The piece is titled '8 minutes' which is the time it takes light to travel from the Sun to the Earth. Performances took place on June 27-28 to packed out audiences at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. We're delighted that the show received positive reviews from newspapers such as The Guardian and Evening Standard.
RAL Space scientists Hugh Mortimer and Alessandra Giunta advised the Alexandra Whitley Dance Company on how to incorporate solar physics into their piece. This involved providing data and images from the STEREO mission and Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Dr Hugh Mortimer said: “The dance collaboration with Alexander Whitley gives a perspective to space science that can be understood by a new audience and engage with people on a level that is difficult to do when working in a purely scientific context. It is the artist's unique perspective on the scientist's objective analysis that is the most powerful aspect of this project, and why we are very excited to be a part of this work."
More information about the collaboration between RAL Space and the Alexandra Whitley Dance Company can be found here.