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"Dancing with Mathematica" - Cambridge Science Festival, April 26, 2009

Dancing with Mathematica

Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Broad Institute-MIT & Harvard
http://www.broad.mit.edu

7 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Public parking lot nearby and on-street parking available.
Wheelchair accessible

Dancing with Mathematica is a journey through complexity in movement, body projection and sound. The program is live performance of two pieces including movement, electronic sound and video. The music, generated in Mathematica is by composer Katarina Miljkovic http://katarina-miljkovic.net; choreography by Dawn Kramer http://dawnkramer.info; video projections by Stephen Buck.

The music and choreography in Cracking are structured on four classes of complexity, proposed by Stephen Wolfram in A New Kind of Science. While music develops by evolution of cellular automata, from simple to universally complex, choreography reflects on the nature of choice and questions the concept of self as a solid, separate reality. Cracking premiered at MassArt last spring and was also performed at Boston University and Jordan Hall. A video document of the live performance and the music was presented at the International Festival of Sounds in Belgrade.

The new piece, Entanglement, explores Rule 109. Choreography looks at the body in relation to self, gender, transgender, and aging. Dawn Kramer, Brian McCook, and two mystery guests perform Entanglement.

An artist demonstration, talk, and Q&A will be part of the one-hour program.
Admission: Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 students/seniors
This event is appropriate for adults and college and high school students.

Special thanks to the Cambridge Science Festival, CyberArts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and The New England Conservatory of Music.

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