Catch this award-winning dance performance that took form right within the walls of CERN
The Embassy of Switzerland, India, is commemorating 2015-16 as the Year of Swiss Innovation in India. And, the dance performance QUANTUM by contemporary Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin fits right in. And that’s because the piece was conceived and developed right inside CERN, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.
But the dance “is not a lesson in science or quantum physics,” Jobin clarifies in the beginning, adding, “It’s loosely inspired by science. However, the show will be followed by a discussion on science.”
So, tonight at Chowdiah Memorial Hall you will see the stage turn into an imaginary magnetic field, as six dancers constantly attract and repel each other. They will vibrate, scatter and whirl, to resemble sub-atomic particles. The choreography is purely focused on the kinetic movement between the dancers.
This award-winning piece has two more collaborators — visual artiste Julius von Bismarck has done the lighting installation, whereas composer Carla Scaletti has taken care of the sound, capturing the rumblings of the Large Hadron Collider.
Inside the CERN
Jobin developed the choreography during his residency at CERN in 2013 and has since been touring the world with the show. At this point, he quickly adds, “I am not a student of science. I have always studied dance. But as an artiste, you are always looking for themes and subjects to explore. That’s how I applied for Collide@CERN Artists Residency Award (that brings world-class artistes and scientists together in a free exchange of ideas).”
Talking of the biggest challenge, Jobin, who gained international fame with his 1997-piece A+B=X, and Macrocosm in 1999, explains, “I was putting together the whole piece inside a functional lab, with scientists working around us. And we had just three weeks, so we really had to get our technique up. The two worlds were clashing in one spot. It was fantastic.”
He is glad that the scientific community is taking notice of the piece. Jobin remembers what the Indian Institute of Science scientist Balasubramanian Ananthanarayan said after watching the performance at the CERN. “He was amazed that so many different artistes have such serious interpretations about particle physics. So, he thought it (my dance QUANTUM) is a reason good enough for scientists to look at what artistes are doing when they look at their field of science,” says the choreographer.
A history with science
While Jobin’s fascination for science is recent, his family’s tryst with science goes back to 1933. Jobin signs off with this story: “My family tells me that Albert Einstein taught my uncle how to ride a bicycle. It was in 1933. It was a tense moment, because of the war, you know. Einstein and his wife were trying to escape to the US and they were staying at Aston, it’s a city near Belgium. My grandfather, Walter Marti, was a journalist and he met Einstein there and spoke to him. But that interview was never published because Einstein’s wife feared they would be tracked. So there, Einstein pushed my uncle on a bicycle. That’s my most famous connection to science.”
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ndia seems to be one of the favourite places to perform for Dutch DJ and music producer, Afrojack. He has been one of the regulars at Sunburn Arena for the past three years and is back again this year for a five city tour that starts today at New Delhi. “It’s great to be back in India with Sunburn Arena. I will be playing my new music and of course some Afro Classics! There’s nothing better than making music and hearing 20,000 people chant my name,” says Afrojack.
From humble beginnings in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, Afrojack has come a long way. He started DJing at local clubs in his hometown at the age of 14 and is currently one of the most sought after EDM DJs in the world along with the likes of David Guetta and Skrillex . “We didn’t have much back then. My mother was living on welfare. I was in school and felt that I had to do something else. When I first walked into a club and saw people communicating through music, I knew I wanted to do it, too. Of course my mom and grandma thought I was crazy but it was my grandmother who eventually told me to follow my heart and passion,” says the 28 year old adding that he is still the same as how he was back then, a small town boy with a dream.
Following his heart
Although Afrojack has been releasing singles since 2007, his maiden album, Forget The World, came out only last year. The album took him to greater heights as it established him as a producer of original music. It was a commercial success but not a critical one. “One of the reasons why my album is called Forget The World is because when you listen to the world, you make stupid mistakes. The message that I wanted to send out is that I am where I am today by following my heart and following what I think is fun. So, what the critics said didn’t affect me at all,” says the DJ who prefers listening to artistes like Imogen Heap, Flume and Kayne West when he is not busy making music.
The Dutch music producer says that he will be heading out to Japan after his India tour. “I have some meetings for stuff I’m working on over there. Then I travel to Amsterdam for Christmas,” he concludes.
At Sunburn Arena in New Delhi on November 27, Pune on November 28, Mumbai on 29, Mumbai on December 5 and Kolkata on December 7, `3,950, Details: bookmyshow.com
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