Choreographer: Jack Philp

Academic Partner: Professor Paola Borri


This piece explores new groundbreaking research in the world of biosciences. Laser-based optical microscopy uses laser sources to support in seeing nano particles; deep inside cell structures, we took inspiration from those new techniques and explored how they can apply to movement, sound and space.

“Working with Professor Paola Borri from the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, Opto Nano is the latest piece of work by Jack Philp Dance which is currently in development. The choreography went through a period of intense research in 2019 with support from Arts Council of Wales and National Dance Company Wales.”


Pick a colour wavelength and draw it out on a piece of paper.

Get creative! Create a short sequence based on the properties and qualities of the wavelength you picked. Red has a large wavelength and low frequency, try to explore actions which fill all the space around you with few, large, controlled movements. Violet has a short wavelength and high frequency, how can you fill the space you are in with lots of small movements. The wavelengths are continuous, so think about how your material can sustain a constant speed, think about qualities, think about shape, think about density.

Continue to develop a short sequence for each wavelength and then split them to connect moments from red, green and violet. If you have a partner or there are more than one of you, you could see how your material might fit together and cross in the same space.

You could record your choreography and create a short film, editing the footage with the wavelength colours over the top. Why not research our composer and play with different music to help show your idea too.

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