"Brain-Inspired Dance” is back at the Ackland Art Museum on March 24 for Family and Friends Sunday. The performance includes a workshop geared toward children and families to interact with the art.
The Ackland is displaying 80 of Cajal's drawings. The art exhibit, titled "The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal" will remain at the Ackland until April 7.
Killian Manning and her performance company, No Forwarding Address, will host the dance performance, inspired by Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s famous drawings of the human brain. The first performance will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the participatory dance workshop. After the workshop, the dance company will perform once more around 3:30 p.m.
Manning, a choreographer for the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, has been involved with dance for many years. She taught dance at UNC from 1989 until 1995. She said she has choreographed countless dance performances throughout her career and that she takes a special interest in choreographing performances that reflect a microcosm of all the human experiences.
In order to create the piece, Manning studied Cajal’s dream journals and found inspiration in his writings. Manning said No Forwarding Address has been rehearsing since October for the original performance in February and continued rehearsing for the March performance.