Creative Research

Time Has Set the Table for Tea: A Matter of Origins Project

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange


This 360-degree performance happening and "conversation with big minds" was accompanied by tea and chocolate cake in February 2011. A component of The Matter of Origins project, this unique experience was inspired by Liz Lerman's encounters with the scientists of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. The notion of tea and conversation harkens back to Edith Watner's 1940's tea house in Los Alamos, where the physicists of the Manhattan Project met for conversations after their daily work splitting the atom and building the atomic bomb.

This performance was made possible by a grant from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The event tied into Liz Lerman's teaching course at Wesleyan, Ways of Knowing: The Use of Creative Research in Artmaking Practices.

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