New York, NY
March 16, 2017
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2017 by Martha Sherman
It’s just as mysterious to have a physicist label the physics principles at work in movement as it is to have a choreographer direct the physicist in movement. In Emily Coates’ “Incarnations,” a work based on her collaboration with particle physicist Sarah Demers, the two weave the mysteries of science and dance into a swirling mix of teaching and expression. Images of Apollo and the Higgs Boson (“the god particle”) were paired in the center, and a team of wildly different, deeply experienced dance artists made the audience feel the concepts with our bodies as much as absorbing them with our minds – we could feel the physics and grapple with the dance; it was neither book-learning nor entertainment, it felt like: life.
Iréne Hultman, Emily Coates, Sarah Demers, Yvonne Rainer in "Incarnations." Photo © Alexis Moh/courtesy of Danspace Project.