Nightclub hires 'robot strippers' to perform next to human pole dancers

A pole-dancing robot. Photo: Reuters.

Robots are often accused of stealing people's jobs but night club dancers have not had to worry - until now.

Two robots in high heels will make their debut next week at the SC-Club in Nantes, western France, and performing pole dancing routines for a month to mark the club's fifth anniversary.

Designed by British artist Giles Walker, the robots have their metal bodies overlaid with parts from plastic mannequins.

"For us, it's a wink, a homage in a way to robotics," club owner Laurent Roue told Reuters, acknowledging it was an unlikely sector for robots to be used in.

"We need something human, warmth, physical contact, and this is really putting together opposites.”

He said the robots would not replace the club's 10 real dancers, who would perform alongside the newcomers.

"They won't really change our sector. They won't replace us," said a 23-year-old dancer who gave her name as Lexi.

“We're not in a vulgar job. It's an artistic job. It's something that’s beautiful, and robots won't change that."

Photo: Reuters.

This isn't the first time that the pole-dancing robots have taken to the stage.

The robots were first displayed at the Sapphire Gentleman's Club during the CES technology conference in 2018.

"This is our 18th year for the club, and we felt we needed to come up with something new and unique," Peter Feinstein, the club's managing director said.

"It used to be just nerds. But we wanted something more creative that would appeal to both men and women."


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