The 19th Step present a new research performance Everything and Nothing. Mathematicians tell us the universe could have no edges, is the shape of a sphere - or perhaps a doughnut - and is infinitely recurring. But how can we know these things for ourselves? History documents many explorers and navigators as they charted the earth, a pursuit that continues through science and the imagination as we try to imagine the shape of the universe. In Everything and Nothing a librarian is lost forever in a library of hexagons, an aviatrix and her navigator are suddenly and mysteriously lost as they attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937, and a reclusive Russian solves a mathematical conjecture after 100 years. Tracing stories that merge fact and fiction, Everything and Nothing combines sound, music and image with mathematics to navigate a strange and sensual path through the universe.
GREEN MAN FESTIVAL Einstein’s Garden August Saturday 20th 7.00pm and Sunday 21st 12.00pm 2011
BRITISH SCIENCE FESTIVAL September Sunday 11th 2011
OTLEY SCIENCE FESTIVAL November Thursday 17th 2011
Research Performances 2008
On The 19th Step of a basement staircase in a building about to be demolished in downtown Buenos Aires, writer Jorge Luis Borges imagines an aleph, a point in space that contains all other points (past, present and future).
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy performs alongside an ensemble of outstanding dancers and musicians to create a complex patterning of spaces, layering understanding of time, numbers and relationships within a Borges-inspired quest for infinity.
Wednesday 9th April 7.30pm
Friday 11th April 7.30pm
Saturday 12th April 7.30pm