Formulae & Fairy Tales

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Choreographed by: 
Laura Karlin with Cody Brunelle-Potter, Hyosun Choi, William Clayton, Jessica Dunn, Adrian Hoffman, Isaac Huerta, Dominique McDougal, Shane Raiford.
Danced by: 
Cody Brunelle-Potter, Hyosun Choi, William Clayton, Jessica Dunn, Adrian Hoffman, Isaac Huerta, Dominique McDougal, Shane Raiford. (cast of 6 total dancers)
Music by: 
Eric Mason and Julia Kent

Invertigo Dance Theatre is excited to announce that the tickets are now available for the world premiere of its newest work Formulae & Fairy Tales September 13 and 14 at Santa Monica’s Eli and Edythe Broad Stage!


Math & Sex. Queens & Witches. Ones & Zeros. 

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

Formulae & Fairy Tales is a 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.

The production places the cold, high-stakes world of mathematics, artificial intelligence, and cryptography alongside a vivid, twisted fairy tale palette of romanticized beauty; blending historical events, sexuality, gender identity, and our essential humanity. The choreography plays on binary vs. nuance, mathematical precision vs. sensual expression. Theatricality, interactive video projections, and original music shape the performance into a landscape.

The Work Features:
Sensuality ~ Cryptography ~ Codes ~ Meaning That is Hidden & Revealed ~
Love That is Hidden & Revealed ~ The Apple as Forbidden Knowledge & Forbidden Love

About the Broad Stage
The Broad Stage gathers artists, thinkers and audiences to celebrate our shared humanity and expand the role the arts play in the vitality of our diverse community.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center opened its doors in October 2008. The Broad Stage is an artist’s dream and an audience’s delight.
Unlike any performance space in the country, it is sublimely intimate with just over 500 seats and strikingly grand at the same time–allowing eye contact with artists from the boxes to the back row–forging a new kind of artist and audience experience in Los Angeles. Boasting one of the city's largest proscenium stages, The Broad Stage offers theatre, dance, film, opera, jazz, world music, musicals, symphony and chamber orchestras, family programming and more. Each genre features superlative talent from every generation and around the globe. No other performing arts center west of the 405 can boast such consistently stellar lineups of performers, including André Watts, Anna Netrebko, Sir James Galway, Sutton Foster, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Patti LuPone, Aaron Neville, Lee Ritenou, Dave Grusin, Joshua Redman, Lil Buck, Bobby McFerrin, Helen Hunt, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and many others.
In addition to The Broad Stage, The Edye, our 100-seat black box theater, presents new, developing and innovative work in theatre, music and dance, as well as offerings from our other genres. Featuring younger, emerging artists, chamber pieces and plays, programming at The Edye reflects the dynamic nature of the space and allows for the latest, most exciting artists to be booked on short notice. 

The Broad Stage’s Education & Community Programs offer opportunities for cultural exposure through various art events, currently reaching more than 15,000 children, parents, educators and community members every year.

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.

To learn more about Invertigo and its work in the community view our 2018 EPK.  

Invertigo will continue to tour Formulae & Fairy Tales during the 2020-21 season, kicking off with a performance at the University of Florida Performing Arts’ Phillips Center on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

National Dance Project Production Grant Recipient
We are honored to announce that Invertigo's Formulae & Fairy Tales is a recipient 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

Formulae & Fairy Tales was one of 20 projects nationwide selected for the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.





Invertigo would like to thank the following major Indiegogo donors who have contributed to the production of Formulae and Fairy Tales and its community programming:

  • Bertha Cortes Carey
  • Joann Busuttil
  • Paula Matisse
  • Jonathan Spees

  • Jim Rodney 

  • Ursula Krummel

Donate to Invertigo's Indiegogo campaign here!


Booking: Leslie Scott,
Artistic Director: Laura Karlin,