Top: I, Worker / photo © Tsukasa Aoki
Bottom:Sayonara / Aichi Triennale 2010 © Tatsuo Nambu
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Witness the fusion of scientific and artistic innovation in this double bill by acclaimed Japanese director Oriza Hirata.
Friday, February 15 at 8pm
Saturday, February 16 at 8pm
$28 / $22.40 for Festival Members / $18 for students + 25 and under (Must present valid ID at door.) 75 minutes, including intermission / performed in Japanese with English subtitles
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 North American Street (near 2nd + Market Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
A post-show discussion will immediately follow each performance.
Moderators: Fri, Feb 15: Joanna Rotte, Professor of Theatre and Director of Asian Studies, Villanova University. Sat, Feb 16: Mark Yim, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at Penn Engineering & Simon Kim, Assistant Professor of Architecture at PennDesign.
If you are a current Festival Member of if you become a member today, we would like to invite you and a guest to the dress rehearsal for Robot-Human Theater on Thursday, February 14, at 8pm, at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Only Festival Members will have this opportunity to get a sneak preview of the show before it officially opens on Friday.
Whether you are a 2012 Festival Member or want to be one of the first to become a 2013 Festival Member, just call 215-413-1318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the guest list. This special early-bird Festival Membership offer is available for $50 per person and comes with all 2013 Festival Member benefits.*
*2013 Festival Membership will officially launch in late Spring. Benefits are exclusive to Festival Members and include discounts on all Festival tickets, admission to member-only events like meet-the-artist receptions and happy hours, and ticket exchange service.
For the one who makes your heart go beep-boop.
Call 215-413-1318 or purchase online by clicking BUY TICKETS next to the date that works for you above and selecting the package on the webpage.
$75 package includes:
+ Two tickets to Robot-Human Theater, February 15 or 16
+ Two glasses of champagne
to enjoy before the show
+ Gourmet chocolates and a rose
Limited quantities available. If you have already purchased tickets and wish to upgrade to the CupidBot package, call 215-413-1318.
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"Enthralling...not only with the state-of-the-art technology but also with its compelling humanist message." —The Nation [Thailand]
Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Oriza Hirata teams up with the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University to create the first full-scale robot-human theater production. This inventive and boundary-breaking performance contemplates what it means to be human and questions the roles of work and technology in our everyday lives.
I, Worker sets a husband’s personal struggle alongside his robot’s loss of a motivation to work. Does a robot (or a human) lose its value if it can’t work? In Sayonara, the line between robot and human is blurred when Geminoid F, an android with uncanny human features, comforts a human girl suffering from a fatal illness. What do life and death mean to humans and robots?
This program’s six-city tour is co-produced by Japan Society, New York and The Japan Foundation; and organized by Japan Society, New York.