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Galatea_Reset: New work for Lyric Opera: a collaboration between Boyer and Computer & Information Sciences


Posted July 29, 2013
Linda Fiore/

Greek mythology superstars Acis, Galatea and Pygmalion will be center stage in GALATEA_RESET, a new work for lyric theater created by Maurice Wright and Rolf Lakaemper,  on September 20 and 21 at the Conwell Dance Theater on Temple University’s main campus.

Three research robots, owned by Lakaemper’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences, were programmed to sense their surroundings and navigate their way on stage. He created the software that interfaces with the programs developed by Wright to create musical sound processed by individual computers installed in the robots and synchronized
to a base station computer. The robots “act” the parts of Galatea, Acis and Polyphemus while the roles of Pygmalion, Galatea2 and Venus are sung by Temple opera alumni and a current student.

Referencing related works by Handel, Shaw, and Rosseau, this collaboration was inspired by the idea of using robots to carry loudspeakers to create spatial music.

“I have long admired Rolf’s study of machine autonomy and was excited to have this opportunity to work with him,” says Wright, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Composition at Temple.

September 20, 2013:  7:30 PM and September 21, 2013:  2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Conwell Dance Theater
N. Broad St. & Montgomery Ave.  (5th floor)
$20: general admission/$15: seniors & students w/ID
$10 for Temple employees & DanceUSA passes and $5 for Temple students with Owlcard
Cash sales only at Liacouras Center box office or buy online: 800-298-4200

Robot costumes by Sandra James
Lighting design& production management by Nanette Joyce

John McCarthy, baritone, as Pygmalion
Melissa Mino, soprano, as Galatea2
Isabelle Nicole Ness, soprano, as Venus

Robot Galatea