Ones and Zeros, Apples and Poison, Queens and Witches, Formulae and Fairy Tales.
Formulae and Fairy Tales is based on the life and work of Alan Turing, and his connection to Snow White. Turing was a mathematical genius and World War II code-breaker who is considered the father of artificial intelligence and the computer.
Turing’s work in British intelligence is credited with helping to end WW II. He was criminally prosecuted for being gay and underwent chemical castration in lieu of going to prison. In 1954, he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide, an act eerily foreshadowed by his favorite film, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
In Formulae & Fairy Tales, Invertigo’s unique movement-based storytelling explores the multi-dimensional story of how Turing changed the world and the connections between mathematics, fairy tales and love.
The show will incorporate themes of mathematical formalism, LGBTQ issues, and fairy tale fantasies.
Thus far, we have completed a 3-week intensive creation process - a laboratory in which we explored these ideas and created about 50 minutes of material. It was somewhat a combination of research and just getting ideas out of my head and into the space. Our next steps include raising the funds for a fully developed piece, including the addition of originally commissioned music and interactive video design.
We are also developing relationships with presenter partners, and creating community engagement opportunities to connect with non-traditional dance audiences. We have a lot of ideas about programs to connect with LGBTQA+ youth, mathematics departments and computer science students, among others.