Mathematics in Motion began as a collective of artists and mathematicians seeking experimentation outside their respective crafts. Their research yielded fun ways to express mathematical content to the public through movement based improvisations and choreography.
This led to two performances for the Atlanta Science Festival in 2017 and 2018, produced and directed by Kristel Rose Tedesco. The team worked together to create works on dance and mathematical history, graph theory, and transformations of linear functions. The Neighborhood Ballet and Drew Charter School donated space to facilitate shows that were met with curiosity from a diverse audience of children, families, academics and members or the arts community. Sponsorship from Body & Soul Wellness and generous donations from the public helped to support these productions.
The contributing artists and mathematicians to the first two productions were Sally O’Grady, Daley Kappenman, Susanna Green, Britt Ford, Porter Grubbs, Kalyn Hardman, Mason Brown, Devin Brown, Craig Carlson, Maxim Beeching, Evans Harrell, Andy Imm, Xander Flood, Andrea Ward, Jessica Bertram, and Manuela Manetta.
In 2017-2018, Ms. Tedesco wrote and taught a curriculum based on the group’s research to a group of 9th grade students at Cambridge High School. The curriculum centered on engaging movement games to teach mathematics. This culminated in an assembly performance for hundreds of 9th grade students lead by Dr. Evans Harrell and Ms.Tedesco.
Dr. Evans Harrell and Ms. Tedesco continued their research on the science of networks, also known as graph theory. They were so fortunate as to be selected as one of the first ten projects funded by a new program called Science in Vivo to create free public art to engage the public in mathematical thinking. The Seven Bridges of Königsberg had its première on September 13, 2018, on the Georgia Tech campus. The Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chaowen Ting played original music by Atlanta composer Marshall Coats, with choreography by Ms. Tedesco and math communication under the direction of Dr. Evans Harrell. The work was also performed at Seven Stages Theatre and Cabbagetown Park.
In 2019, Mathematicians in Motion seeks to continue to be a facilitator of research for science and mathematics communication through new partnerships with the arts and community organizations. If your interested in future collaborations, reach out to us!