Stellarium is Dance Manchester & The University of Manchester’s new youth dance performance project bringing the arts and science together through dance. The choreography is based on the knowledge of leading astrophysicists, Dr Rowan Smith & Dr Helen Mason on the subject of how stars are formed and ‘our star’, the Sun. This has then been interpreted into movement by Greater Manchester based choreographer, Bridget Fiske.

In the year that Manchester is the European City of Science, participants from Derby High School, Falinge Park High School and Wright Robinson College will perform ‘Stellarium’ at Manchester Day, Great Science Share, and Signatures Youth Dance trail 2016 – as part of UDance at the Lowry.

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Sunday 19th June

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Wednesday 6th July

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Sunday 10th July

Stellarium is a partnership project with Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) at University of Manchester. Dr Lynne Bianchi, Head of SEERIH said, “This project is really fascinating in itself. It’s bringing together a leading scientist with a dance choreographer and a brilliant group of schools to take an aspect of contemporary science and make it more understandable to lots of different people…”

It is also being supported by The Lowry/U.Dance and Walk The Plank/Manchester Day.

Special thanks to: Dr Rowan Smith, Norman Lockyer Fellow at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, which is part of the Univeristy of Manchester and to Dr Helen Mason OBE of The University of Cambridge. With additional support from Prof Philippa Browning at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester.

Dr Lynne Bianchi, Head of Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub www.fascinate.manchester.ac.uk

Choreographer: Bridget Fiske

Dancers: Joe Delaney and James Rosenthal for their contributions to movement.

Film-maker: Michael Donaghy