Cracks in the Code
Computer science and dance double-major Emily Farrow ’18, recently presented her senior choreographed work, Cracks in the Code in the Doane Dance Performance Space.
Emily considered what combinations of computer science and dance were possible, focusing on the ways dance could be mapped to algorithms. She wrote multiple computer programs that generated sequences and patterns based on principles of movement analysis, to be interpreted and manipulated by herself and a cast of four. One of Emily’s probing research questions that arose while creating these computer-inspired movements is “when does structure inhibit freedom and when does it enhance it?” Throughout the piece, she grappled with when to follow the sequences and structures created by the code, and when to break them. What a great way to combine her two passions of computer science and dance– a true liberal arts experience!