Monday 9 January 2017
2 bis rue du Conservatoire
Metro : Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8 & 9)
Given their complexity, manlike robots should be considered first as echantment platforms. But, pre-programmed or tele-automated, the humanoids from the Robot Actors Project of the University of Osaka cannot come down to demonstration and virtuosity. Just like the work of actors in the flesh, designers, programmers, telephone operators or directors of these artificial creatures are finally confronted to the same recurrent issues of theater in general and puppetry in particular.
For more than 20 years, Zaven Paré has been giving life to machines, as manufacturer as well as director, but also as a researcher within robotics labs in Japan. From electronic puppets to androids, through these new forms of otherness, these pioneer experiences offer new co-presence or co-evolution possibilities on stage and prepare a new ground for the notion of interpretation, detachment of the actor, whether it is about reinforcing a simple effect of presence or about making up a role.
In 2016, Zaven Paré holds an international chair within the Labex Arts-H2H, related to the research project The augmented stage.
Photo : Erminio Pinque