An email from Random Dance:
For the creation of our next full-length work, FAR (World Premiere — November 17, 2010, Sadler’s Wells, London, UK), we are privileged to be joined in the studio by two of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, Phil Barnard, from the Cognition and Brain Studies Unit in Oxford, and David Kirsh, from the University of San Diego’s Interactive Cognition Lab.
Both have been engaged with Wayne McGregor for several years in a study of the choreographic process, producing findings not only of scientific importance, but also fuelling Wayne’s and the dancers’ creativity. They will be continuing their investigations in the context of the 8-week creation process.
To mark these collaborations we have invited both Phil Barnard and David Kirsh to talk about their work with Wayne and his dancers, and to reveal the specifics of their enquiries. These talks will be moderated by the Director of the Company’s research department, Scott deLahunta.
The talks will take place at The Jerwood Space in Southwark, London and are free of charge:
20 September 6.30 — 8pm Cognitive Scientist Phil Barnard from the Cognition and Brain Studies Unit, Medical Research Council, Cambridge and composer and software programmer Nick Rothwell.
27 September 6.30 — 8pm
Cognitive Scientists David Kirsh and Dafne Mutanyola, Interactive Cognition Lab, University of San Diego California.
Please email me — Nicola@randomdance.org — if you would like to book a place at one, or both, of the talks.
R-Research gratefully acknowledges the support of The Quercus Trust, Portland Green Cultural Projects and Arts Council England.