Dance 1 Genetics

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License: Creative Commons Attribution Dance 1 Genetics Express Dance
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07 Jun, 2011


An interpretation of and response to genetics, inheritance, and identity, in dance.

Director's Notes:

Young dancers worked alongside Dance Base, The University of Edinburgh, Herriot Watt University and three experienced choreographers to create their own genomics-inspired dance pieces. They heard talks and took part in activities exploring identity and genetics, and explored ideas such as:

  • Who are you and how did you become that way?
  • Was it fate? Genetics? Family pressure?
  • What about ambition and personal choice?

They then expressed themselves in creative dance. The video here has been slightly edited to fit the rules of SciCast: to see the full dance, please see

This event was sponsored by Edinburgh Beltane (Beacon for Public Engagement) through their Public Engagement Challenge Award.

SciCast Notes:

They’re doing some fun stuff up in Edinburgh — the Royal Observatory there ran a project last year that explored the European Extremely Large Telescope through dance. See that film here.

Interesting stuff.

— Jonathan