Year2016
ProducerFlavio Machado
Technical Director for Staging and ScenicDave Williams
Production ManagerPedro Vilela
Technical ProducerJames Lee
DirectorFred Jelli

Rio Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Rio Paralympics Opening Ceremony Dancing Robot

For the 2016 Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium, American Paralympic snowboarder and double leg amputee, Amy Purdy, brought the crowd to their feet with her flirtatious, boundary-pushing dance as one half of an unexpected couple, person and dancing robot.

The model, actress and motivational speaker performed an inventive pas de deux with KUKA, a self-propelled, industrial robotic arm. Purdy and the robot played a game of give-and-take, increasing the intensity of their moves and challenging each other to push their limits, before Purdy was lifted four feet into the air.

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TAIT provided TAIT Navigator to control the KUKA robot.