Olimpia: The choreographed electromechanic puppet, dancing to remixed and recomposed music
2010 (English)Other (Other academic) [Artistic work]
The puppet Olimpia’s virtuoso coloratura aria is performed by a giant electro mechanically choreographed marionette built from highly patinated scrap machine parts. The music is ‘coloratura’ in its original sense – coloured or embellished – and implies a re-colouring of Offenbach’s aria from “The tales of Hoffmann”. The choreography is both a response to Heinrich Kleist’s homage to the marionette (1810), ‘the most graceful of all dancers whose non self conscious movements simply obey the realm of purely mechanical forces’, and yet at the same time it is a staging of an anorexic yearning for a body without skin, flesh or psyche.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2010.
Robotics Opera Choreography Unander-Scharin Olimpia Offenbach Electronic Opera
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-65750OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-65750DiVA: diva2:483632
ProjectsExtending Opera, Opera Mecatronica, KTH R1 Experimental Space
The marionette consists of nine body parts connected – via a string system – to 15 computer directed servo engines, attached to an aluminium frame in the ceiling. Marionette hight 300 cm. Frame 240x240 cm2.
Concept, choreography and movement programming: Åsa Unander-Scharin
Puppet maker, electronics and software: Magnus Lundin
Aria: Jaques Offenbach (from Les racontes d’Hoffmann, 1881)
Singer: Jeanette Bjurling (recording: Lars-Göran Ehn)
Music: Carl Unander-Scharin
Light design: Anders Larsson
Photo: Rune Ahlström
First performance in the Reactor hall at The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, 2010
Produced by Scen- och Sinnesproduktion, financial support by Längmanska kulturfonden and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee