Here’s a quick experiment — get a group of people together and ask them to list things they aren’t very good at. It’s likely that math and dancing will end up somewhere on those lists.
Tye Lidman and Michelle Pearson are looking to change that. Lidman is an assistant professor of mathematics at NC State. He studies topology, or the structure of shape — specifically knots. Pearson is the director of Black Box Dance Theatre, a modern dance troupe that specializes in nonfiction dance and education. Together they’ve created a modern dance performance that explores complicated mathematical concepts — with NC State students and local community members taking part.
Originally published Sept. 17, 2018.