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Einstein's E=mc˛ inspires ballet
Pieter Symonds and Thomasin Gulgec - photograph by Anthony Crickmay
The ballet will premiere in May
A ballet inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity (E=mc˛) will premiere in London later this year.

The ballet, called Constant Speed, will be the highlight of the Rambert Dance Company's Spring tour.

The work is the inaugural choreographic piece from Rambert artistic director Mark Baldwin and was commissioned by the Institute of Physics.

A professor of physics is working with Baldwin to advise on the technical aspects of the work.

Jerry Cowhig from the Institute of Physics said the collaboration between art and science was "ideal for abstract concepts like the theories of Einstein".

It was commissioned to mark Einstein Year in 2005 - 100 years after Albert Einstein published three seminal research papers, which changed scientific thinking about the universe forever.

'Wonderful opportunity'

As a source of inspiration for Constant Speed, Mark Baldwin has focused on two of these papers - the theory of Special Relativity (E=mc˛) and Einstein's investigations of Brownian Motion.

It will premiere at Sadler's Wells, London on 24 May 2005.

Baldwin said: "After my first two years as Artistic Director and a significant break from choreographing, I am bursting to do this work.

"I am very excited about the material I have created so far, and our dancers have been incredibly receptive.

"Ray Rivers, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, has provided me with valuable technical guidance in this process.

"It is a privilege and a pleasure to be working with the Institute of Physics on this significant project and I believe it is a wonderful opportunity to combine two very diverse subjects and enhance learning possibilities."

Musical backdrop

Cowhig added: "Dance is an expressive medium and it will be ideal for abstract concepts like the theories of Einstein on everything from tiny atoms to the dynamics of the whole cosmos.

"I love the work of Rambert which is always innovative and thrilling and I am confident this new work will trigger many people's curiosity about physics in Einstein Year."

Constant Speed will be performed to the music of Franz Lehar, and the six works chosen to accompany the movement were also composed around 1905, creating a timely relevance to the whole piece.

Paul Hoskins, music director of Rambert, said he was keen to find some "relevance to the Einstein stimulus".

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