Astro Dance is an experimental new group within the NTID Performing Arts program that combines dance and science to tell the story of the creation of the universe. They have fun performing and dancing together, but there is much more to their identity. Together, the group acts as a dedicated family, with a mission to educate. While the dancers have no formal science training, their movements they can communicate stories, a talent which they hope to use to educate children and build a strong deaf theater community.
To accomplish this unique method of storytelling, Thomas Warfield, choreographer and assistant professor of NTID’s Cultural and Creative Studies Department, chooses ambiguous and high concept physical events like the big bang to retell in dance. The company then uses props, visual projection, narration, music and, most importantly, dance to tell the story. Astro Dance draws from a wide variety of dance styles and musical genres in unique combinations to translate scientific concepts into an
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