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HUANG YI & KUKA|黃翊與庫卡

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, flawlessly intertwining 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 takes 10-20 hours of programming. Joined onstage by dancers Hu Chien and Lin Jou-Wen, HUANG YI & KUKA is a process of beautifying the sorrow and sadness of Huang’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 groundbreaking work that continues to captivate global audiences, celebrating the future of humanity and technology. It has been presented globally stages at Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), TED Conference (Vancouver), NYU Abu Dhabi, Holland Dance Festival, and Festival International Cervantino, among others.

I was born in a wealthy family. When I was 10, my parents went bankrupt due to investment losses. My family of four moved from a luxurious house; to a 40-square foot room. As a child who was constantly moving from one tiny room to another; and seeing my parents go through suicide attempts, I grew up knowing that I had to be a perfect child. I detached all my emotion- passion, anger, and sadness, to be that perfect child, and to be like a robot: obedient, friendly, outstanding, considerate, never rebellious, perhaps no personality.

As a child, my favorite cartoon was Doraemon, a Japanese animation character and a cat robot; who is always there to solve problems for his owner. Apparently I have something with robots since I was little- Is it because they represent a character that is loyal? Or is it because their destiny of being selfless? Thankfully, my parents let me choose to be a professional on stage, which became the best outlet for my compressed emotion. And I wanted to find a way to dance with a robot.

I did my research on the most advanced industrial robots, and KUKA stood out for stability, and the fluid design like the shape of human. In 2010, I called KUKA company in Taiwan. When I told them my idea, they said, “According to the regulation, when the robot is moving, human beings cannot enter the area of its action. If you can find a way, I will lend you a KUKA.”

I have found a way.

For me, “Huang Yi & KUKA” is a process; of beautifying the sorrow and sadness when I grew up. It is the expression of loneliness, self-doubt, self-realization, and self-comfort. I was trying to make a beautiful illusion, just to assure others; that everything was fine. I wanted to remind us of our simplest hope; from the very beginning, that we are all just grown up kids, but still kids.

我出生時,是家境富裕的時期,10歲左右父母因投資失利而家道中落。一家四口從原先擁有花園的透天別墅,搬入一間約4坪大的房間。小時候不斷的搬家,看著各日兼三份工辛苦的父母,我從小就知道自己必須要當一個完美的小孩,抽離自己真正的情感,像演員一樣扮演「完美的小孩」。

像機器人般的完美:聽話、友善、表現優秀、不曾叛逆、沒有個性、為人找想。

小時候最喜歡小叮噹了,他總是能解決大雄的問題。從小就特別喜歡機器人,也許是因為他們的忠心、為他人付出的設定?以及沒有自我、沒有靈魂的宿命。感謝父母讓我學習的是表演,舞台成了我釋放壓縮情感的最佳出口。長大後,我想和機器人一起跳舞。

我搜尋全世界最先進的工業機器人,庫卡被評選為最好的,我很喜歡它仿人類肌肉線條的設計。2010年,我聯絡庫卡公司,和他們說我想與機器人共舞的想法,他們回答:「世界工業機器人法規規定,機器人動作時,人類不可進入其動作範圍之內。你若可以不牴觸這項法規,就將機器人借你。」

我找到了方法。

《黃翊與庫卡》對我來說,是一種美化成長過程中遺憾的方式,裡面揉入感到孤獨的時刻,自我質疑、自我了解的時刻,自我安慰的時刻,以及刻畫一些假象的美好,讓他人放心的時刻。希望創造出這些看起來很美好的、很童真的片刻,能讓看的人暫時忘掉現實,或是想起來,自己也只是一個長大了的小孩。

Artistic Director & Choreography  |  Huang Yi
藝術總監、編舞  |  黃翊

Performer  |  Huang Yi、KUKA、Hu Chien、Lin Jou-Wen
演出  |  黃翊、庫卡工業機器人、胡鑑、林柔雯

Lighting Design  |  Huang Yi
燈光設計  |  黃翊

Tech Director  |  Cheng Hao-Ting
技術總監  |  鄭皓庭

Technical Assistant  |  Lou Sih-Wei、Li Yuan-Hao
技術專員  |  駱思維、李原豪

Assistant Rehearsal Master/Understudy(2012)  |  Huang Yu-Xiang
排練助理/Understudy(2012)  |  黃郁翔

Tech Director(2012-2018)  |  Ou Yen-Ku
技術總監(2012-2018)  |  歐衍穀

Costume Aesthetic  |  Hu Chien
服裝統籌 | 胡鑑

Scrip of Audio Description  |  Huang Yi
口述影像文本|黃翊

Voice Actor of Audio Description / Ho Chih-Wei
口述影像聲優|何志威

Auto Sync Audio Description System  |  Huang Yi
自動化口述影像系統暨程式設計|黃翊

Director of Audio Description  |  Hsu Ivy
口述影像聲音導演、執行系統規劃|許芳宜

Photography  |  Jacob Blickenstaff
攝影 | Jacob Blickenstaff

Worldwide Representation and Booking  |  Sozo Artists
國際經紀| Sozo Artists

Commissioned by l  Quanta Arts Foundation
委託創作 | 廣藝基金會

Audio Description 口述影像

Language Support 支援語言 /

中文|ENGLISH

“…more than just an amusing exercise in blending dance and technology. ”

這個作品,不僅僅只是融合舞蹈與科技的新奇應用而已…

Opening of TED 2017 in Vancouver.

TED 2017 年度大會 開幕演出於溫哥華

New York 2015 ISPA Congress Pitch New Works Projects

《黃翊與庫卡》獲選 ISPA 2015 年度十大新作

Artists

Huang Yi
Choreographer / Dancer / Engineer
Hu Chien
Dancer
Lin Jou-Wen
Dancer
Cheng Hao-Ting
Tech Director
Luo-Sih-Wei
Tech Specialist
Li Yuan-Hao
Tech Specialist
Ivy
Tour Manager / Audio Description System Specialist

Contact

SOZO ARTISTS, INC.

Worldwide Representation and Booking
全球經紀代理

Ichun Yeh
ichun@sozomedia.com
+1 (646) 462-9658
http://www.sozoartists.com

HUANG YI STUDIO +

Donation
PR & Development
公關與發展經理
Ivy 許芳宜
+886 910-555-917
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Company Official
舞團連絡信箱
huangyistudio@icloud.com

Artistic Director
藝術總監
Huang Yi 黃翊
huangyimoving@gmail.com