6:30 PM18:30

Cellular Dance: Ballet at UMass Boston

6:30 PM | Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Campus Center Ballroom
University of Massachusetts, Boston

A multi-media ballet that illuminates the processes of gastrulation through science, music, and movement

“It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your life”
— Lewis Wolpert

This event is not formally open to the public and tickets are not being sold. However, we do have a number of seats reserved for our community, so if you are interested in attending, please contact Music of Reality

The premiere of an original ballet on the theme of gastrulation in the developing embryro with music composed by David Ibbett, featuring pianist Sophia Vastek and multichannel electronic sound. They will be joined by scientific narration of the process of gastrulation, miniature lectures on the topic, and a program of musical pieces connecting with the concepts of growth, development and genetics.

Original choreography by Meg Anderson, with dancers Haley Day, Meg Anderson, and Jacob Regan. Poetry and narration by Sabrina Sadique.

Our scientific partner for this event is cell biologist Dr. Alexey Veraksa of UMass Boston, whose research into the molecular signaling processes of gastrulation is crucial for understanding diseases such as spina bifida, but also for shedding light on the fascinating world of cells and their ‘concerted’ movement – how millions of separate entities can move and live as one.

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7:00 PM19:00

Music of Reality: Through the Eyes of a Child

May 4, 2018 - Through the Eyes of a Child

Music on the Square series
1025 S. Potomac St, Baltimore, MD

LECTURERS: Dr. Clara Han of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Andrew Brandel of Harvard University.  Together, they are collaborating on a book that will explore how families inherit the catastrophic loss of a world through war, genocide, and displacement.  In this event, they will discuss these issues through the lens of their own familial histories – the Korean War and the Holocaust.  Not only will they will explore how the familial memory of violence is inherited by future generations, with particular attention to scenes of domestic life, but they will also reflect on the nature of collaboration between individuals who bear different, but related, histories of loss and displacement, and whose biographies are marked by immigration, inequality, and racialization. 

MUSIC: Works by Leonard Bernstein, Missy Mazzoli, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and David Ibbett.

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