Picture: Marion Wörle
Picture: Marion Wörle
Music theater based on Karl Capek's ROSSUMS UNIVERSAL ROBOTS - blueprint for quite a few science fiction of the 20th century and origin of the term robot. 101 years after the premiere gamut inc together with the RIAS Kammerchor and the award-winning librettist Frank Witzel bring an updated version as music theaterto the stage.
Isaac Asimov called it the "worst important play of its time". The author's brother created the neologism "robot" for the play. Karl Capek's ROSSUMS UNIVERSAL ROBOTS is considered a blueprint for quite a bit of 20th century science fiction and still reflects current themes such as economic and ecological catastrophes as well as human hubris.
The robots in the play are developed by a handful of scientists on an island and sold in raucous quantities around the world. They are organic human-like beings, so they are not mechanical devices. Over time, their "DNA" code evolves so that they no longer have any desire to be controlled by humans. A robot uprising ensues. In a brilliant assault, they take control on the island, and subsequently over the entire planet. As a result, the entire human race is wiped out without further ado. The robots, however, are now missing the essential formula for their own generation, because it was burned by Helena, the wife of the head of R.U.R.. Fortunately, however, a single person remained alive on the island, who is now to reproduce the formula. This is Alquist, but unfortunately he is not a scientist...
Further performances in February 5 & 6 2022 20:00 @ Comedia Cologne
20. Jan | 8:00 pm
21. Jan | 8:00 pm
22. Jan | 8:00 pm
Composition, Concept, Staging, Stage & Light Design: gamut inc / Marion Wörle und Maciej Sledziecki
Libretto: Frank Witzel
Choir of humans/choir of robots: RIAS Kammerchor
Conductor: Justin Doyle
Vocals: Gina May Walter, Georg A. Bochow
Dance, Choreography: Ruben Reniers
Performance: Patric Schott
Records & Documentation: Anne Luft, Anja Simon
Videos, Graphic Design: Marion Wörle
Sound Direction: Olivia Oyama
Mastering: Robert Nacken
Production Management: Philip Gann
Photo Documentation: Christoph Voy
R.U.R. is supported by Hauptstadt Kulturfonds, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Lord Mayor of the City of Cologne/Cultural Office.