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Robots Meet Ballet with Carbon Dance Theatre

Carbon Dance Theatre presents Science per Forms on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:30pm through Sunday, October 28, 2012, at the Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street. Carbon Dance Theatre works closely with Robotics professors from Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Director of Philadelphia’s first Hacker Space, The Hacktory, to examine the ever-evolving role technology plays in contemporary life. Science per Forms also includes a SYMPOSIUM hosted by Bryn Mawr College that spotlights robotic collaborators as well as former Merce Cunningham Dancer, choreographer, and media artist, Jonah Bokaer, on Saturday October 27 at 2:30PM. The series of event will be choreographed and organized by Meredith Rainey (former Principal Dancer of Pennsylvania Ballet) and Marcel Williams Foster  to use ballet-based dance to explore movement of robots and digital technology.

Carbon Dance Theatre is a contemporary ballet company directed by Meredith Rainey. Science per Forms is a collaboration of co-creators Rainey and Foster and is appropriate for all ages. Collaborators from the University of Pennsylvania include: Mark Yim, professor of Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering and Simon Kim, professor of Architecture. Yim and Kim developed robotic performances for the Pig Iron Theatre Company in 2010 and now join forces with Harvard Professor of Architecture, Mariana Ibanez (IK Studios), and the Director of Philadelphia’s the Hacktory, Georgia Guthrie. Science per Forms integrates movements from programmed robotic arms that hang from the ceiling, projections calibrated by the movement of the dancers, and contemporary ballet to immerse audience members in an enriching and provocative environment filled with machines and cyborgs.

The company is partnering with Bryn Mawr College to discuss technology and robotics in dance and other performance disciplines and will spotlight Philadelphia’s I.T. Technology leader, Georgia Guthrie, along with professor Mariana Ibanez, and Jonah Bokaer. This dialogue will be facilitated by Bryn Mawr College’s Director of Dance, Professor Linda Caruso-Haviland. The symposium will take place on the Bryn Mawr College Campus at Haffner Hall in the Dorothy Vernon Room. It will take place on Saturday, October 27 at 2:30pm. For directions to Bryn Mawr’s campus please visit tinyurl.com/dvhall.

Science per Forms
Carbon Dance Theater
Thursday October 25, 2012 at 7:30PM. Post-show talkback included.
Saturday October 27, 2012 at 7:30PM. Post-show talkback included.
Sunday October 28, 2012 at 2:30PM.
All performances will take place at the Christ Church Neighborhood House at 20 North American Street in Old City.

Tickets: $25 General, $20 Senior, $15 Students and DanceProfessionals
To purchase tickets online visit tinyurl.com/scifidance

All photos are by Kate Raines | www.plate3photography.com

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