Events, Performances

Nervous Systems – Artistic Director’s Message

By Kimberley Cooper
2 min read | March 17, 2023

But doesn’t it seem magical?

That we can get hungry, and sleep, and get turned on? That we can run fast, play an instrument, dance? That we can look at someone and our pupils dilate, and our heart races, or feels like it’s actually breaking.  That we can decide we like those shoes, or that song. That we can express our ideas, heck, that we can even have ideas.  The human body is an incredible thing, we all have one and perhaps sometimes we become ordinary to ourselves, but truly, aren’t we a world of wonder?

And so much of this is because of our nervous system- the telegraph lines that control us, regulate us, keep us pumping and bumping. It’s wild when you think about how much is going on inside us, even while we are just sitting, even when we are just sleeping.

I think that is what Nervous Systems is about- the wonder of us.  Sometimes the band is the brain, the dancers the body, sometimes that flips, sometimes we look deeper into the internal workings of the central and peripheral nervous systems, and we will try to explain what we are doing while we are doing it… there is also a little science fiction and speculation on some other unknowns.  My dad is a neuroscientist, and he thinks making a dance show about the nervous system is a bad idea- but I’m hoping to prove him wrong, while also using him as a secret research weapon.

If I’m making you think this show is going to be too science-y, trust me- science is cool! But I can also promise you that this show will be physical and passionate, that you will have 15 gorgeous artists to stare at and listen to.  I hope it will make your pupils dilate and your heart beat faster.   This show celebrates the human body, and you have one of those, so you should be able to relate in some way.

Come see the show!

Kimberley Cooper

Artistic Director and Choreographer


April 27 – May 14, 2023