Women & Their Work presented The Everett Dance Company for two performances, April 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. at UT’s McCullough Theater on East Campus Drive.
As science seeks to explain the forces of nature through scientific experimentation, The Everett Dance Company sought to explain science through dance in “The Science Project”. Years of collaboration and research with a noted physics teacher served as the groundwork for director Dorothy Jungel’s animated blend of acrobatics, visual arts, theater, and music. The troupe members, two of whom were Jungel’s own children, experimented with a multitude of props ranging from prisms and balls, candles and water, simulating scientific experiments on gravity, atoms, and A-bombs.
The creative process is an essential element of both dance and science. Jungels researched some of the most innovative minds in science including Galileo, Newton, Curie, and Oppenheimer in the process of formulating her own creative work. The Everett Dance Company spent a week in residency, April 6 through 11, working with middle and high school students. Music selections for “The Science Project” included works by Beethoven and John Coltrane.
Chris Cowden, Director of Women & Their Work stated, Everett Dance Company “should increase interest and excitement about the possibilities of dance and the possibilities of science. In a culture that largely marginalizes dance as a serious endeavor and often never grasps the meaning or importance of even basic scientific principles, “The Science Project” might help to spark enthusiasm about each.”