IJPAN, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network, presents a screening of Sayonara and I, Worker, two new plays being performed at the Japan Society of New York. The performance will be broadcast live on Friday February 8, 2013 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. central time in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) auditorium on the University of Illinois campus.
Written and directed by Oriza Hirata and performed by the Seinendan Theater Company + Osaka University Robot Theater Project, these plays are set in a future where android servants are part of our everyday lives and feature human and robot actors interacting onstage together. In Sayonara, an android is bought to console a girl suffering from a fatal illness, but when its mechanics go awry, the meaning of life and death to humans and robots comes into question. In I, Worker, a husband's struggle to cope with the loss of his child is juxtaposed with the malaise of one of his robots, which has lost all motivation to work. The robot actors were developed in collaboration with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, a leading international researcher on robotics and Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University.
Sayonara will be performed in English. I, Worker will be performed in Japanese with English subtitles. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session with director Oriza Hirata and Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, who is the developer of several humanoid robots. We anticipate a lively exchange between the engineers on our campus and these artists.
These performances will also be broadcast live on our website: http://ijpan.ncsa.illinois.edu. For inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications is located at 1205 W. Clark Street in Urbana.