Thursday, April 27, 2006

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots): A Futurist Folk Opera

About two weeks ago, as we were discussing R.U.R. in class, a student asked me if it had ever been performed. I wish I'd known this then. R.U.R., the play by Karel Čapek that gave us the word robot, has been made into an opera and is being performed this week and the next.
This world premiere will blend Rock, Tango, Jazz and Punk music with contemporary dance to re-imagine Karel Čapek's original 1921 classic, R.U.R (Rossum's Universal Robots). Čapek's play that started it all, introducing the word ROBOT into the world's lexicon and into our fantasies, is reexamined for the 21st Century.

This project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).
Via Jerz's Literacy Weblog. Dennis also has a great R.U.R. resource page

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