London, Oct 9 (ANI): More that a century old opera Swan Lake has entered the age of robotics-a robotic swan that dances to a remix of Tchaikovsky's classic has been created.
A theatre director, a choreographer and a computer scientist put their heads together to create the robot and the dancing creature has fascinated and moved test audiences.
Computer scientist Lars Asplund from Malardalen University in Vasteras, and theatre director Kerstin Gauffin, at the university's Eskilstuna campus, came up with the idea when discussing how close machines can come to being human.
"We wanted to show that robots aren't just industrial, functional machines. We can actually connect with them emotionally," New Scientist quoted Asplund as saying.
The 1-metre tall robot has 19 joints, making it just flexible enough to do ballet.
Professional dancer and choreographer Asa Unander-Scharin created the 4-minute dance routine to the Swan Lake remix.
"The dance routine is extremely well done. Nobody will be able resist the desperation, beauty and fragility in this swan, which is fighting for its life," said Gauffin.
The swan made its debut at a book fair in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 23 September. (ANI)