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Švanda Theater collaborates with American universities, with which it co-produces projects in the English language, in the past it has collaborated so with Georgetown University (Washington) or The New School (New York).
Unfortunately, all projects with the univeristies are currently disrupted due to Covid-19.
AI: When a Robot Writes a Play
On-line Premiere Date 26/2/2021 with English subtitles
In 2019, the innovator Tomáš Studeník came up with an idea to celebrate one hundred years since the first performance of Karel Čapek's play RUR (which brought the word "robot" in to the world) in an unconventional way – by a theatre play written not by a human, but by artificial intelligence. Based on this idea, a team was formed consisting of computer scientists from Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (led by computational linguist Rudolf Rosa) and theater makers from the Švanda Theater and students of The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (led by the head of the Švanda Theater, director and pedagogue Daniel Hrbek). By mutual cooperation and debate, they decided to answer the question of whether artificial intelligence is able to write a play and how it will behave when processing such a task.
The performance AI: When a Robot Writes a Play is the final part of the first phase of the THEaiTRE project, which in the upcoming months aims to further improve the generating system and to try to find out whether AI (and to what extent) can handle not only dialogues but also the structure of the whole play.
The fact that this is not an event for only a narrow circle of "insiders" is proved by the fact that the media and the general public at home and abroad are showing interest in the event, but also the fact that the THEaiTRE project has received significant support within the framework of The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR) grant and it is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
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