Cambridge Contemporary Dance

"Light Matter was a completely magical evening ... The whole show, in fact, does what all the best art does: renews the way its spectators see the world." - Ruth Padel, Christ's College poet-in-residence

Thank you to all who came and shared in our experience of putting new dance, music and art in the University Senate House in early December 2009, in two sell-out performances of Light Matter. Photos and videos from the show, as well as the programme and press release, are archived in Media.

Celebrating 800 years of science through new dance, music and visual art
Cambridge University Senate House Gala [map]
Friday 4 December 7:30pm and Saturday 5 December 6pm
Tickets 16/12 concessions
Online booking or box office 01223 300085
Interval wine reception included in ticket price
Saturday evening Black Tie

In the twilight of the University of Cambridge's 800th Anniversary Celebration comes one of the most ambitious cultural events seen in Cambridge in years. In conjunction with the University of Cambridge's 800th Anniversary Celebration, Light Matter: Celebrating 800 Years of Science Through Art combines contemporary dance, live music, and stunning visual effects in a celebration of Isaac Newton and his epoch-making quest to understand the nature of light. The venue is historic Senate House, here hosting a dance performance for the first time ever.

The event represents a remarkable collaboration between professional and emerging artists, with the programme featuring world premieres of work by renowned artists such as Vanessa Fenton of the Royal Ballet, artist Issam Kourbaj and composer David Earl. Dance enthusiasts can look forward to a full slate of new work by Cambridge Contemporary Dance; music lovers, to live choral singing and a haunting performance of the Theremin by inventor Leon Theremin's own grand-niece, virtuoso player Lydia Kavina. Set and lighting designers will take Senate House itself as their canvas, creating site-specific artwork of scope and daring.

Light Matter promises to be an evening absolutely not to be missed. Book now before tickets sell out:

Read the cover feature article on the Gala in Agenda magazine (PDF)