Future Fortune

What will our future look like, starting with this present now? In a time of constant uncertainties, in her new HAU co-production Dragana Bulut explores how people use different strategies in order to predict and also shape their future. Together on stage with a semi-humanoid robot, she looks into the tension between determinism, free will and choice making. Thereby she also refers to the influential but almost forgotten play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek, who introduced the term ‘robot’. Using tools of classic science fiction, the performance time travels through the temporality of its own production within the contemporary art market. Is the future already determined by the present? If so, what happens when we sacrifice the present for the construction of the future?

Happyology by Dragana Bulut | Light: Joseph Wegmann
Production: Dragana Bulut. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, PACT Zollverein (Essen). Funded by: Berlin Senat Department for Culture and Europe, the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK Coproduction Fund for Dance, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Supported by: Bitef Theater Belgrade, Station Service for contemporary dance Belgrade. In co-operation with: ShowBotiXX (Rainer E. Becker and Matthias Hoffman).
Thanks to: Adaptive Systems Group, Department of Computer Science, Humboldt University of Berlin.
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