Champaign, Illinois – An interdisciplinary performance combining science, music, and movement that will explore humanity’s place in the cosmos, from the microscopic level to the vastness of the universe. The world premiere of the moviejoy of gathering‘It is September 17th in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The piece’s recurring theme comes together after a long chapter – represented in many ways, including people coming together after the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
The performance was created by Physics professor Smitha VisheshwaraAnd the stage professor LATRILL BRIGHTAnd the Music professor Stephen Andrew TaylorAnd the dance professor Rebecca Nettle Fuel And the chemistry Professor and former president of Beckmann Institute of Advanced Science and Technology Jeffrey Morewith input from collaborators in various disciplines of arts and sciences across campus.
Vishveshwara and Bright created “Quantum Voyages,” a 2018 performance clip explaining the basic concepts of quantum physics that debuted at physics professor and Nobel Prize winner Anthony Leggett’s celebration of his 80th birthday, and “Quantum Rhapsodies,” a more detailed 2019 production that’s been released. Conducted at the Beckman Institute that explored revolutionary ideas in quantum physics and the role they play in technology, including the music they perform Jupiter string quartet.
Vishveshwara and Bright said “The Joy of Regrouping” is a meeting of similar art and science and a much more ambitious project. The production uses the performing and visual arts to explore concepts of quantum physics, biochemistry, geology, and astronomy. The Krannert Center performance is the first iteration of this new work.
“It’s a journey through time, from the microscopic to the human to the astronomical,” Visheshwara said. “It’s exploring regrouping across all of these terrains — within cells, communities, and galaxies.”
The group held four workshops to develop the piece that included listening to scholars from across the campus. geology professor Bruce Fock I talked about the organisms that live in the geothermal waters of Yellowstone National Park; chemistry professor Martin Grobel explain how sound can help us understand biomolecular processes; Biochemist Mother Tajkhurchi discuss cell membranes and the coronavirus; researcher in biophysics Malih Sener Photosynthesis explained. astrophysicists Jeffrey PhilippinesAnd the Charles JamieAnd the Gilbert Holder And the Helfy Wetek The group helped understand the formation of planetary systems, galaxies and black holes.
Scientists were asked to talk not only about the basics of their research but also about how it relates to our humanity.
“Scientists are very poetic, actually, and very metaphorical,” said Nettle Fayol.
One workshop was devoted to improvisation on various musical instruments to create a sound scene for the production, while the fourth workshop, led by Bright, outlined how the concepts would be presented in the performance.
“We thought about the recurring patterns of meeting and breaking up and why” in creating the movement on stage, Bright said. The 12-person cast includes faculty, students, and community residents. Sometimes, they move in together as a group, then break up and get back together.
The show includes four movements, beginning with “We the Animals,” a look at humanity through gathering, praying, sharing, dancing, fighting, and working in nature and the machine.
It then travels back in time to the “Fragments of Life”, examining early biological life, including cells and how they were affected by the coronavirus; Photosynthesis; carbon; and sulfur bacteria, which depend on each other to survive in their harsh environments.
Terra Forms investigates geological features such as rocks, minerals, hot springs, and volcanoes. The film “Journey into the Universe” studies astronomical phenomena – the formation of planets, the life of a star, black holes, the formation of galaxies.
Jupiter String Quartet will perform the music for the production, along with nine other musicians who will improvise during the performance. The Quartet will perform Taylor composition It includes a crazy complex segment based on the genetic sequence of the coronavirus protein. Taylor also uses sonication from the LIGO gravitational wave project for the section on how black holes form and coalesce. Indian classical singer Shanikumar Jain in Bangalore will be joining the band.
Nettl-Fiol created a 19-minute dance piece to music written by Taylor that represents the coronavirus. Dancers also appear in the last movement to represent the various celestial bodies, with six dancers representing the composition of the planets revolving around the sun. The dancers explode away from each other when they become stars, forming two sets of constellations. Nettle Fuel said the two dancers represented the death of stars before they spiraled together again as they merged to form a black hole.
The recorded narration sets the stage for each movement and explains scientific concepts.
During a pre-show event, guests will be invited to share their thoughts on the theme of “Regrouping” and watch a documentary about the production-making process. The post-show event will include conversation and music.