Two maps of the cosmos, choreographed.
“Harmony: A Dance of the Skies” was originally created in Professor Hallie Franks and Professor Matthew Stanley’s spring 2015 Interdisciplinary Seminar, “Achilles’ Shield: Mapping the Ancient Cosmos.”
Em Watson writes, “The first half of this dance shows the temporal relationships between the movement of the first six planets and the moon. This portion is a study of the difference between ‘referencing’ and ’embodying’ a character in a performance, and it serves as a map of both space and time. The second half is based on Johannes Kepler’s Harmonices Mundi. The tones you hear are from his original composition. The movement is improvised, with specific constraints given to each dancer, and it is meant to mirror the idea of harmony between separate entities. Each dancer improvises separately, but they work together to create a harmonious image.”