Alone With Schubert and 2 Flying MIT Robots

July 20, 2011

As Pilobolus continues its 40th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater, the group, which started in 1971 and is named after a fungus, is — by the looks of it — working hard to maintain its playful edge. For its third program of the season, Pilobolus also offered the New York premiere of “Seraph,” a short piece with a long list of creators. In it Matt Del Rosario is joined by two X-shaped robots — they dart about the stage like alien wasps — prettified by bright, sometimes flashing, lights. Choreographed with the engineers, programmers and pilots of the M.I.T. Distributed Robotics Laboratory, “Seraph” is credited to Robby Barnett, Molly Gawler, Ms. Jaworski and Itamar Kubovy in collaboration with the laboratory (directed by Daniela Rus) and the former and current M.I.T. Ph.D. students William Selby, Brian Julian, Daniel Soltero, Andrew Marchese and Carrick DetweilerRead the rest of the article in The New York Timesphoto by Andrea Mohin

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