Let’s Get Physics-cal!

SPAC and the Tang Teaching Museum Present Time Travels in Physics and Dance: A FREE Lecture-Demonstration on July 9

Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College have announced that they will co-present a free talk and demonstration entitled Time Travels in Physics and Dance: A Lecture-Demonstration with Emily Coates and Sarah Demers on Tuesday, July 9th at 6 p.m. at the Tang Museum on the Skidmore Campus. Led by former New York City Ballet Dancer Emily Coates and CERN particle physicist Sarah Demers, the event will feature a reading and demonstration of their co-authored book Physics and Dance (Yale University Press 2018).

“As SPAC delves more and more into the relationship between art, science and nature, we are privileged to welcome artists and scientists like Emily and Sarah to our community,” said Elizabeth Sobol, president & CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. “We are grateful to our partners at Skidmore College and the Tang Teaching Museum for making this possible.”

Time Travels in Physics and Dance: A Lecture-Demonstration with Emily Coates and Sarah Demers will include a reading from Physics and Dance as well as interactive demonstrations. Requiring no previous knowledge of classical dance or physics, this engaging talk will introduce the fundamentals, while revealing how a dialogue between art and science can enrich the audience’s appreciation of both.

Emily Coates is a former dancer with New York City Ballet, choreographer, writer, and associate professor in the theater studies program at Yale University, where she created and directs the Dance Studies curriculum. Sarah Demers is a Horace D. Taft Associate Professor of Physics at Yale University, where she is ATLAS Upgrade Physics convener and works on the Mu2e trigger. Working together since 2011, Sarah Demers and Emily Coates have explored this connection through talks, teaching, and projects. Through their partnership, they developed a new course at Yale titled Physics and Dance, and published a book by the same title. Their work has been featured in the World Science Festival and covered in the New York Times and the New Yorker.

“I have many fond memories of my summers in Saratoga, performing at SPAC with New York City Ballet. I could not have imagined then that I would write a book with a particle physicist. The life of artists–and scientists!—can take many beautiful twists and turns. Sarah and I are delighted to share our collaboration with the Saratoga arts community,” added Emily Coates, former dancer with New York City Ballet, choreographer, writer, and associate professor in the theater studies program at Yale University.

This event is free, however reservations are required; Follow this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-travels-in-physics-and-dance-a-lecture-demonstration-with-emily-coates-and-sarah-demers-tickets-63574301447

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