Dancing the Universe
Do you like dancing? Are up to a challenge? Take part in this unique dance and astrophysics project where you’ll need to choreograph a dance that interprets a scientific topic.
This outreach activity is focused on the research carried out at the Institute for Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), University of Portsmouth.
- The first minute of the Universe
- Dark energy: when stuff does not fall down
- Is gravity what we think it is?
- Super structures in the Universe
- Light bent by mass
- Supernovae: a story of dying stars
- How do galaxies work?
- Evolving stars for building galaxies.
How to participate:
If you have between 11 to 16 years old, you can choose to either take part in one of the day workshops that we will offer or to send a video of you dancing to the online competition. More specific information on both to come soon!
- ‘Dancing the Universe’ workshop. We aim to have 2 one day workshops and a sharing day for all the participants. During the day workshop we will facilitate the creation of dancing pieces by the participants. The choreographies will be inspired on one of the three scientific topics that will be presented and discuss in the morning, out of the 8 in the list below.
- ‘Dancing the Universe’ online competition. We will invite people to send their videos dancing their own creations based on one scientific topics from the list below. There will be three winners based on both artistry and scientific content, based on votes from members of the ICG. The winners will be invited to come to the sharing event.
- ‘Dancing the Universe’ sharing. We will invite all the participants and their parents to the University to see the videos filmed during the workshop and those from the winners of the online competition.
Dancing the Universe WORKSHOP
Each one day workshop is aimed to a maximum of 20 people between 11 and 16.
|10-12||Introduction to the science topics (~50’) and to choreography (~50’) with a hands-on approach and a 10’ break in between.|
|12-12.30||Make groups of 2 or 3, decide the science topic out of 3, choose one piece of music out of 3 and start.|
|13.30 -14.30||Warm up with a speedy dance class and learn the core choreography.|
|14.40 – 14.45||Break|
|14.45 – 16.45||Time to choreograph a piece of less than 3’ in groups from 2 or 3, using the help from the professional dancer and the Science ambassadors.|
|16.45 – 17||Break|
|17-17.30||Sharing and filming the your creations! There will also be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to explain what you wanted to achieve with your choreography.|
Dancing the Universe ONLINE COMPETITION
In order to be able to participate in the competition, you will need to:
- Register your group at least 2 weeks before the deadline. Information and links to come.
- Each individual will need to fill in the registration questionnaire.
Rules: groups from 2 to 10, piece of up to 4 min. This time will include the dancing piece and an optional explanation of what you wanted to express with it.
Types of dancing: Any! Ballet, tap, hip-hop, salsa, …, or a mixture of all the above.
Winners: There will be three winners based on both artistry and scientific content, based on votes from members of the ICG. the winners will be invited to the sharing day and receive prizes to be announce.
Dancing the Universe SHARING
We will invite all the participants and their parents to the University to see the videos filmed during the workshop and those from the winners of the online competition. We will also have an space related activity!