© Ugo Dehaes
Ugo Dehaes / kwaad bloed


LIMP is a duet between a one-legged dancer, the technology of robots and specially developed artificial intelligence (AI)

For LIMP, choreographer Ugo Dehaes starts from the collaboration between humans and technology. Thanks to a high-tech, robotic foot prosthesis, a one-legged dancer is back on stage. The technology gives him the balance, mobility, strength and confidence to perform the choreography. The dance material arises from movements demonstrated by a self-built robot. That robot looks nothing like a human, so it requires a lot of creativity from the dancer to adapt the movements to a human body. While LIMP explores the fascination with technology as a support system, it also raises questions about its necessity.

LIMP-teaser from ugo dehaes on Vimeo.

For the creation of his performances Ugo Dehaes always departs from the gaze of the spectator. Instead of wrestling with complex concepts, he asks himself what he would like to see on stage at that given moment. That way, he shares his own amazement and fascination for movement with the audience.

By focusing on the personal stories, he transforms his own initial spark into something recognisable for all. By doing so, he offers the audience a different way of looking at the world.

In the past, his sober, radical but accessible performances focused on the power of the dance and the dancers. After all, Dehaes is fascinated by the human body and the person living in said body. The last few years however, he has been going into a different direction and switched his focus to robots. He wonders how radical one can think in search of efficiency and optimisation of society.

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Choreography Ugo Dehaes in cooperation with artificial intelligence & David Framba | Dance David Framba | Dramaturgy Marie Peeters | Music Roeland Luyten | Light design Arne Lievens | Video technique Gertjan Biasino | Computational creativity Prof. Wiggins (The AI Experience Centre - VUB) | Preliminary research Alexander Craens | Production kwaad bloed | Co-production C-TAKT, STUK, Perpodium | Distribution Vincent Company | With the support of the Flemish authorities, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government | Kwaad bloed is structurally supported by VGC | Thanks to Axiles Bionics, Danserie, De Factorij, Destelheide, Het Gasthuis, The AI Experience Centre, 30CC | Research with the support of Participatory Partner Projects of the Flemish Government
Wed 20 Mar 2024 20:30


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