The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art produces year-round classes and workshops for children and adults interested in expressing their personal creativity and learning new skills.
Harvey Bott ROBOTT™ Opera Workshop & Performance
October 21 -22, 2023
Orange Show World Headquarters
The Harvey Bott ROBOTT™ Opera Revisited is a two-day workshop and participatory performance that brings together sculpture, drama, conservation, and robotics in a tribute to one of Houston’s most beloved and longstanding visionary artists. Inspired by H.J. “Harvey” Bott’s groundbreaking experiments with remote-controlled art robots in the late 1970's and early ‘80s, this program comprises:
The restoration of one of the original Ro-Botts
A workshop of guided robot assembly and decoration geared for both kids and adults
The collaborative development and rehearsal of a script
A concluding public performance with projected video and live musical accompaniment.
Participants will be introduced to electronics and electronic components and sensors; Arduino programming; sound recording and manipulation; sculpting with found objects; and the creation and implementation of a group performance in front of an audience.
Matt Fries will facilitate the Robott build; T. Lavois Thiebaud will lead the opera choreography; Anthony Barilla will provide musical accompaniment for the live show.
The multimedia performance on the evening of Sunday October 22nd is the culmination of the workshop and a chance for participants to show off their robots to friends, family, and the Houston community. FREE TO ATTEND
$300 per Adult Participant - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Workshop participants must be available from 10am-5pm both Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22, as well as for the performance on Sunday, October 22 from 7-9pm. Lunch and snacks will be included on both days. Registration includes a kit containing everything needed to assemble a fully operational (and completely unique) remote controlled robot.
Adult registrations will help support youth scholarships for the live workshop and performance
Student Registration - CLICK HERE TO APPLY
This workshop is offered free for students 13+ who apply through the link above. Only ten students will be selected to participate. Participants must be available from 10am-5pm both Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22, as well as for the performance on Sunday, October 22 from 7-9pm. Lunch and snacks will be included on both days. Participants will receive a kit containing everything needed to assemble a fully operational (and completely unique) remote controlled robot.
RSVP for ROBOTT Opera Public Performance - CLICK HERE TO RSVP
The ROBOTT Opera performance on Sunday, October 22nd is free to the public. Please register at the link above.
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