The art of dance will intersect with neuroscience in a new performance at the Ackland Art Museum. On Feb. 17, choreographer and directer Killian Manning and her performance company No Forwarding Address will host a dance performance, inspired by Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s famous drawings of the human brain, that will be shown three times throughout the day.
“Santiago Ramón y Cajal's drawings of the brain are both aesthetically astonishing and scientifically significant," a press release from the Ackland said. "'The Beautiful Brain' is the first museum exhibition to present these extraordinary works in their historical context.”
The Ackland is displaying 80 of Cajal's 3,000-plus intricate drawings in its new 'The Beautiful Brain' exhibit until April 7.
Killian Manning, a choreographer for the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, has been involved with dance for many years, teaching dance at UNC from 1989-95. She has choreographed numerous dance pieces throughout her career that emphasize creative expression and improvisation.
Manning said she was inspired to arrange a 25-minute dance piece after seeing and researching Cajal’s work in neuroscience. She said she took most of her inspiration from his dream journals when creating the routine.