Autonomous Avatar

Rehearsing for AUTONOMOUS AVATAR  by Tobias Staab, a rather complex dance / AI project. A little overwhelming but certainly inspiring to animate butoh-inspired digital avatars on Nadja Sophie Eller’s stage. I am looking much forward to be performing with Corey Scot Gilbert in the full dome Planetarium Bochum.

avatar (/ˈavətɑː/)

1. Hinduism: a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher.

2. an icon or figure representing a particular person in a video game, internet forum, etc.

Machines learn to walk, dance … think. Who can still distinguish whether a human or a computer is speaking or writing? In times of Deep Fake, can images still be trusted? Power relations are becoming relative. We have known for a long time that everything we read also reads us. But how intelligent is “artificial intelligence”?
AUTONOMOUS AVATAR poses questions about subjectivity and autonomy, control and subjugation in the context of an immersive dance performance. Live dancers encounter their human and their digital bodies.
The interdisciplinary project tries to make the relationship between human and technology sensually tangible and to connect it for the first time with the recently gained possibilities of a dialogue with an Artificial Intelligence.


Direction, Text, Concept: Tobias Staab
The choreography was developed in close collaboration between Tobias Staab and the dancers Dasnyia Sommer and Corey Scott-Gilbert.
Performers: Corey Scott-Gilbert & Dasniya Sommer
Voice: Sandra Hüller
3D-Design: Luis August Krawen
Music: Beni Brachtel
Stage Design & Concept: Nadja Sofie Eller
Costume Design: Annika Lu Hermann
Motion Capturing: Warja Rybakova
Light Design: Matthias Singer
Fulldome Expert: Tobias Wiethoff

Funded by: Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien / NEUSTART KULTUR, Dachverband Tanz Deutschland / Tanz:digital
Produced with support by: DOCKdigitalLab, Planetarium Bochum