News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events

Oct. 13,  2009

Science and Art Collaborations Evolve New Works

Science and Art Collaborations

"A Creativity Conversation"

Dance choreographer David Neumann and chemist David Lynn talk about their collaboration.

Science and art come together at Emory this fall with a series of original works to further public understanding and engagement with both. The works honor the 150th anniversary of "On the Origin of Species" and the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth this year.

Emory's Center for Creativity and Arts commissioned nationally known artists to participate in the October 2008 "Emory Evolution Revolution Symposium" and February 2009 "Emory Evolving Arts: New Works Festival," resulting in innovative collaborations with scientists, artists and students.

Performances include:

• "Big Eater"

Dance and science meet on stage with "Big Eater," a multi-disciplinary work by artistic director David Neumann and his advanced beginner dance group this Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The performances, which mark the Atlanta debut of the work, will be in the dance studio of the Schwartz Center.

Performance tickets are $15; $10 Emory employees; $5 all students. Call 404.727.5050 or visit Arts at Emory.

• "A Creativity Conversation"

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Neumann discusses his collaboration with Emory scientist David Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology, in "Where Dance and Science Meet." University Vice President and Secretary Rosemary Magee will host this Creativity Conversation at 4 p.m., also in the dance studio. The event is free and open to the public.

• "The Accumulation of Change"

"The Accumulation of Change" is both a definition of evolution and a new art science performance collaboration between Lynn and Seattle's Lelavision Physical Music. This performance experiment, sponsored by the Emory College Program in Science and Society, combines Lelavision's hybrid genre of art (kinetic musical sculpture, music and dance) with excerpts from Lynn's research on the chemical origins of life, self-assembly and molecular evolution.

The premiere performance is Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. at Eyedrum Art & Music, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. S.E., Suite 8, Atlanta, 404.522.0655. A free performance for Emory students and employees takes place Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.  in the Schwartz Center Theater Lab. For reservations, call 404.712.4624. Tickets for Friday's event are $15 ($10 students, senior, and artists).  

See Arts at Emory for more information on all the Evolving Arts Commission projects and related events, including primatologist Frans de Waal and his "Hominid" play collaboration with Atlanta's Out of Hand Theater, in November.


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