What does juggling do your brain? What happens in your body when you dance on a cord? And what does the thought that you can never drop your partner do to the psyche of an acrobat? Sign up for Circus & Science, a night that offers a scientific look behind the scenes of circus artist’s techniques.
With two artists from Rotterdam Circusstad and the best researchers and students of Erasmus University, Erasmus MC and Codarts Circus Arts puts research and the magic of circus together on stage on May 2nd in the Rotterdam Schouwburg.
Neuroscience student Jos van der Geest and cord dancer Ronja Breuk will talk about balance and balance. Jos: “Keeping your balance looks so easy because we do it all day, but if you look at a cord dancer, you see immediately that balance not at all that obvious for our brain to process”.
“Circus and science has everything to do with one another", he continues. “Circus artists are able to do things that regular people can’t. Scientists can learn a lot about human functionality by watching them carefully.”
Who else is in the line up?
• Can everybody learn to juggle? Brain professor Maarten Frens and juggler/ psychologist Harm van der Laan about balls and the brain.
• Sports and Performance Psychologist Diana van Winden examines the importance of trusting eacht other and in what’s physical (im)possible with acrobats David & Marieke.
• Acrobatic architecture; Mechanical teacher Gerrie Hobbelman (TU Delft) and acrobatics society Satchok.
• Leadership professor Michaéla Schippers and Young Team Umbrella about working togehter and group coordination.