Rimini Protokoll & Thomas Melle [DE]

Uncanny Valley

30.05 – 01.06.2019

Rimini Protokoll had a humanoid robot created that looks exactly like playwright Thomas Melle. This lifelike mechanical doppelganger takes the place of the human original onstage. But what happens to the original when the copy takes everything over? Are the copy and the original doomed to compete with one another or will they collaborate? And do we as viewers feel as much empathy for a human as for a machine?


by Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) & Thomas Melle/Müncher Kammerspiele | concept, text & direction Stefan Kaegi | text, body & voice Thomas Melle | equipment Evi Bauer | animatronic Chiscreatures Filmeffects GmbH | manufacturing and art finish of the silicone head/coloration and hair Tommy Opatz | dramaturgy Martin Valdés-Stauber | video design Mikko Gaestel | music Nicolas Neecke | surtitling Babel Subtitling | presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaistudio’s | production Münchner Kammerspiele | coproduction Temporada Alta (Girona), Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), Immersion - Feodor Elutine (Moskau), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts (Milan), donaufestival (Krems) | performing rights by Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg | with the support of Goethe Institut