Dancing in the Invisible Universe
Hop Film Event

Emily Coates Film and Q&A

Dancing in the Invisible Universe
July 21, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

Dance artist and writer Emily Coates presents a work-in-progress screening of her new film about science and dance.

21/22 Hop Film Event

Dancing in the Invisible Universe is an experimental film by Emily Coates about leading dance artists and scientists in spontaneous collaboration. Part performance, part cinematic essay, the film frames the awkward, illuminating, intimate process of dialoguing across differences, staging choreographic investigation inside a physics laboratory tasked with studying unseen phenomena. Featuring interactions between Annie-B Parson and Richard Prum, Ni'Ja Whitson and David Moore and Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Reiner and Reina Maruyama and cameo appearances by Bill T. Jones, Karsten Heeger, Laura Newburgh and Francisco D. Lopez. D: Emily Coates, US, 1h20m

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Emily. 

Director of Photography and Editor: John Lucas
Sound designer: Evdoxia Ragkou
Produced in partnership with Wright Laboratory, Yale University

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Originally scheduled for July 18

A dance artist and writer, Emily Coates has performed internationally with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp Dance and Yvonne Rainer. Career highlights include dancing three duets with Baryshnikov, in dances by Mark Morris, Karole Armitage, and Erick Hawkins. Her choreographic work has been commissioned and presented by Danspace Project, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, Baryshnikov Arts Center, University of Chicago, Carnegie Hall, Wadsworth Atheneum, and Performa Biennial, and recognized with fellowships and grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Martha Duffy Memorial Fellowship, and Center for Ballet and the Arts, among others. She is the author of Physics and Dance, co-written with particle physicist Sarah Demers (Yale University Press, 2018). She is professor in the practice and director of dance at Yale University, with a secondary appointment at Yale School of Drama. She created the dance studies curriculum at Yale. 

John Lucas has directed and produced several cutting-edge multimedia projects, including the collaborative series Situations with poet Claudia Rankine and the feature-length documentary film The Cooler Bandits. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally as well as publications including Vogue, BOMB, The Atlantic, The New York Times and Art Forum. Lucas has received grants and awards from the MacArthur Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Art Matters, Yip Harburg Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. He is a founding member of the curatorial team at The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Lucas lives and works in New Haven, CT where he is the director of visual content at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). 

Evdoxia Ragkou studied musicology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and obtained her first post-graduate degree in the UK, where she earned a Master of Music at the University of Huddersfield (2012). She has also a Master of Arts from the New School of Social Research (NY, 2014). Currently she is a student at Yale School of Drama (MFA), enrolled in the Sound Design department. She is also an active member of Critical Music Histories Group (Thessaloniki, Greece). During her music career she has been a member of several experimental music groups as well as exploring computer music composition and analog synthesis. She has designed shows Off-off-Broadway in New York and assisted in Off-Broadway venues such as Playwrights HorizDancing in the Invisible Universeons and Yale Repertory Theater. Other credits include Ain't No Dead Thing (Yale Cabaret), A Doll's House, an Adaptation by Tanika Gupta (Yale Cabaret), In Between Bitches (Yale Cabaret), Transpositions (Yale Schwarzman Center), Hurricane (Columbia University).

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