This is a really interesting collaboration between CERN (a hugely significant particle accelerator in Switzerland, where, coincidentally, one employee, Tim Berners-Lee, just happened to invent the World Wide Web one day in 1990 or thereabouts) and contemporary dance. CERN devised a three-year artist residency programme “designed to take artistic work to new creative dimensions by encountering particle physics”. Read more about it here: http://thedancecentre.ca/compagnie_gilles_jobin2
I find the concept fascinating and exciting. I am totally against a segregation between math and literature, between art and science, between humanities and engineering. Although we make divisions of convenience, we must never forget that these divisions are artificial.
The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series
Compagnie Gilles Jobin: QUANTUM
Thursday–Saturday October 16–18, 2014 at 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Post-show artist talkback October 17
Art and science collide in QUANTUM, an exciting new work by Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin inspired by his residency at the largest particle physics laboratory in the world – CERN in Geneva. Six outstanding dancers power through intricate, densely textured choreography to explore the subtle balances of the forces that shape our world: matter, gravity, time and space. The work is illuminated by acclaimed German artist Julius von Bismarck’s kinetic installation of suspended industrial lamps which are activated by the movement of the dancers, and American composer Carla Scaletti’s electronic score incorporates data from the Large Hadron Collider. QUANTUM epitomizes the adventurous, searching spirit of both artistic and scientific inquiry.
Jobin spent several months immersed in the world of scientists at CERN, who study the origins of the universe through the Large Hadron Collider, the most complex machine ever devised. “My aim was to find ‘movement generators’, principles underlying movement and emanating from quantum physics, which I could adapt on our scale,” explains Jobin. “I realized that we are not piles of matter, but that our bodies are held together by a subtle balance of quantum forces. As a contemporary dancer, trained to work with the ground and used to contact, I found this a whole new paradigm.” QUANTUM premiered in the fall of 2013 in Geneva and has toured around Europe and South America: in addition to Vancouver, this fall the piece will be presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s New Waves Festival, as well as in San Francisco, Chile, Brazil and Peru, and in Lausanne as part of a retrospective of Jobin’s work.