Robot, Eternal Love

After dancing with her father and with her life partner and giving birth to a little boy, Kaori Ito is left facing herself and confronted with her constantly moving artist’s life. She discovers the very contemporary feeling that time is accelerating. Putting herself in the shoes of a robot who must learn everything about human behaviours to come to life allows her to stand back from mankind, to live at last in the present time, to be really alive on stage. She is finally alone to accept death and learn how to love what really makes the essence of human beings, their fragilty.

Living as artists, we are very often on tour, travelling; our life seems very far from the idea of settling. We have very intense and very short encounters. We say hello and goodbye as in a series of little deaths. I often met the fear of being alone in this almost robotic way of life. Everything happened very fast and I felt like never having a rest. After a while, I needed a time of emptiness, the time of emptiness letting me think that maybe we can escape death. So I try to put myself in the shoes of an android imitating human behaviours by working on emptying my body. After giving birth to my child and living his delivery, I feel today that death and birth are closely related.

– Kaori Ito

Duration: 50 min.

A Production by Association Himé. In Coproduction with ADC in Geneva – Switzerland, KLAP – maison pour la danse – Marseille, MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard, Théâtre Garonne – scène européenne – Toulouse, Lieu Unique – Nantes, Avant-scène – Cognac, Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en–Yvelines, MAC de Creteil. Partners : Ministère de la culture – DRAC Ile de France, Fondation Sasakawa. With Support by Compagnie 111 – Aurélien Bory / nouvelle Digue, Flux Foundation in Geneva. The Himé Association is supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation for the whole of its projects. Kaori Ito is an associate artist to Creteil’s Mac, in artistic fellowship with KLAP Maison pour la danse and in residence at the 104. Compagnie Himé is being supported by Pro Helvetia for its tours .