Formulae & Fairy Tales

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Choreographed by: 
Laura Karlin
Danced by: 
Cody Brunelle-Potter, Hyosun Choi, William Clayton, Jessica Dunn, Adrian Hoffman, and Shane Raiford.
Music by: 
Eric Mason and Julia Kent

Formulae and Fairy Tales - trailer 1 from Invertigo Dance Theatre on Vimeo.

Invertigo Dance Theatre’s newest work-in-progress is Formulae & Fairy Tales, full-length work casting the life of Alan Turing, mathematical genius and World War II codebreaker, into the technicolor and mythologized ideas of his favorite film, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. After the war, Turing was criminally prosecuted for being gay and forced into chemical castration. In 1954, he died by eating an apple laced with cyanide, an act eerily foreshadowed by Snow White.

Formulae & Fairy Tales, places the cold, high-stakes world of mathematics, artificial intelligence, and cryptography alongside a vivid, twisted fairy tale palette; blending historical events, sexuality, gender identity, and our essential humanity. The choreography plays on binary vs. nuance, mathematical precision vs. sensual expression.

Creating Connections
Invertigo strives to create connections and tell stories that resonate with diverse communities. Invertigo’s theatrical style renders potentially academic or esoteric source material into a powerful, accessible, immersive experience. With Formulae & Fairy Tales, we are developing partnerships with the STEM academic community, LGBTQIA+ organizations, queer activists, and those working with technology to connect in new and innovative ways - reaching an audience that expands beyond the typical dance audience.

National Dance Project Production Grant Finalists
We are honored to announce that Invertigo's Formulae & Fairy Tales is a finalist for the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project Production Grant. This grant provides essential funding for the creation and touring of dance projects through a combination of funds to be used to create the new work, general operating support, and tour subsidies for U.S. organizations that tour the new work to their communities. To learn more please visit