Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time (TRAILER) / William Forsythe / Part 2 can be seen at Brighton Festival 2014

William Forsythe produced ‘Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time’ in 2005. The work is based on swinging hanging pendulums and the choreography of people as they progress through the forest of movement, all the time avoiding the pendulums.

The new version of this show ‘Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No.2’ is meant to be a new development in the performance and can be seen at Brighton Festival 2014.


Swarming bahaviour: Dance and Mathematics

Starlings swarming over the west pier

Starlings swarming over the west pier

You’ve probably seen the starlings swarming over the west pier in Brighton (or elsewhere)…

Swarming bahviour of the kind that creates the starling birdswarm over the pier in the evenings (see Vimeo video from New Orleans below, great example of it 1) looks organised but yet completely random.

It is created by surprisingly simple rules of interraction, comparable to the rules of a dance.¬†Mathematics has been used to create a simple animation to imitate the naturally occuring phenomenon (see wolfram link below 2) based on the idea that each ‘dancer’ randomly chooses one other to follow and one other to avoid, and then ‘randomly’ re-chooses. See wiki link 3 for more info on swarming behaviour and artificial intelligence.





Jay Funk, based in L.A., recently did this advert for Samsung in which he only dances using the top half of his body, and even then it’s primarily using just his hands. At first it just seems that perhaps he just had to much time on his hands, pardon the pun, but the speed and intensity soon picks up, and to top it off the clever use of CG in the clip also really helps bring it to life. It’s a great way of looking at alternative forms of movement.

Unnamed Soundsculpture | Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer

This motion creation followers the real movements recorded from a person. The well animated and created figure is a brilliant example of basic human form. As the music plays the figure moves and dances, one minute it can look like a collapsing building, the next it has the unmistakeable form of a person holding a strong figure. Definitely worth a watch as it shows a really interesting example of simple movement.

LEO | The Anti-Gravity Show

LEO from Toby Wegner is a solo theatre piece that has been performed around the world and premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. The act is a playful but brilliantly performed take on the idea of this mans world being disconnected from the laws of physics.