Thursday, June 25, 2009

Birmingham Public Library to Host Math in Motion for BPL@Night

math in motion
The Birmingham Public Library is proud to host the program Math in Motion, an exciting, participatory performance that investigates math concepts using music, movement, and a curious collection of everyday objects. Performed by four professional dancers, the show is designed for all ages. It is great entertainment for the whole family. The performance poses intriguing questions and links dance to everyday life. What is math, anyway? How many is a few? How many are in a bunch? What do you call a group of dragons?

Math In Motion has been on tour since 1998. More than 30,000 elementary and middle school students and educators at more than 100 schools throughout the state have hosted this imaginative mix of math and dance. Karl Schaffer, a modern dancer with a PhD in Mathematics, created Math in Motion and has toured the state of Alabama since 1998.

Mary Foshee has created the framework and much of the choreography for Math in Motion. She will perform at the BPL@Night program. She earned an M.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, winning an Orchesis Award for Choreography and Performance. She came to Birmingham in 1980 to work with Southern Danceworks and was Artistic Director until 1994. Mary has been working with Children’s Dance Foundation (CDF) since 1994.

Children’s Dance Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Birmingham. CDF is a leader in dance education and teacher training, incorporating the arts into classroom curricula. For more information on the CDF, visit

Event: Math in Motion performance for BPL@Night
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Central Library’s Atrium
Cost: Free

Light refreshments will be served.

Visit the JCLC Kids Catalog for books and media on mathematics.

BPL thanks Compass Bank for its generous support of BPL@Night. BPL@Night is also made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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