Nearing Convergence: An Interactive Set Design for Dance

Benigna Chilla
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2000)
Pages 119–124


In this paper, I will present the development of my collaboration with choreographer, Ellen Sinopoli, and four of her dancers in creating "Nearing Convergence." My work alone consists of layered elements and often explores the interplay of geometrical forms and optical movement. In this collaboration, the challenge and the excitement for me was to add the dimension of physical movement of the dancers to a very large scale work. The challenge for the choreographers, the dancers, and myself together was to find and express the intersection of physical movement and optical form. In this lecture/slide demonstration, I will present slides documenting the conceptual development of the set design for "Nearing Convergence," and I will show video clips from the premier production of the performance.