Picture: Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Picture: Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Picture: Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Picture: Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de

My Square Lady

Men and machines. An opera Sensing (2015)
Opera Sensing
A robot called Myon, the internationally acclaimed performance group Gob Squad and specialists from a wide variety of departments of the Komische Oper Berlin have come together to create this work.  They promise a thrilling voyage of discovery in the form of an opera, a "power plant of emotion", with lots of questions and an open ending…

What makes a person a person? How could an object or a "simple life-form" be transformed into one? After George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, and Frederick Loewe’s world-famous musical My Fair Lady, the German/British performance collective Gob Squad is working together with the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at Humboldt University in Berlin, and the staff and singers of the Komische Oper Berlin in an attempt to provide an answer. Entitled My Square Lady, this performance sees the Gob Squad leading the autonomous humanoid robot Myon on a voyage of discovery through each department of the Komische Oper Berlin. Myon’s task is to explore opera, as a "power plant of emotion" in all its facets, and in the process learn what it means to feel human emotions, express them, and prompt them in others. Whether Myon makes it as a human being - or even an opera star - will be demonstrated at the end of the season, on stage at the Komische Oper.
2 hours 45 minutes, one intermission

Introduction 30 minutes before the beginning of the performance, Foyer (except premieres and special events).


Musical direction
Concept, direction and costumes
(Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will)
Stage design
Gob Squad, Romy Kießling
Development and support robot
Ulrich Lenz, Christina Runge
Kathrin Krottenthaler
Costumes assistance
Susanne Weiske
Torsten Siedel, Stefan Bethge, Christian Thiele, Marcus Janz, Peter Hirschfeld, Jörg Meier, Mario Weidner
Project managment
Rainer Simon, Christina Runge
Musical rehearsal
Peter Meiser
Assistant director
Sibylle Polster
Anna Buschke, Peter Meiser, André Cipowicz
Directing trainees
Lea Aigner, Maria Gamsjäger, Leicy Valenzuela
Stage managing
Sabine Franz


Robot + Team
Leader Neurorobotics Research Laboratory
Gob Squad
Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Bastian Trost
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