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CaltechLive presents Opening Doors, a themed series of dance, music, and theater events on campus that showcase artists whose work engages with both the history of science and cutting-edge scientific research.

Following selected Opening Doors events, a moderated discussion will engage artists, Caltech scientists, and audience members in conversation around the topics explored in the performances, such as artificial intelligence, ethics in research, and climate change.

Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

October 4, 2024, 8 PM
October 5, 2024, 2:30 PM and 8 PM
October 6, 2024, 2:30 PM and 8 PM
in Caltech's
Ramo Auditorium

Tickets: $40 general; $10 students (with student ID)

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Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage tells the story of Nikola Tesla, a brilliant but controversial inventor and futurist during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla's volatile relationship with Thomas Edison, his allegiance with George Westinghouse, and his confrontations with the power brokers of American business are recounted from the perspective of the possible implications of his work on national security. The play is staged as a radio drama featuring live sound effects and a small cast of renowned actors who portray close to 50 different characters while chronicling Tesla's life.

Written by Dan Duling
Directed by Michael Arabian
Produced by Conwell S. Worthington, II
Sound effects by Tony Palermo

HUANG YI & KUKA

Credit: Huang Yi

October 18, 2024, 8 PM
October 19, 2024, 8 PM
in Caltech's
Beckman Auditorium

Tickets: $60 premium; $40 general; $10 students (with student ID)

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HUANG YI & KUKA weaves together the art of modern dance and the science of mechanical engineering in a series of stunning vignettes between live dancers from the Huang Yi Studio and KUKA, a robot conceptualized and programmed by Huang Yi, an acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer, dancer, and inventor. A seamless synthesis of human movement and innovation, HUANG YI & KUKA is a groundbreaking work that celebrates the future of humanity and technology and has captivated global audiences. It aims to spark conversations about the capacity of computers to exhibit true creativity in a world where advances in autonomous robotics—including at Caltech—are moving at a rapid pace.

The HUANG YI & KUKA performances are made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan.

Concept, Choreography and Lighting Design by Huang Yi
Movement by Huang Yi and Hu Chien
Costume by Hu Chien

HomeCare by Tonality

Credit: Tonality Ensemble

November 16, 2024, 8 PM
in Caltech's
Beckman Auditorium

Tickets: $40 premium; $30 general; $10 students (with student ID)

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The Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble Tonality presents HomeCare, a choral concert focused on the climate crisis that includes the use of words from young leaders who have spoken about the urgent need for action to conserve what resources are still available on this planet. Tonality's mission is to deliver authentic stories through voice and body to incite change, understanding, and dialogue. Directed by founder Alexander Lloyd Blake, the performance will feature 24 singers, five instrumentalists, and two ASL interpreters. Known for creating choral concerts that focus on issues rarely presented in choral music, Tonality received the 2020 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

Directed by Alexander Lloyd Blake

Turing Tests, Apples, and Queens: Collective Storytelling Through Fairy Tales and Artificial Intelligence by Invertigo Dance Theatre

Credit: Invertigo Dance Theatre

December 6, 2024, 8 PM
December 7, 2024, 8 PM
in Caltech's
Beckman Auditorium

Tickets: $40 premium; $30 general; $10 students (with student ID)

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Turing Tests, Apples, and Queens: Collective Storytelling Through Fairy Tales and Artificial Intelligence blends fact and mythological fiction to explore the life and work of English mathematician Alan Turing through dance. Performed by LA-based Invertigo Dance Theatre, the program uses movement, music, and words to illuminate facets of Turing's experiences as a WWII codebreaker, the father of computer science, and a gay man who faced discrimination and criminalization. An interactive component of the performance will give audience members the opportunity to explore humankind's timeless, tangled, and nuanced relationship with technology as raised by Turing's work in artificial intelligence.

Choreographer and Invertigo Dance Theatre founder Laura Karlin has conceived this special program just for Caltech.

Written and choreographed by Laura Karlin

Opening Doors is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors.
A collage of logos of PST ART, CEFCU, and Friends of Beckman
A collage of logos of the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Winnow & Glean, and TUF