WORKS ON TOUR
Centaur examines the consequences of using artificial intelligence and the power of technology. The title ‘Centaur’, inspired by the half-horse half-human creature from Greek mythology, is also the name of a computer-science concept that elevates human qualities by combining artificial and human intelligence.
Centaur is a high-tech dance performance, developed in collaboration with AI-artist Cecilie Waagner-Falkenstrøm and Ryoji Ikeda, Japan’s leading electronic composer and audio-visual artist.
Pontus Lidberg, an internationally established choreographer and film-maker, is known for his unique, poetic voice. His work opens a world of magical realism, where emotion and the subconscious are among the core elements. In Centaur, he explores what happens when dancers encounter a newly developed artificial intelligence program. Does technology change us, or simply reflect who we have always been?
SIREN is named after the mythical creatures who lured sailors with their song, compelling them to throw themselves into the sea. Only Ulysses managed to resist their call, by plugging his crew’s ears with wax and tying himself to the mast of his ship. The work considers Ulysses’ desire that can never be fulfilled, and the Siren’s song as a source of creative impulse. The work does not retell the myth, or any story, but is inspired by its themes of longing, creativity, and, unexpectedly, solitude.