The RAD Lab is a collective for art-making, commercialization, education, outreach, and research at the intersection of dance and robotics. Our practice values the creativity of engineers (particularly those interested in the motion of machines) and the technical insight of artists (particularly those with a physical practice). We are curious about questions like: What is the sentiment or idea expressed by a particular moving machine? How can it be modified through onstage composition, mechanical and control design, and audience culture and preparation? How do machines inform our understanding of the phenomenon of human embodiment and intelligence? In grappling with questions like these, we make work that reflects a deep understanding of how modern machines work. Sometimes the work takes advantage of the sensationalism that automatically accompanies automation, but the work invariably aims to lift the curtain and explicate the innerworkings of machines, from smartphones to robots, highlighting the audience’s own power over them. We endeavor to bring the public into the kind of creative relationship with machines that we have in the lab, one that celebrates the value of human movement, agency, and expression, which we believe is inherently highlighted through moving with machines -- or by dancing with robots.