And Who Is Useless Now?

And Who Is Useless Now? is an original theater performance about a man, four robots, one slightly elitist artificial intelligence, and the transfer of responsibility to technologies.

While Wendy the A.I. is trying to use art to win humans’ acceptance as a thinking being, Florent who shares the stage with her is beginning to doubt his human mind. How much freedom and human qualities are we willing to sacrifice for comfort? The show is inspired by the ideas of Alan Turing, the founder of modern computer science, and Marvin Minsky, a pioneer of machine thinking. They both believed the human mind was just a very complicated machine.
The languages used in the show are Czech and English. Alternate language versions are English and French, or English and German.

Theme, director: Ondřej Holba (CZ)

performing: Florent Golfier (FR/CZ)

Artistic advisor: Heli Väätäinen (FIN)

Light-design: Martin Hamouz (CZ)

Music: J. S. Bach, Ferenc Liszt, Roman Zabelov

Photo: Benn Murhaaya, Vojtěch Brtnický

video presentation made for Czech Circus Showcase:

Theme, Director: Ondřej Holba (CZ)

Performing: Florent Golfier (FR/CZ)

Umělecká spolupráce: Heli Väätäinen (FIN)

Light-design: Martin Hamouz (CZ)

Music: J. S. Bach, Ferenc Liszt, Roman Zabelov

Photo: Benn Murhaaya, Vojtěch Brtnický

photo: Vojtěch Brtnický
photo: Vojtěch Brtnický

Contact:

Ondřej Holba

o.holba@gmail.com

 

Booking Manager:

Nikola Křížek

krizkova.booking@gmail.com

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Yasen Vasilev: Check the Czech: 2021 Czech Dance Platform
SeeingDance   ̶  

And who is useless now?, by Czech director Ondřej Holba, is a piece for one human performer and several robots and is somehow a smart continuation of this theatrical tradition of science fiction with a contemporary twist as, a century later, our lives resemble the dystopian fiction we used to read as we imagined the future.

Despite addressing tough questions about human jobs made obsolete by machines, the piece remains entertaining yet smart, light-hearted yet deep. It draws on dance and mime, and object and puppet theatre. French performer Florent Golfier’s presence is light, funny and engaging without trespassing the boundaries of good taste or going too far with audience interaction (unlike another show on the platform). The show is both humorous and intelligent and would be a good fit in many programmes, while successfully working for both adult and young audiences..

Hana Strejčková: And Who Is Useless Now? Kdo ví!?
Taneční aktuality   ̶  

Komorní autorský projekt režiséra Ondřeje Holby rozehrával úvahy o vztahu člověka a umělé inteligence. V precizně promyšleném prostoru se utkali člověk – představitel lidstva Florent Golfier a všudypřítomná, avšak nehmatatelná, Wendy, zástupkyně uměle vytvořených bytostí. Inscenace And Who Is Useless Now? inspirovaná myšlenkami britského matematika a kryptonalytika Alana Turinga a amerického vědce Marvina Lee Minsky, se v premiéře odehrála v Paláci Akropolis.

Kateřina Korychová: And who is useless now? – Umělá inteligence versus člověk

CIRQUEON   ̶   4.11.2019 Divadelní, taneční a novocirkusová sezóna je v plném proudu. A že se toho letos děje opravdu hodně. Za velice krátkou dobu (divák se nestačil ani řádně regenerovat) se odehrál například festival 4+4 dny v pohybu, Palm Off Fest nebo zcela nový festival Mime Mission. Toto „hýřivé“ období si vybral i režisér a performer Ondřej Holba pro svou premiéru nové autorské inscenace And who is useless now? v Paláci Akropolis. Na novém projektu se dramaturgicky podílela i finská režisérka Heli Väätäinen, se kterou Holba již dříve spolupracoval na své inscenaci Still Life (2016). …

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project is supported by the Erasmus+ projects: Circollaborative Tools and CircusNEXT+