A group of dancers stood in front of an image of the sun

8 Minutes

This is a past event from Manchester Science Festival 2017. 

Alexander Whitley takes on the breathtaking scale of space for his company’s new multi-disciplinary dance, film and music work. Created in partnership with STFC RAL Space, 8 Minutes draws inspiration from images and data of solar science research to explore the spectacular forces at work in the universe. With a stunning installation of high-definition imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner and a specially composed score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl, 8 Minutes uses dance, film and music to investigate a subject in a way that captures our curiosity and wonder for this unimaginably vast subject.

8 Minutes: A Closer Look

Join Alexander Whitley, Professor Philippa Browning (Professor of Astrophysics, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics) and Professor Robert Walsh (Professor of Solar Astrophysics, UCLAN) for a pre-show discussion and Q&A. You’ll hear more about the cutting-edge research that inspired the show and how art and science collide to produce dazzling results.

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr Hugh Mortimer will no longer be part of this pre-show discussion.

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Tuesday 10 October 2017,
8pm - 9pm. Pre-show discussion 7pm – 7.45pm

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The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

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£16.50 / £14.50 (concessions available), pre-show discussion free to ticket holders.

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