The company spent some time visiting each of these areas, gathering
photographic and scientific material which was then integrated
into the production of the performance as well as contributing
to the simple but comprehensive touring exhibition and the many
workshops and residencies that followed.
David Glass, Director:
"In one way or another all theatre is a collaborative effort,
requiring individuals to work creatively and practically in close
Theatre where the elements of Dance, Music, Slide, Lighting Design and
Text have to weave seamlessly into one another requires that this collaboration
be even stronger.
Like in film each element works with another to beguile and entertain
It was my job to ensure that each of the collaborators was represented
and seen to their best advantage, whilst intermeshing their individual
As well as this it was vital that the subject matter 'The Life
Cycle of Quartz' be interesting, approachable and communicative
to a wide range of audiences in a wide range of venues.
By taking both of these major considerations into account, as
the Director I sought to marry all the threads of the work into
a cohesive and entertaining whole"
Graham Durant, Curator in Geology, Hunterian Museum:
"It is not easy to dance a landscape; it is not easy to dance
geological processes; it is not easy to communicate the vast length
of geological time. This has been an exciting project to work on.
I have always been interested in the communication of science
to a wider audience. As a curator in a University Museum, exhibitions
and lectures tend to be my main media but recently I have become
increasingly interested in exploring what to me are new media for
As a scientist it is very easy to become locked into the literal
- dance and music allow one to perceive natural phenomena in a