Urban Verbunk Blending AI, Folk Dance in New Production

Art

Photo by Urban Verbunk

Urban Verbunk’s latest production entitled "Don't Lie to the Planet" is a performance based on an innovative performing arts concept that draws on the rich cultural heritage of Hungarian folk dance to raise awareness of today’s pressing global social issues while creating an attractive offering for audiences on European and international stages.

Urban Verbunk’s new performance is a meeting of Hungarian folk dance and artificial intelligence, creating a stunning visual experience with the dance of ancient elements.

The central theme of the show is the issue of artificial intelligence, which is increasingly affecting our society. Although it is becoming an increasingly important factor in our lives every day, the representation of this technology in stage dance has not yet been widespread. The production therefore uses it to show how we humans, through the use of AI, are dealing with our habitat, the environment we have created throughout our history, and what the future may hold.

The production will also cover topics such as man-made environmental damage (e.g. water scarcity, forest fires), our history and the global social problems of our time (e.g. the Holocaust, racial discrimination, hunger).

The production features the four elements that make up our world. Fire, water, earth and air are all present on the same stage, and the "fifth element”, artificial intelligence, is actively involved in the show’s events as a "showrunner”.

Urban Verbunk reimagines the world of music based on its bold concept of a progressive folk dance style that is unique in the world: the best-known works of the greats of classical music are performed in a unique orchestration with symphonic orchestral accompaniment, in a crossover sound, together with hits by the world’s biggest pop artists.

In addition to the dance and music, the grandiose visual elements accompanying the performance (a pool filled with over 2,500 liters of water, a flaming floor with sparkling drum beaters, and a 40 sqm trampoline carpet) combine to create a cinematic experience that is completely unique for pop culture, theater and opera audiences alike.

After a sold-out premiere in December - will be shown again at the Ram-Art Theater on February 15, March 10, and April 23.

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