pioneering work is steeped in his fascination with the partnership between humans and robots. He interweaves continuous movement with mechanical and multimedia elements to create a form of dance which corresponds with 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. Huang is currently Artist-in-Residence of the National Theater & Concert Hall, the National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan, R.O.C, and 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, Switzerland, and the UAE. 

Huang Yi is currently working on Under the Horizon, a new hybrid opera, in collaboration with Berlin-based Ryoichi Kurokawa and the Netherlands Chamber Choir, which premieres in 2018.

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