Dichromatic Dances

Karl Schaffer
Proceedings of Bridges 2017: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
Pages 291–298 Regular Papers


Dancers and choreographers employ symmetric patterns of bodies on stage fluidly and in fleeting ways. Ballet, folk, and contemporary dances often arrange dancers in two categories: men and women, two colors of costumes, antagonistic groups, etc. This paper investigates danced two-colored or dichromatic symmetry patterns, and continues an earlier investigation on how such danced symmetry patterns may be seamlessly morphed from one symmetry type to another, in a manner similar to visual parquet deformations. It also looks briefly at how they are employed in a variety of dance forms. These explorations may make for engaging activities for math classes or clubs.