On Thursday, March 19, four representatives from IUP attended an open studio in Philadelphia to see Miro Dance Theater and their progress on Spooky Action. The open studio was held on the campus of Girard College, where Miro serves as dance company in residence.
The contemporary dance piece, commissioned by The Lively Arts at IUP, will receive its world premiere on the Fisher Auditorium Stage, IUP Performing Arts Center, on April 7.
The work centers on the theory of entanglement and quantum physics. Part of the delegation included IUP physics professor, Muhammad Numan, who also met with members of Miro on an earlier visit to IUP in February. During both visits, Numan provided critical assistance in the scientific accuracy of the content.
Others making the trip were Hank Knerr, director of public events for IUP’s College of Fine Arts; Galen Moore, residency coordinator for this project at IUP, and Meghan Moore, assistant for The Lively Arts. This trip was in advance of Miro’s return to IUP on April 1 to finalize the technical work and choreography.
Although still a work in progress, Knerr commented “It is very exciting to see all the pieces coming together. From a concept discussed two years ago and through the joining of an original music score, phenomenal video created to work together with the concept and dancers, to the vibrant production design, I believe it is something that Indiana audiences will find truly enlightening and entertaining.”
About Spooky ActionAny time two entities interact, they entangle. It doesn’t matter if they are photons, atoms, or bigger things made of atoms—like us. The entanglement persists no matter how far these entities separate, as long as they don’t subsequently interact with anything else—a difficult task for people. But the motions of subatomic particles are dominated by entanglement.
It starts when they interact; in doing so they lose their separate existence. No matter how far they move apart, if one is tweaked, measured, or observed, the other seems to instantly respond; even if the whole world now lies between them. No one knows how this happens.
Albert Einstein referred to this odd but somehow romantic phenomenon of quantum physics as “spooky action at a distance.” Miro explores this “spooky action” and the way in which our lives—like particles—can become enigmatically entangled.
Performance and Ticket InformationSpooky Action, commissioned by The Lively Arts at IUP and funded, in part, by a PennPAT New Directions grant, will be presented in the newly-renovated Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center. Curtain is at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.
Tickets are available on line at IUPTickets.com or by calling the Hadley Union Building box office at 724-357-1313. For more information, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credits: Joe Bowman and Lindsey Browning