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Internationales Sommerfestival 2019
Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) und Thomas Melle:

Uncanny Valley

  • © Gabriela Neeb
  • © Gabriela Neeb
Theater & Performance / Kampnagel / Wheelchair users / With hearing amplification
  • Wed, 21.08.2019 19:00
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Wed, 21.08.2019 21:30
    in English
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Thu, 22.08.2019 19:00
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Thu, 22.08.2019 21:30
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Fri, 23.08.2019 17:00
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Fri, 23.08.2019 19:00
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Fri, 23.08.2019 21:30
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Sat, 24.08.2019 17:00
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Sat, 24.08.2019 19:00
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Sat, 24.08.2019 21:30
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Sun, 25.08.2019 15:00
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Sun, 25.08.2019 17:00
    Kampnagel – K1
  • Sun, 25.08.2019 19:30
    Kampnagel – K1

With an exciting piece of theater, Rimini Protokoll looks into the future, and examine the uncanny valley between humans and machines.

Thomas Melle sits on stage. At least, an almost-perfect copy of him does. It is in fact a humanoid robot that looks and sounds like Melle, and that offers us a sense of constancy in UNCANNY VALLEY. Because Melle has a form of manic depression known as bipolar disorder, that constancy is sometimes unavailable to the author, a fact that he wrote about in the unsparing, linguistically brilliant biographical novel “Die Welt im Rücken” (The world at your back). To overcome his own panic during public appearances, Thomas Melle often behaved like an automaton. Now Melle appears on stage as a complete automaton and talks about his disease and the relationship between humans and machines. Does the original Melle get to know himself better through his electronic double? Can the robot replace Man? On a human level, what effect does a machine have on an audience? And, on an intuitive level, on theater? In their impressive staging, Thomas Melle and Stefan Kaegi reflect upon and document how humanoids are replacing humans and how the machine is becoming a space of projection for the future. On a fundamental level, the piece is also an enlightening examination of the live medium that is theater.

Uncanny Valley (Trailer) from Expander Film on Vimeo.


  • Concept, Text, Direction: Stefan Kaegi
  • Text, Body, Voice: Thomas Melle
  • Costumes: Tommy Opatz
  • Stage Design: Eva-Maria Bauer
  • Animatronics Team: Chris Creatures Filmeffects GmbH
  • Manufacturing & Art Finish silicone head, Coloration & Hair: Tommy Opatz
  • Video: Mikko Gaestel
  • Music: Niki Neecke
  • Light: Michael Pohorsky
  • Dramaturgy: Martin Valdés-Stauber
  • Lead of robot project and Puppeteering: Chris Kunzmann
  • Lead robot construction: Andreas Mattijat
  • Lead robot programmer and Puppeteering: Stefano Trambusti
  • Assitant robot construction: Jonathan Noormann
  • Robotcontrol and Programming support: Daniel Stiber
  • Control technology: WeiglControl
  • Electronic support: Hendrik Donner
  • Moldmaking and Glasfibertec: Niko Weber
  • FDM Print construction cleanup and 3D print assist: Delia Kunzmann

PRODUCTION Münchner Kammerspiele COPRODUCTION Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, donaufestival (Krems), Feodor Elutine (Moskau), FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts (Mailand), Temporada Alta – Festival de Tador de Catalunya (Girona), SPRING Festival Utrecht PERFORMANCE RIGHTS Rowohlt Theater Verlag Hamburg HAMBURG PERFORMANCES FUNDED BY Ilse und Dr. Horst Rusch-Stiftung.

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