World Premiere of Invertigo Dance Theatre’s Formulae & Fairy Tales

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September 13th, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
World Premiere of Invertigo Dance Theatre’s Formulae & Fairy Tales

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Dip the apple in the brew / Let the sleeping death seep through” – mathematical genius and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing was known to mutter these lines from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs over and over as he walked the hallways of Bletchley Park, where he and his fellow World War II code-breakers raced against the clock to decipher the Nazi’s “unbreakable” code.
Los Angeles-based Invertigo Dance Theatre offers the world premiere of Formulae & Fairy Tales, which casts Turing’s life into the Technicolor© and mythologized ideas of his favorite film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, placing the world of mathematics, artificial intelligence, and cryptography onto a vivid, twisted fairy-tale palette.
Named as “one of the top six trendsetting companies to watch in Los Angeles” by Dance Spirit magazine, Invertigo Dance Theatre connects people to story and community through a blend of dynamic contemporary movement and compelling theatre. The company’s release-based technique draws on a hyper-kinetic high-impact vocabulary and floor-based movement.
Formulae & Fairy Tales was one of 20 nationwide works selected for a prestigious New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project production grant.
Alan Turing, considered the father of artificial intelligence and the computer, was a computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. He was known for his eccentric wit, engaging sense of humor, and as an affable man to his friends.
While his accomplishments helped end World War II, he lived in a time when his sexual orientation wielded chilling consequences. After the war, in March 1952, he was convicted of “gross indecency” by the very country he helped save, and in 1954, he died by eating an apple laced with cyanide, an act eerily foreshadowed by Snow White.
“This show is many things. It is a whimsical leap into a vivid imagination. It is a love letter to a great mind. It is a playground and a memory and a machine. It is a rejection of tragedy in favor of hope, redemption, and an implacable desire that our world be better for the people living in it,” says Laura Karlin, Invertigo Dance Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director.

World Premiere of Invertigo Dance Theatre’s Formulae & Fairy Tales