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When the Arts meets Science

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present Metadata, an immersive work from the acclaimed dance performance company, De Quincey Co. Metadata includes two works, Pure Light and Moths & Mathematicians, created by leading Australian dance, video, sound and animation artists.

The two works probe the latest developments in physics and cosmology, with the artists exploring a world of colour, sound, particles and impermanence. Metadata will see audiences delve into an intimate yet epic world where the intangible materialises.

As choreographer and performer Peter Fraser explained, “We are already being danced by nature in our heartbeat, our breath and the pattern of our walking. Our molecules move us according to physics we don’t necessarily understand but feel in harmony with. Tess and I wanted to make performances that are informed by the underlying physical and mathematical patterns that already determine and shape our lives and possibilities.”

For over 15 years, De Quincey Co has been producing cross‐disciplinary works of exceptional quality that push the boundaries of dance. Their works are consistently well reviewed including the most recent, Moondance, which received four and a half stars from the Sydney Morning Herald.

Following each Metadata performance, audiences will be invited to part in an Arts-Science Exchange where the artists and selected guest scientists discuss some of the latest scientific developments in the context of the performance. Guests scientists include the Professor of Astrophysics at The University of Sydney’s Institute for Astronomy, Prof. Geraint F Lewis and Associate Professor at The University of Sydney’s School of Physics, Dr Maryanne Large. The Exchange will be facilitated by Ian Maxwell, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Sydney.

Choreographer and performer Tess de Quincey said, “The aim of the Exchange is to find what connections and understandings can be made between a scientific way of exploring the world and a more intuitive, instinctive and subjective take on our world. We felt it vital to engage with scientists who work with understanding natural phenomena as part of their daily life, and to also draw our audiences into this discussion as contributors.”

 Choreographers and performers: Tess de Quincey, Peter Fraser Sound: Pimmon & Warren Burt Animation: Boris Morris Bagattini Video: Martin Fox Lighting Design: Sian James-Holland

 When: 8pm on 15th and 17th September; 12.30pm on 16th September

Tickets: Adult $35 | Conc $28 | Student $25 | From the Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or

Venue: Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta


Facilitator: Associate Professor Ian Maxwell, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, The University of Sydney

Guest scientists:

15th and 16th September – Prof. Geraint F Lewis, Professor of Astrophysics, Sydney Institute for Astronomy, The University of Sydney

17th September – Dr Maryanne Large, Associate Professor, School of Physics, The University of Sydney

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