In this fascinating presentation, choreographer and mathematician Karl Schaffer, Ph.D. will demonstrate the surprising connections between mathematics and dance, and illuminate the larger questions of how the artistic mind fuels the analytical mind and vice-versa. Joined by four dancers performing his mathematical choreography, Schaffer will highlight these ideas with engaging visuals, multimedia, and playful audience interactions.
He will elucidate the extent to which math and dance share surprisingly similar concerns: shape and geometry, pattern and symmetry, counting and estimation, design and structure, coherence and logic, change in time and space, and perhaps most importantly, a reverence for elegant solutions. He will also focus on the ways these seemingly divergent disciplines may inspire each other and even address relevant, current topics. For example, he will show how mathematical concepts can be used as storytelling metaphors to explore new narratives around socio-political issues such as those inherent in the history of both math and dance, and the interactions between them.
You will come away with a completely different understanding of the relationship between art and academics, and begin to realize that no matter what your natural inclination—whether painting, dance, poetry, politics, physics, or design—the creative process is the fundamental fuel that drives human achievement across disciplines.