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Sapient: A performance exploring the intersection of dance, robotics, humanness, and labor

Join us for an outdoor art performance by Interdisciplinary Artist Amenda Tate. While three dancers perform a Polka and a contemporary freestyle, Amenda’s robot, Manibus, will translate those movements to a canvas with acrylic paint. “The whole process is like becoming a record of the moment in time, capturing the energy that is transmitted during a live performance,” Tate says. “The project captures the movement and that turns the medium into a new art form.”

While Manibus is a robot, the works are based on human interactions during dance. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first use of the word robot in the Czech Play, R.U.R. (Rossom’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek. In addition to our exhibit, A Century of Robots: From Čapek to Now, this performance will commemorate the creation of the word that changed society forever.

Amenda Tate is a 2019 Iowa Arts Council Fellow. She has worked as an Artist-In Residence at New York Mills Cultural Center, Area 515 Makerspace, and with Ballet Des Moines.  Her works have been featured by various media outlets including the New York Times, WHO-TV 13 News, the Denver Post, the book Art Jewelry Today 2, Des Moines Register, Better Homes & Gardens, dsm Magazine, and Popular Science.  Special honors include a permanent collection commission by Arrow Electronics in conjunction with Cherry Arts and the Colorado Ballet, two Editor’s Choice Awards at the New York International Maker Faire, and special recognition award in the International RobotArt competition.

Location: NCSML Rockwell Collins Amphitheater

Cost: Free, no registration required.

Seating will be marked and designated to ensure social distancing. It will be available one hour before the performance and is first-come-first served. You can bring chairs. No Food or Drink Allowed. Hand Sanitizer will be provided.

Sponsored by GCRCF Program Fund

Support provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Safety Rules & Guidelines

  • Please stay within the marked seating areas, distanced from other guests. Each spot should comfortably accommodate 2-4 people.
  • Please stay within the group that you arrived with.
  • Masks are required while walking around and getting to your spot. Masks are required for staff and volunteers.
  • All interactions outside of your group should be done wearing masks while distanced 6 feet apart from one another.
  • Please do not attend if you or anyone in your household is or has been sick or has been diagnosed or in direct contact with someone who had COVID-19 in the past 14 days. We also encourage those who are considered by the CDC to be more at risk to avoid in person events, such as this one.

For additional information or need assistance or an accommodation for any ticketed programs or RSVP events, please contact Teresa Stenstrup (Director of Programs) at: 319-362-8500 ext. 204 or email tstenstrup@ncsml.org.


August 29, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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