Act of Gravity
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.
Marianne Vestergaard received her PhD in astrophysics from the Niels Bohr Institute in 1999 after a lengthy research stay at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Since then, she has worked at Ohio State University, the University of Arizona, and Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, all in the United States. In 2009, Marianne returned to the Niels Bohr Institute as a Freja Fellow at the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen. Marianne is now Associated Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute.
Marianne is researching the physics of distant, young galaxies called quasars. They emit strong radiation due to material falling on a super-heavy black hole in the center of the galaxy. Marianne is particularly interested in determining the mass of the black holes and investigating how the powerful energy emission from the central active core of the quasars affects their surroundings. Marianne uses a wealth of telescopes both in space and on Earth, which are sensitive to X-rays, ultraviolet, visual, infrared, sub-millimeter and radio radiation. Most recently, she has used data from the large 'Very Large Telescope' at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Swift X-ray and UV optical telescope.
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.