Choreographer and dancer Jean Abreu collaborated with University of Bath’s Dr Leon Watts, Computer Scientist, for his interactive performance, Solo for Two. In an interactive environment, a little robot called ‘Macheba’ interacts with and observes the dancers, mirroring and absorbing our human identities.
With the use of robotics in Solo for Two, Jean Abreu explores the challenges of technology in his work, focusing on how a migratory identity is created by cycles of loss, letting go and new beginnings.
Born in Brazil, Jean Abreu choreographed his first work in 2003 and later that year was honoured with the Jerwood Choreography Award. Since then, his work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Brazil including performances for London Dance Umbrella, the Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre.
Dr Leon Watts is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. Leon has an international reputation for Human Computer Interaction research in the design and use of interactive communication technologies in all forms, including the creation of humanly meaningful robot emotion. He is interested in the use of interactive technologies in communication, including the mutual recognition of emotions through a virtual presence.