the importance of being alan turing


alan turing (1912-1954) was a mathematician, cryptanalyst and first generation computer scientist. best known for his breakthrough deciphering the codes for the german enigma machine during world war II, preventing the war from extending for longer, turing was also a pioneer in artificial intelligence. in 1952, the scientist faced a criminal prosecution for homosexuality, back then considered a serious indecency. convicted and chemically castrated, turing died two years later of cyanide poisoning – still unclear if accidentally or deliberately. in 2009, after an internet campaign, the british government apologized publicly for the sentence and, in 2013, so did queen elizabeth II.
in the importance of being alan turing – an emotional technology project – bonneville delved into an obsessive exploration of the body’s relationship with electronic music, where bodily experience meets mathematical discipline to evoke erotic potency.
for this performance, bonneville collaborated with sound artist clothilde and her modular synthesizers, reminiscent of early-age computers. together, they sought to traverse a ‘world of ghosts traveling through the wires,’ crafting music aimed at liberating the body from conventional constraints.

director, composer, writer and performer: miguel bonneville. co-creator, composer and performer: clothilde. sound effects: blackbambi. sound operation: josé veiga. costume design: mariana sá nogueira. lighting design: nuno patinho. set design: nuno tomaz. text for program leaflet: joão manuel de oliveira. visual content: joana linda. book design: ilhas. executive production: diogo melo, carina lourenço. production: teatro do silêncio. support: fundo cultural spa. residency support: arte total/ guelra – laboratório de criação coreográfica, teatro cão solteiro, voarte/soudos – espaço rural de artes e aac-soudos. co-production: circular festival de artes performativas, festival verão azul – casabranca. this project was financed by governo de portugal/secretaria de estado da cultura/dgartes.

25th of september 2020, circular festival de artes performativas, vila do conde, portugal

19th of november 2021, festival verão azul, faro, portugal
14th – 15th of october 2021, festival temps d’images, lisbon, portugal