Choreographer and dancer Adeene Denton, who's pursuing a PhD in planetary geology at Purdue University, shares how her interests in dance and science complement one another.
Dance and science may seem to live in two polar spheres, but they have one crucial similarity. "At their core, the arts and sciences are tools for trying to understand the universe," Denton says. "Both look at the same problem of what it is to be alive."
Once she began graduate school, Denton thought that at some point, she would stop dancing. "But I just kept finding ways to do both." All of her choreographic work has had ties to her scientific research. "I became a much better dancer and choreographer when I was able to stop apologizing for the diversity of my interests," says Denton.
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The possibilities are infinite when it comes to cross-collaboration. Last summer, Denton participated in Doug Varone's DEVICES, a choreographic workshop and mentorship program, where she created a solo based on her relationship to space exploration. It coincided with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. "As a dancer and a scientist, I try to push the boundaries of my own creativity," she says.