It was the Swedish choreographer Fredrik ‘Benke’ Rydman who created the dance. Together with the major industrial robot, he created a dance show that strongly reflects a shift where modern technology, automation and artificial intelligence make available cooperation and interaction between people and machines.
After the show, Benke and the ABB robot received a standing ovation, and the dance was also celebrated by critics.
IRB 6620 is one of ABB’s largest robots. The robot is working daily in industry, where it typically performs tasks such as precision welding or complicated assembly work in cooperation with factory workers.
Benke said the ABB robot is the perfect dance partner. He pointed out that it is very accurate while having perfect timing.
Erik Hellström is one of the engineers who worked with the performance. He said one of the hardest things was to give the robot a seamless connection to the music, but that the collaboration with Benke led to great advances.
“It is remarkable how the IRB 6620 now seems to be able to feel both the music and the dancer,” said Hellstöm.
Benke’s new works will be displayed at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm until the end of November. Kulturhuset Stadsteatern is one of the largest and most important cultural centres in Northern Europe.
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