The 2014 CalArts' HyperOpera (student created opera), The Beehive, is set in the future when humanoid robots known as 'Virtual Interactive Companions' or VIC's, are easily accessible and affordable to the average consumer. Their single purpose is to provide pleasure and companionship to their owners. Though they are not designed to have emotions, a glitch occuring inside of Mother, the artifical intelligent creator of the VIC's, causes them to experience human emotion. This results in many units malfunctioning while a few others discover a deeper relationship between them and their owners.
Directed by Maureen Huskey and created by the students and faculty of the Music School at the California Institute of the Arts, performed at the Disney Lund Dance Theatre, May 2014.