How do you dance Einstein?

2005 is Einstein Year. And what other art could be more suited to dealing with the relativity of time and space than dance? Yet as far as the eye can see, only one man has taken on the challenge: Mark Baldwin. It is his first work for the Rambert Dance Company, which he has directed since 2002. It’s a big job but someone’s got to do it

Einstein Year marks the hundredth anniversary of Einstein’s annus mirabilis in 1905, a year in which he made major contributions to three areas of science – special relativity, Brownian motion and the photoelectric effect. To celebrate this important centenary, 2005 has been designated World Year of Physics. The Institute of Physics in the UK and Ireland has drawn up a year-long programme of events to highlight the contribution of contemporary physics to society. Including an invitation to the Rambert Dance Company.

“Constant Speed“ provides the opportunity to bring Einstein’s ideas, revolutionary in both scientific and philosophical terms, to a public that would not normally encounter them. What may seem an unlikely collaboration has enabled two outwardly very different disciplines to share their knowledge and create a truly unique work. And as the project has developed, it has become clear how the two are surprisingly compatible.
For choreographer Mark Baldwin, the project was initially a daunting challenge as he knew little of physics theories at the outset. However, as part of the collaboration, help was provided. Baldwin was introduced to Ray Rivers, Professor of Theoretical ...

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Tanz Mai 2005
Rubrik: Körper, Seite 24
von Francesca Eyles