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Choreography of the Moving Cell: Bodystorming and Creating a Soundscape, 2011-2012

Over the past two years, the Moving Cell Collaborative developed and deepened a fruitful creative and scientific relationship between biomedical engineer David Odde, choreographer Carl Flink and his performance group Black Label Movement (BLM). The collaborative primarily focuses on illuminating Odde’s scientific research into the cell’s microtubules and the catastrophic system in which they exist; using these theories as source material in the creation of a choreographic event; and exploring if this relationship can substantively inform Odde’s and other scientists’ research. Moving Cell will: 1) work with composer John Toejnes to develop a sound and sensory system for its “Cellular Catastrophe Arena,” 2) plan “Bodystorming” trips to 2 sites beyond Minnesota that will send Odde, Flink and the BLM movers to work with scientists interested in examining how highly facile and daring dancers can substantively impact their research.

Collaborative participants include Carl Flink, professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota and artistic director of Black Label MovementDavid Odde, professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, John Bohannon, who writes the regular feature “The Gonzo Scientist” for Science Magazine and initiated the Dance Your Ph.D. Contest, and award-winning dancer Eddie Oroyan.

Images of the Moving Cell Collaborative

Carl Flink, right, demonstrates the interactions of cellular structures.

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Photos (c) William Cameron, 2011.

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