Stargazing and astronomical inquiry guide the creation of movement in this free evening workshop.

Join in active movement research on the grounds of the Shattuck Observatory at dusk. The trope of the cosmic dance has persisted for thousands of years, articulating a form of human engagement with the universe that continually morphs and reinvents itself. In this dance workshop/lecture/creative laboratory for her new project, resident artist Emily Coates will guide participants in the creation of personal choreographies drawn from stargazing. Dartmouth astronomer Elisabeth Newton will dialogue with us about our findings. Bring a notebook and a pen or pencil, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes you can move in. Open and accessible to all physical abilities and backgrounds, the movement will be adapted to individual's needs.

Big Move is a new series that pairs inventive dance artists with wide-ranging areas of research here at Dartmouth. The series is part of the Hop's ongoing initiative to integrate the arts across Dartmouth's academic programs, leveraging artists and their work as springboards for interdisciplinary learning. 

The Big Move Series is generously supported by Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein 1987.

A dancer, choreographer, and writer, Emily Coates has performed internationally with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp and Yvonne Rainer. Career highlights include three duets with Baryshnikov, in works by Erick Hawkins, Mark Morris, and Karole Armitage, and the span of Rainer's work from 1961 to the present. Awards and fellowships include the School of American Ballet's Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise; Baryshnikov Arts Center's Martha Duffy Memorial Fellowship; and a 2019 Dance Research Fellowship, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She is an Associate Professor (Adjunct_ of Theater and Performance Studies at Yale University. Learn more about Emily Coates. 

Elisabeth Newton is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy. She is an observational astronomer studying the physics of stars and their planets, using data from ground-based observatories such as SALT and MDM. She investigates how the spin and magnetic properties of stars are related, and how these stellar properties change with time. She also works to detect and characterize exoplanets around young and magnetically active stars in order to understand how exoplanets form and evolve.