Act of Gravity

June 12, 2022Den Grå Hal Copenhagen
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Doors open: 19:00
Start programme: 20:00
Den Grå Hal
Refshalevej 2
Copenhagen

A special series of events combining science talks with an original dance performance inspired by gravity. A collaboration between Science & Cocktails and the Recoil Performance Group.

Gravity pulls us towards the ground, pulls on our loose skin, attracts objects, and sets planets into orbit. It propels the big scientific minds of our time to develop theories that attempt to explain the behaviour of matter, space, and time. Who are we humans eternally falling while the laws of physics set everything into motion?

Act of Gravity is a large-scale dance performance about the most observable force in the universe. With the use of a huge trampoline, cutting-edge visuals, specially composed music, and alluring acrobatics, as well as in close dialogue with scientists from Niels Bohr Institute, KU Leuven and the University of Amsterdam, Act of Gravity is an immersive dance experience for the mind and for the senses.

The performance strides the line between art and science and is presented in the informal context of a cocktail bar. While you enjoy your chilled drink, every evening a renowned expert in physics will offer an introductory talk about the mind-boggling theories that have inspired the dance performance.

Programme

  • 20:00–  20:30Jácome Armas – 
  • 21:00–  22:00Act of Gravity – 

Talk by

Jácome Armas

Jácome (Jay) Armas is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, Institute of Physics, and coordinator of the Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena. He studied at Trinity College Dublin as well as KU Leuven and completed his masters at the University of Cambridge. Following a PhD at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Bern and Université Libre de Bruxelles. Armas holds degrees in engineering, mathematics, philosophy and theoretical physics.

His research currently focuses on different aspects of string theory, black holes and fluid dynamics with applications to high-energy physics, astrophysics, hard, soft and biological matter. The connecting thread of his research is the application of string theory methods and techniques to solve problems in other areas of physics. He likes, in particular, to think about black holes in extra spacetime dimensions and the shapes that they can take.

In addition to his research activities, Armas established Science & Cocktails, the international science outreach platform and event series. He is involved in various science outreach initiatives ranging from dance performances, through theatre plays, to art installations. His new book, Conversations on Quantum Gravity, compiled over more than 10 years of mainly in-person interviews, is his gift to the physics community. The book addresses the question: how far are we from a theory of everything that combines all the forces of nature, including gravity? It’s a unique, readable overview that provides a gateway into cutting edge research for students and others who wish to engage with the open problem of quantum gravity.

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Dance performance

Act of Gravity

Act of Gravity is a large-scale dance performance about the most observable force in the universe developed by the Recoil Performance Group in collaboration with Science & Cocktails. With the use of a huge trampoline, cutting-edge visuals, specially composed music, and alluring acrobatics, as well as in close dialogue with scientists from Niels Bohr Institute, KU Leuven and the University of Amsterdam, Act of Gravity is an immersive dance experience for the mind and for the senses.

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