“Love Machine” premieres at the Incubator Arts Project
Dates: May 10 – 19, 2013
Location: New York, New York
Tickets $18 General, $14 Students / Purchase in advance at incubatorarts.org , or call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101.
Incubator Arts Project inside St. Mark’s Church • 131 East 10th Street, at Second Avenue L to First or Third Avenue; R, W to Broadway/8th Street; 6 to Astor Place; N, Q, 4, 5 to Union Square
Join us on May 10th and 11th immediately following the show, as the team of Love Machine hosts a special talk back featuring the social robot Bina48 and Bruce Duncan from the Terasem Movement Foundation. / Suggested donation at the door
What do a small town girl flirting with a satellite, a robot giving a lecture about transhumanism, and a man uploading his consciousness into the digital ether all have in common? Love. Love Machine is created to reflect the current trend of the way humans have come to rely on technology.
In Part 1, the team explores the 1974 launch and abandonment of the space station Skylab through the loving eyes of Cindy, a lonely girl with no date to prom. Enter Skylab: a man-made satellite, strangely reminiscent of Fred Astaire. Together they embark on a musical journey through outer space.
Part 2 takes us to the year 2050 for a guest lecture on Transhumanism, a movement focused on furthering the human condition by means of science and technology. The talk is led by the robotically preserved consciousness of a transgender scientist and is followed by an audience Q & A.
Part 3 is a high tech interactive dance piece that asks the simple question: how does a disembodied consciousness find love?
Continuing a long collaboration between theater and technology, the Love Machine team uses interactive, commercially available machines, combined with improvisation and character-based writing techniques, to create a live experience blasting forward into the future and asking the questions of tomorrow.