Physics and Dance Take Center Stage

On Dec. 7, SYREN Modern Dance, a New York dance company that explores the intersection of science and art, performed for the Westminster community on the Booker T. Bradshaw Jr. stage in the Werner Centennial Center. Kate Sutter, an artistic director with SYREN and a dance instructor at Westminster, choreographed “Ticktock,” a nonstop 50-minute performance, using constant movement as a study of  time and space. Dr. Paul Sutter, an astrophysicist, collaborated on the piece, appearing onstage and narrating sequences that explored physics theories, including Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Following the performance, physics students participated in a Science in Motion workshop with the company, creating dance movements related to physics concepts.
The enrichment program and the interactive exercise acted like a “bridge for students who love the arts and dance and those who love physics, allowing each group to step into the other’s space,” said science instructor Suzy Bailey.
The special program was part of the Graham Gund ’59 Visiting Artists Series, sponsored by the Gund family in honor of Graham Gund ’59.

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