The Gift

A collaboration with Dr. Natalie Gosnell, Professor of Astrophysiciscs at Colorado College

β€˜The universe is a place of many stories. To you, a library; to me, a galaxy...What came to pass, it happened in barely half a million years. For you, for your lifetime, that might be five minutes, or ten. What came to pass, in that bare collection of instants, changed the character of my life forever.’

--The Gift

The Gift is an intimate, social 20-minute performance experience that merges the private pleasure of reading with choreographed collective action to explore themes of partnership and care. The subjects of our story are a blue straggler star and its companion. To our naked eye, these two stars might appear to be a single point of light, but they are actually two objects; the blue straggler burns brighter and bluer and looks younger, while the companion is a star at the end of its life.

Participants in The Gift gather in an open space. They are offered an illustrated book (with surprises hidden throughout), while story, instruction, and original music are delivered wirelessly through audio headsets. Intended for participants ages 12 and up, The Gift offers a new way of experiencing science that transforms complex, cutting-edge research into a playful and accessible encounter with the wonder of astrophysics.

The work is currently in development with support from Innovation at Colorado College and the Public Theater in New York City.

See the project trailer below:

Following successful prototyping workshops at the Public Theater and Colorado College, we will undertake further script development in summer 2019, followed by a pre-production residency at Brooklyn College in August. From there, we will collaborate with composer Tina Hanae-Miller, along with a visual artist and book designer. The book will be a beautiful, designed art object, with magical 3-dimensional moments for readers to discover. And it is a gift the audience takes home with them after the performance. We will undertake both audio production and an intensive printing/manufacturing process, as we work towards a January 2020 New York City premiere. We are intend to make 50 presentations of the work within the first 2 years at science, art, and educational institutions.