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It takes just eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to earth. In this unique collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space, choreographer Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from solar science research and its stunning imagery.

Dance, film and music take us on a journey through the universe, revealing the drama of the burning ball of plasma that illuminates our planet and exploring the numerous ways in which we relate to our home star.

With an installation of high-definition imagery from visual artist Tal Rosner and a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl, 8 Minutes captures our curiosity and wonder for this unimaginably vast subject.

“Whitley’s choreography establishes its own enriching animating narrative: the burnished pulsing duet that feels like the heart beat of the universe, the languid insouciant ensemble where the dancers look like a freebooting drift of cosmic matter” The Guardian

8 Minutes is a Sadler’s Wells commission, DanceEast and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance co-commission. Supported by NESTA, Science & Technology Facilities Council, The Point Eastleigh, Music Sales Group, STFC RAL Space, Studio Wayne McGregor/FreeSpace Programme, the Platform Theatre Central Saint Martins, the Royal Astronomical Society, Jerwood Space, Rambert and the individuals who generously supported the 8 Minutes CrowdFunder campaign.

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