A COVID-19 story told in four acts through dance and light, IAM is all about perspective.
Each act takes place at a sequentially larger scale of material reality: first molecular, then human, earthly, and universal.
“IAM symbolizes the interconnectedness of our material reality, and the fallacy that humans can live outside of nature or control it."
Dance of the molecules
Act 1, Dance of the Molecules, is an interpretation of the dance that human and viral molecules engage in when they meet inside the body.
Bathed in pulsating light projections, the dancers play molecules — a coronavirus, an ACE2 receptor, and a ribosome. The projected imagery was created using 3-D models of the actual structure of these molecules.
“Brought inside a cell by a human molecule, the ACE2 receptor, the virus is uncloaked and floats free as a naked strand of genetic code. The naked virus is enveloped by a giant human ribosome, who multiplies it. The new viruses leave the cell and are exhaled from the body to begin the cycle anew.”