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Redshift Productions Pairs Physics and Dance in Dance of Scales at the 2010 Light in Winter Festival

Cornell Physicist Itai Cohen and Choreographer Maren Waldman will present a dance, narrative and multimedia performance about the movement of organisms at different scales.

Ithaca, NY, December 17, 2009 --( Redshift Productions (Megan K. Halpern and Max Evjen, co-artistic directors) will present the collaboration of physicist Dr. Itai Cohen and choreographer Maren Waldman in Dance of Scales, a dance, narrative and multimedia performance about movement of organisms at the nano-, 100 micron-, and millimeter scales, and beyond on January 23rd, 2010 at the Statler Auditorium on the campus of Cornell University as part of Ithaca’s Light in Winter Festival, an annual festival of science and art.

Dance of Scales centers on the work performed in the lab of Dr. Cohen, and the work in movement performed by Ms. Waldman. Cohen and Waldman, along with dancers Sara Matilsky, Kalay Mordock and Holly Hibbert, demonstrate through movement, speaking, music, visuals, audience participation and onstage demonstrations the differences in how particles and organisms move to negotiate their wildly different environments. Part science lesson, part dance performance, Dance of Scales is both and neither, and is a highly engaging experience for audiences of all ages.

Dance of Scales
Performance is on Saturday January 23rd, 2010 at 2:30 PM
The Statler Auditorium is located in Statler Hall on the Ithaca campus of Cornell University
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at
or call (607) 273-4497 or 1-800-284-8422

To arrange interview with Dr. Cohen, Ms. Waldman or Redshift Productions
please contact Max Evjen at Redshift Productions at 212-928-1533 or at


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Itai Cohen is an assistant professor at Cornell University studying the physics of soft matter. His research focuses on how the internal structure and size of materials affects the way they move or flow. The materials his group investigates range from micron-sized particles, to soft biological tissues, and even the aerodynamic flows induced by flying insects. Remarkably, while such materials are ubiquitous and can be found in any kitchen, understanding how they move due to imposed forces remains one of the big challenges in the field of Physics. More information at

Maren Waldman is a Dance Artist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Educator based in Ithaca, NY. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Haverford College, where she majored in Anthropology. Maren trained professionally in modern dance at the Limon Institute in NYC, has performed in NYC, Rochester, England, and Ithaca, and has choreographed solo and ensemble works for stage and for specific sites including Rochester’s ArtWalk, Art in the Heart public sculptures on the Ithaca Commons, and State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca. She has collaborated with chamber musicians, visual artists, and is currently developing a project on the intersection of dance and physics. She also has over 10 years of training in swing dance, specializing in West Coast Swing. She teaches modern dance at the Community School of Music and Arts and maintains a private practice in massage therapy at the Center For Health. For more about her classes, performances, and massage practice or to contact her with ideas, visit

Redshift Productions creates experiences in art and science for scientists, artists, and audiences by facilitating collaboration between scientists and artists in order to create artistic works as science outreach. Past projects include: Off Broadway: Phallacy by Carl Djerassi at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Three on a Couch and Taboos by Carl Djerassi at the Soho Playhouse, SeaChange: Reversing the Tide by Roger Payne and Lisa Harrow at the Cherry Lane Theatre; Off-Off Broadway: the rock opera Galileo: The Emotional Life of a Spacecraft, the comedy Happy Hour at the Event Horizon, and the collaborative workshop called The Collaboratorium. Redshift was recently featured on NPR Science Friday, ABC News Nightline and CBS Sunday Morning, and has been featured in The New York Times, Variety, TimeOut NY, and numerous other industry trade outlets. Redshift Productions also conducts assessment of outreach, training for best practices in science communication, and entertainment and workshops for conferences and symposia. More information at
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