On Sunday 8 May there’s a chance to see ( and possibly take part in) an interactive dance performance about MND research called ‘Action Potential’. It’s taking place in central London as part of Imperial College’s Science Festival.
The name of the performance – ‘Action Potential’ – is taken from the scientific name for the movement of an electrical impulse down a nerve cell (motor neurone). It also fits the active nature of the dancers. It is funded by a Wellcome Trust grant.
What will the performance be like?
Dancers and martial arts performers will delve inside a motor neurone to explain how scientists think they work. This will include a high energy opening dance sequence, and a fun interactive second section for all the family to take part in explaining how the brain communicates with our muscles. The third section will be an emotive finale illustrating the relevance of this research in the battle against MND.
After the performance – which will last between 20 – 30 minutes, there will be a chance to visit some interactive stands from MND research labs based at University College London (UCL) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
The collaboration of two dance companies – Combination Dance Company and Access Dance, with MND researchers Dr Rickie Patani (UCL) and Dr Emma Hodson-Tole (MMU), and the MND Association first began for a performance at Manchester Science Festival in October 2016.
Comments in the feedback included “absolutely excellent performance. Super intro, fun to watch. Interactive section really effective, all engaged and learning made fun. Emotional section so moving. Very well done- keep it up!” and “brilliant explanation with games and a beautiful, moving dance at the end”
A video trailer of the dance was created from the performance in Manchester.
More details for Sunday 8 May
This is a free event suitable for all ages. Come and join our interactive and educational performance.
The performances will take place as part of Imperial College Science Festival. The times of the performances, and the address are given below:
Performances at 12.30, 2.30 & 4pm in The Great Hall
Imperial College London,
London SW7 2AZ
Images courtesy of Todd Creative Services Ltd: Creating Insight