?In our industry, they barely look like people, but in Asia, humanoid robots have already been developed for some time, for example for care-work or as sex partners. The external similarity to human beings makes the acceptance of machines easier. However, if the machine is too similar to a human, we grow wary: what is human, what is machine? Japanese robotics researchers call this weird similarity the ‘ uncanny valley’. Stefan Kaegi works with writer Thomas Melle, who allowed an animatronic double of himself to be made. What does it mean for the original when the copy takes over? Does the original get to know himself better? Do we, as the audience, feel as much empathy for a machine as for a human person? concept, text & direction Stefan Kaegi text, body and voice Thomas Melle music Nicolas Neecke equipment Evi Bauer animatronic Chiscreatures dramaturgy Martin Valdés-Stauber video design Mikko Gaestel filmeffects GmbH manufacturing and art finish of the silicone head / coloration and hair Tommy Opatz  light design/ touring Martin Schwemin sound – and video design / touring Jaromir Zezula production management Rimini Protokoll / touring Epona Hamdan produced by Münchner Kammerspiele and co-produced by Temporada Alta, Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Feodor Elutine / Moscow / Russia, SPRING Performing Arts Festival Utrecht / The Netherlands, Triennale Teatro dell'Arte, Milano, donaufestival Krems. performing rights by Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg