If Neil deGrasse Tyson's version of "Cosmos" hasn't convinced you of the beautiful drama hidden within the scientific community, perhaps this dance opera -- filmed inside CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland -- will twist your arm in the right direction.
The gorgeous film project, titled "Symmetry," combines the best parts of opera and dance with the titillating rigor of digital art and physics to create a visual narrative that explores the philosophical elements of the giant particle accelerator. The Creator's Project premiered the trailer for the epic film, which will be screened at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam on March 14 during the Cinedans film festival (a festival dedicated to dance on film) as well as the NewScientist CERN festival. Take a peak at the beautiful teaser below:
The official description for "Symmetry," written and directed by Ruben van Leer and choreographed by Lukas Timulak, reads: "Inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the particle accelerator where scientists are studying the tiniest building blocks of the natural world and peering at the remnants of the explosive birth of our universe, an unlikely group of individuals in suits and construction helmets burst into dance."
The film centers on the interaction between dancer Slovakian-born, Netherlands-based Timulak and American soprano Claron McFadden, who illuminate the romance of the big bang, and the love laced into the search for the world's smallest particle. The piece is particularly relevant given the fact that the LHC is preparing for its second attempt at throttling particles together at speeds humans can't even fathom.
"Symmetry" is the perfect collision of science and art. Check out more of the dance opera here and let us know your thoughts on the project in the comments. For more on the wild world of contemporary opera, check out our roundup of innovative opera artists here.