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Michigan State University

Isotopes in Motion

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

November 14, 2024

Performing Arts

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Wharton Center Original Commission
Supported by the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Back by demand! Physics and dance – equally take their place – in this exhilarating performance that blends movement, video, and physics. Featuring professional dancers from Dance Exchange alongside local community members, Isotopes in Motion is the culmination of a multi-month creation process. This breathtaking original dance theater work highlights the wonders of science and illuminates the research at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Contributions of youth, women, and people of color in physical sciences will be presented through a diverse cast of performers – including dancers and scientists alike. Audiences raved about the premiere performance:

“The diversity of the dancers was inspiring.”
“Great way to provide access to the world of science for the non-scientist.”
“Love the integration of physics, music and dance, and the imagery projected.”

Dance Exchange is leading the creative process to expand the 2022 premiere production, facilitated by creative artists Keith Thompson and Ami Dowden-Fant. Of Equal Place: Isotopes in Motion builds upon Dance Exchange’s work at the intersection of dance and science. This project also features two daytime school performances and multiple school workshops. Sponsored by the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University. Don’t miss this encore production!