2019 Festival: Dance of the Diagram | National Math Festival
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2019 Festival: Dance of the Diagram

Saturday May 4, 2019 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

Dance of the Diagram, choreographed by Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen, will delight all viewers, regardless of their previous mathematical credentials! The piece, commissioned by celebrated mathematician Dr. James Simons, was inspired by a beautiful piece of mathematics coming from geometry. As it goes in mathematics, so it goes on the dance floor, as dancers traverse specific sequences and patterns on a hexagonal diagram. Along their journeys, they encounter intimacy, wild rebellion, and the inevitability of being canceled out upon arrival. Only a select few “un-swallowed” may tiptoe back to the mysterious center and continue another cycle of absorbing and imparting information. It takes a well-oiled machine to function under the rules of this diagram during the day; however, there is no accounting for what happens at night!

Dance of the Diagram is a one hour presentation from 2:00-3:00pm.

Kyla Barkin & Aaron Selissen

Winnie Asawakanjanakit, Michael Bishop, Lindsay Harwell, Sumire Ishige, Fumihiro Kikuchi, Siobhan Murray, Rosalia Panepinto, Kristi Ann Schopfer, Amanda Sommers,
Thomas Welsh Huggins, Tyra Els (understudy)

Performed by: The Sirius String Quartet
Composers: Gregor Hueber, Rubin Kodheli, Fung Chern Hwei

Costume Design
Mary Jo Mecca

Lighting Design
Stephen Petrilli

Salon ABC, Level 1, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Age Level




BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, a NYC based dance company, presents the choreography of Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen.  The movement exhibits subtle nuances contrasted with explosive athletic extremes and is regarded for its integrity and idiosyncratic style. B/S P has been presented at venues including Jacob’s Pillow, SUNY Stony Brook’s Staller Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center,... Learn more