What do mathematics and dance have in common? For years Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern have been showing the magical connections through highly physical, engaging choreography peppered with their unique brand of humor and entertaining audience interactions.
MoveSpeakSpin, founded in 1987, encompasses the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, which tours its engaging dance concerts and presents workshops on the connections between dance and mathematics internationally, as well as local productions such as The Daughters of Hypatia: Circles of Mathematical Women, a dance concert about the lives and work of great women mathematicians throughout history.
The Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble has appeared on major venues such as the Kennedy Center, at childrenâ€™s festivals,Â conferences, schools and on hundreds of stages internationally. Delighting audiences of all ages, the ensemble has received numerous national grants, and taught hundreds of workshops on how to connect dance and mathematics in the classroom. Their book, Math Dance with Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern, is popular among arts and mathematics educators worldwide.
P.O. Box 8055, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
From the stately “Shadowed Flight” to a vaudevillian handshake routine to Chinese legends of flight told with giant Tangrams, the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble addresses symmetry, number sense, the history of ideas and, ultimately, how we think. Their show The Secret Life Of Squares, with company dancer Saki, has inspired reviewer’s comments like these: “This duo showed the playful and engaging side of science… If I had known science and math could be so much fun, I would have paid more attention at school.”
Open and depends on performers’ schedules.
30 ft. wide by 20 ft. deep, smaller may be possible, depending on space arrangement.
$1000 plus travel (if necessary)