FLUX Dance explores innovative ways of translating scientific principles into theatrical form. They provide a platform to educate, communicate and discuss scientific ideas, research and theories within local communities, in a way which is captivating and engaging, formative yet accessible.
"The work hosts such gorgeous complexity"
"A compelling and impressive debut, the work is tight, coherent and captivating"
Amy Voris - Independent Dance Artist
I don’t know, but I will find out… Let me google it…. Do you know why?...
What is becoming more and more apparent to me (as twenty-something graduate), is how little I understand about the world. Sure, there are many things I do know, and others that we could make an educated guess at. But the overwhelming consensus is I am astonished by the amount I still have to learn about how, why and what happens on this planet, or more confounding, in the universe...
...what is equally compelling is my desire to find out.
But then, how many people do actively seek to understand the world beyond classroom days and training courses? – Not many. This in itself is confusing considering we all carry the answer to most of the world’s “wonders” in our pockets. With the pressures of ‘modern day life,’ in this fast paced, ever turning, technological dependent environment we inhabit, perhaps people haven’t got the time, or simply the need to find out. The majority of us are comfortable to accept our basic classroom knowledge of the world around us and happily welcome new inventions without question. We seem content to leave the knowhow and scientific explanations to a fictional group of ‘Einstein’s’ all wearing lab coats and goggles in a laboratory somewhere.
Flux Dance Theatre aims to provide awareness of scientific theories and improve accessibility of the scientific ‘knowhow’ to our audiences, through dance theatre production, performance, and educational workshops. Through our own curiosity, we hope to inspire people to actively find out more, and to be a tool for scientists to raise public engagement and awareness of their work. By creating work that is inquisitive, captivating and engaging we hope to provide a platform for open discussion of scientific research, ideas and theories. Our approach is not one of direct demonstration of the science, but one that invites curiosity and intrigue through imaginative, innovative and fresh choreography.
"Working with FLUX has been a joy. They’ve been the perfect creative partner for us – engaging and responsive, it’s been easy and fun to put together a really unique dance event based on our research. They worked really well with our researchers, all of whom came away raving about the process, and with a deeper understanding of how we can more creatively engage the public with our research”
~ Brian Mackenwells
Public Engagement Officer The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics - The UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Translating Science into Dance
I recently presented at the London Science Communication (Scicomm) Symposium and spoke about my experience of working across art forms, combining dance and science. I highlighted that it is important to acknowledge that using dance as a form of public engagement is not about demonstrating science but translating it into movement. What is exciting is how close one can get to the other without undermining the integrity of one another.
Charlotte - Founder
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