Anna Lindemann's "Theory of Flight" featured in David Rothenberg's "Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution"

Anna Lindemann's "Theory of Flight" featured in David Rothenberg's "Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution"

Date posted: 2011-11-18 13:48:38

"In Survival of the Beautiful, a searching, accessible, and often ecstatic book, musician and philosopher David Rothenberg laments that modern-day Darwinists have minimized the significance of the beautiful in favor of the useful, not least because beauty is tougher to quantify...."  (The Wall Street Journal online edition)

Anna Lindemann (MFA 2011) is featured in David Rothenberg's new book Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution.  An adaptation of Theory of Flight, a fantasia of avian obsession by Anna Lindemann, will be a part of the All-Day Wonder Cabinet "Is Nature Too Beautiful?" held at the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU in February.  The Wonder Cabinet celebrates David Rothenberg's new book.

In Theory of Flight, a scientist's biology lecture on flight goes awry when she reveals her own extreme experiments. Dreams of flight, avian arias, a magical chalkbaord, transgenic experiments, animated cellular processes, orchestral bird songs, and molecular music intersect in an emotional and scientific pursuit of human flight.  Music, animation, and story by Anna Lindemann. Performed by Lucy Fitz Gibbon as the soprano bird spirit, and Anna Lindemann as the scientist. Directed by Emma Lunbeck with costumes by Kylin Mettler and lighting design by Jay Maury.

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