Uncanny Valley

Rimini Protokoll

Swiss stage director Stefan Kaegi has become a master in the art of immersive documentary theatre. With his company Rimini Protokoll, he pursues his exploration of an actor-less theatre. This time, with the help of Thomas Melle (a German author suffering from hypersensitivity) Kaegi explores those moments where writers meet their readers – an exercise that the author experiences as repetitive and difficult. To avoid them, Melle has a robot replace him: he gives him his physical traits, including his facial expressions, gestures and voice, all of which are finely tuned. The humanoid presents its own conception of human relations to the audience, resulting in an uncanny experience.

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