Even though artificial beings and mechanical automats were conceived and constructed since the old ages, the word robot only exists for 100 years. In the mean time robots are all around us in our society, and it is foreseen that by 2030 more than 800 million jobs will be taken over by robots.

Choreographer Ugo Dehaes questions this evolution by appying it in his own artistic practice: he researches how he can replace his dancers with robots and his role as choreographer with artificial intelligence.

Leading up to the tabletop-performance Forced Labor (première in the summer of 2021), he presents his robots in the form of an installation-parcours: small groups of audience visit the different robots while they practice hard to become dancers. You witness how the robots get better at their movements, and you help them to become more intelligent by manipulting and evaluting them.