SPRING in Autumn
27-29 oct UTRECHT
SPRING in Autumn
27-29 oct UTRECHT

Masterclass New Technologies in Performing Arts

Theatre Studies at Utrecht University, Artificial Intelligence at VU University, Ulrike Quade Company, Lectoraat Theatrale Maakprocessen at HKU, Jorrit Thijn, Tony Schuite, and others.

In two consecutive Fridays you will follow several workshops and talks on work-in-progress and research on the use of new technologies in performing arts and you will visit a performance on the (lack of) ethics in Silicon Valley: The Silicon Passion by SETUP.

The first Friday is all about Quand, a performance that was made two years ago by Jorrit Thijn and Tony Schuite. It’s a small performance on the basis of a choreography by Samuel Beckett, Quad. Four locations with different performers were connected through the internet. Together, these performers followed the Quad choreography, using tracking technology and projections. They repetitively met in the center of the space, but who were they meeting?

Jorrit and Tony will be working with the participants in the installation, researching material for their new performance Quand 3 that will be presented in SPRING in Autumn, October 2022. What is the experience of disembodied performing? What obstacles, possibilities and philosophical implications lie in this technology? Thinking along with the makers and the other participants will spark inspiration for both the makers of Quand and Masterclass participants.


On the second Friday, participants will be introduced to the NAO Re-Wired and Improvising Robots research projects, that are being developed as part of Acting Like a Robot: Theatre as Testbed for the Robot Revolution (https://performingrobots.sites.uu.nl/acting-like-a-robot-theatre-as-testbed-for-the-robot-revolution/). This research is about the way theatre and robotics may mutually inform and inspire one another.

NAO Re-Wired is an ongoing research into where robotics and puppetry meet. By deconstructing a broken NAO robot and bringing it back to life using countless separate electricity wires, the project explores the borders between programming and puppeteering as well as collective thinking and expressing through the robot.

Improvising Robots is a project that explores the potential of rule-based dance improvisational methods for programming robots and designing human-robot interactions in a more creative, flexible, and playful way.

During this session, we will introduce both projects and the overarching Acting Like a Robot project. Participants will be invited to interact with the work in progress, and together with makers and guests we will discuss the possibilities opened up by these new technologies.

Acting Like a Robot is a collaboration between Theatre Studies at Utrecht University, Artificial Intelligence at VU University, Ulrike Quade Company, the Lectoraat Theatrale Maakprocessen at HKU and SPRING Festival. Acting Like a Robot is funded by NWO.

If circumstances dictate it, it is also possible to join 1 of the 2 days, please consult the e-mail address above.



13/05/2022 10:00



Early bird: 65,- Regular: 75,-


Het Huis Utrecht



Friday May 13th, will run from 10.00 to 14.00.

Starting time Friday 20th May is TBD, ending time 20.30.

It includes workshops and talks, visiting the performance The Sillicon Passion by SETUP, and delicious vegetarian lunches. Dinner is not included.

Max 10 participants

Early bird deadline: 18 April 2022

Final Deadline: 2 May 2022

Apply by sending a short motivation and cv to springacademy@springutrecht.nl and also filling out our registration form.


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