a journey within
Scientists know so much about what’s far above us. We know the weight of the Moon. We know the composition of stars in galaxies millions of light years away. But we know comparatively little about what lies just a few dozen miles below our feet.
That which is beneath is a mystery.
The journey within changes things
Beneath is a media-rich, live performance about the science of the Earth’s deep interior.
Alternatively whimsical, poetic, and awe-inspiring, this transdisciplinary fusion of current scientific research and live theatre peers into the mysteries of what lies far below the surface. Beneath features a geologist ballerina dancing catastrophic planetary cycles, a bass-playing geophysicist interacting with his data through trip-hop bass-lines, and a belly-dancing theoretical astrophysicist embodying seismic waves. Audiences also visit the lab of a mineral physicist who uses diamonds to unlock the mysteries of the deep, and talk with the first woman to lead a NASA mission beyond Earth’s orbit to discover why we look up and out to see down and in. Beneath introduces audiences to the wonders of our planet’s interior and the people who study it. Compelling, fun, and approachable, Beneath illustrates the dynamic systems of the Earth and shows the ways in which humans are connected to the immense and ancient processes of our planet.
Beneath is the product of a multiyear collaboration among a team of planetary scientists, theatre makers, performance artists, and media designers based at Arizona State University in collaboration with animators, artists, and media designers, from across the US, including the performance group Cloud Eye Control, Obscura Digital Creative Studio, and Ohio State University. These partnerships have served to redefine the ways in which performance can function as both an arts-led research practice and forum for engaged learning. In both its goals and methods, Beneath provides a model for transdisciplinary collaboration and public outreach in science.
Lead Artist Lance Gharavi
Lead Scientist Ed Garnero
Director Erika Hughes
Sound Designer Stephen Christensen
Systems & Visualization Designer Ian Shelanskey
Choreographer Liz Lerman
Composer Dan Puccio
Lead Media Designer Jake Pinholster
Media Designers Miwa Matreyek
Production Manager Laura Winneman
Performer Heather Lee Harper
Petrologist, Performer Christy Till
Astrophysicist, Performer Patrick Young
Seismologist, Performer Ed Garnero
Planetary Scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Experimental Mineral Physicist Dan Shim
Lead Media Design Daniel Fine
Systems Design Matthew Ragan
Production Design Brunella Provvidente
Associate Artist Julie Rada
Media Design Alex Oliszewski
Lighting Design Mollie Flanagan
Production Manager Melissa Dickman
It’s easier to look up and out than it is to look down anD in.