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Dance Piece Inspired by Mathematical Genius Gets World Premiere in Santa Monica

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August 12, 2019 -- Proof that a mathematician's life can make good foder for a dance piece will be on display at the world premiere of "Formulae & Fairy Tales" in Santa Monica next month.

Los Angeles-based Invertigo Dance Theatre's latest work, based on the life of mathematical genius Alan Turing, will be performed at The Broad Stage on September 13 and 14.

"Formulae & Fairy Tales"
"Formulae & Fairy Tales" (Photo by Joe Lambie)

The piece casts the famous World War II code breaker's life "into the Technicolor© and mythologized ideas of his favorite film, Disney’s 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,'" the show's promoters said.

"'Formulae & Fairy Tales' highlights Turing's story, paying homage to his sharp wit, engaging humor and wild creativity within the strict mathematical world in which he lived," according to publicity for the show.

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As a member of Britain's Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), Turing played a pivotal role in intercepting coded messages that led to the defeat of the Nazis.

It has been estimated that his work may have shorted the war by more than two years and saved over 14 million lives, according to BBC Technology.

But after the war, Turing was convicted of “acts of gross indecency” for his homosexuality and was "ultimately chemically-castrated by the very country he had helped save," according to the show's promoters.

Turing died in 1954 after intentionally eating an apple laced with cyanide.

His death fulfilled his favorite lines from "Snow White" -- "Dip the apple in the brew / Let the sleeping death seep through.”

Invertigo Dance Theatre's "Formulae & Fairy Tales" may be the first dance piece inspired by Turing's life, which has been celebrated in literature, film, theater and music.

The production is one of 20 nationwide works selected for a prestigious New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project production grant.

The dance performance will take place Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage.

Tickets start at $49. Parking is free. For more information click here

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