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Blanca Li dances with robots to better understand them

Blanca Li dances with robots to better understand them
From Engadget - July 17, 2017

While you may not recognize 53-year-old Spaniard Blanca Li, you have no doubt seen her work. She has collaborated with Paul and Stella McCartney, Coldplay, Michel Gondry and Daft Punk, having choreographed the latter's Around the World music video. In her early career, she was one of the first choreographers to work with hip hop music, put out a successful rap album with the pop group Xoxones and wore a leather Flamenco dress at a Paris cabaret as "Sara the MC."

Robot -- which debuted at the Festival Montpellier Danse in 2013, and has played ever since -- is loaded with technology. On top of the multiple robots, it features wearable tech, images projected onto dancers, and the "nonsense" musical device orchestra by Maywa Denki.

Many of the dancers (and even the NAO robots) sport Maywa Denki's signature powder blue coveralls. "The costume is designed as a typical working uniform of Japanese electric stores, symbolizing small/medium-sized enterprises that had once supported Japan's economy during its high-growth period," Maywa Denki's website explains.

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