Art and Science Collide

Particle physics and robotics intertwine with dance and opera in this program where practitioners of highly refined disciplines search for common ground.

Followed by a post-screening discussion/Q&A with director Ruben van Leer; Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium; Dr. Donald Goldsmith, scientist/writer and Keri Kukral former professional ballet dancer, bio-mechanical engineer and founder of Raw Science TV.

Co-presented by California Academy of Sciences

Saturday, October 10 | 4:30 pm

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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Single Ticket: $15 (Students: $13, ID required)

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Symmetry Unraveled

(The Netherlands, 2015) 25:00
Director: Juliette Stevens


(The Netherlands, 2015) 28:00
Director: Ruben van Leer
Choreographer: Lukas Timulak


Symmetry is a dance-opera film created by director Ruben van Leer and choreographer Lukáš Timulak. Filmed inside Cern, the large hadron collider.

A fascinating making-of documentary, Symmetry Unraveled explores the intersection of art and science through the project, followed by the 28-minute film Symmetry itself, where a Cern researcher is thrown off balance while working on the theory of everything and the smallest particle.

Additional Credits

Dancers Shirley Essenboom, Joeri Dubbe, Cesar Fernandes and Celia Amade | Dramaturgist Martin Butler | VFX Supervisor Tom Geraedts | Sound Lennert Hunfeld | Docu Maker Juliette Stevens | Writer Ruben van Leer | Photographer Masha Osipova | Production Designer Barnaby Monk | DOP Paul Ozgur | 1st AD Kelly Jenkins | Focus Puller Michael Hobdell

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San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Symmetry, Director: Ruben van Leer Choreographer: Lukas Timulak


SFDFF, Ballet Meets Robotics: The Making of Francesca Da Rimini, Director: Tarik Abdel-GawadBallet Meets Robotics: The Making of Francesca Da Rimini

(USA, 2015) 5:13
Director: Ashley Rodholm
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An in-depth look at the process and making of Francesca Da Rimini, where a robotically controlled camera is used to capture a performance starring San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada.

San Francisco Dance Film, Francesca Da Rimini, Director: Tarik Abdel-Gawad, Choreographer: Yuri PossokhovFrancesca Da Rimini

(USA, 2014) 2:59
Director: Tarik Abdel-Gawad
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
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Featuring San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada, Francesca Da Rimini is an experiment using a robotically controlled camera to capture their passionate pas de deux.

San Francisco Dance Film, Type Dynamics, Director: Ruben van Leer, Choreographer: Lukas TimulakType/Dynamics

(The Netherlands, 2014) 4:49
Director: Ruben van Leer
Choreographer: Lukas Timulak

A duet set against a real-time data installation shows the emotional urgency contained within our bodies.

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