Language Game


A series of performances that use customized editions of the Puppeteer motion-capture suit to communicate concepts concerning the use of motion, gesture and the spoken word as forms of communication.

The Language Game series is a project by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson.
Each Language Game edition is realized in collaboration with individual dancers, performers or otherwise interested professionals.


In this first edition of the Language Game, the performer, wearing a custom designed soft sensor suit, puppeteers Lemur’s surrounding robotic musical instruments. As the performer begins to experiment with the system’s potential, her dance becomes both action and reaction.
This Language Game edition was developed during a one-month residency at Lemur in Brooklyn, NY.


The following videos can also be found on the Language Game YouTube playlist, or download high quality version of edited performance video (57MB)

Performance at Lemur

Rehearsals at Lemur


All of the following photos and more can be found in original size in the following Flickr sets: Mika’s Puppeteer2NY and Hannah’s Language Game

Front and back of suit

Performer in motion

Close-ups and details

The technology inside and out


Lemur’s musical robots

For support and collaboration we would like to thank:

Micaela Schedlbauer
Micaela is a competitive ballroom dancer based in New York. She is also interested in new media dance/performance.

League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots

Concept, soft sensor suit and motion-capture to midi interface by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson. Performer, professional ballroom dancer Micaela Schedlbauer. Robotic musical instruments by Lemur, League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots.