Of Gravity and Light is an evening-length contemporary ballet created for Ballet Des Moines conceived by composer Beau Kenyon. The work explores the relationship between ethics (care, empathy, trust, etc.) and astrophysical principles (lunar phasing, planetary motion, Newton's Laws, Kepler's Laws, etc.). As a choreographer-in-residence with the company in September 2021, I created "Eclipse" (open rehearsal footage on the left). I will support Artistic Director Tom Mattingly and Beau dramaturgically for this work, which is set to premier at the Civic Center in Des Moines in April, 2022.
To accompany the performance, Beau is spearheading the creation of a companion curriculum that engages middle school students in those same astrophysical concepts through the language of movement and music. The performance and curriculum will be shared in partnership with 4H STEM, WGBH, and Iowa PBS.