24 - 25 Aug 2012
Sayonara is the result of a unique collaboration between one of Japan’s award-winning theatre directors Oriza Hirata in collaboration with robotics specialist Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka University and ATR Intelligent Robotics & Communications Laboratory.
Sayonara is an internationally acclaimed innovative short play that tells a story of a young girl facing terminal illness and her gentle caretaker android who reads poetry to her.
Sayonara asks challenging and provocative questions about the essence of life, death and what it means to be human. The interaction between actor and robot provides a compelling narrative and exudes a powerful philosophical tension that makes this an extraordinary theatrical event.
Be prepared to have any existing notion about the relationship between humans and robots turned on its head.