Natacha Diels: Uncanny Valley

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 8:00pm to Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:55pm
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Uncanny Valley, a monodrama by Natacha Diels, explores the region where robotic human replicas begin to emulate human characteristics too closely, causing revulsion in observers. The monodrama investigates this sometimes-uncomfortable line between automaton and human through the legend of Francine, Descartes’ mechanical daughter. The story pursues the discovery, revulsion, and eventual destruction of this mechanical being; and explores the conflict between machine and human through the interwoven dialogues of Francine and narrator.

"In addition to the music I wrote, there are also 4 interludes composed by the Bryan Jacobs, Dave Broome, Jessie Marino, and Andrew Greenwald; live video executed by Dan Iglesia; a moment of animation by Kakyoung Lee; narration by George Lewis; text by Dominique Ahkong; all performed by Pamplemousse- Kiku Enomoto, Jessie Marino, Dave Broome- plus Andrew Roitstein, Michael Caterisano, and Matt Donello; conducted by Ted Hearne, starring Maria Stankova."

This project was conceived as a fulfillment of the EAC program at Issue Project Room. Admission is free!

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