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Symmetry

Short

Directed by Ruben van Leer | Produced by CTM Films

Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? These are the kinds of questions that both artists and scientists grapple with. Choreographer Lukáš Timulak performs both roles in this dance-opera short film set in CERN’s Large Hardon Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. While Lukáš seeks to unlock the building blocks of our existence, he is suddenly transported to an eternal landscape where he encounters an ethereal being, soprano Claron McFaddon, “My love, can you hear me?”

“If we want to understand what happened, we need to think beyond the conventional ideas of time and space.”

In Symmetry, director Ruben van Leer comes close to capturing an essence of particle physics—a field throughly incomprehensible to most outsiders—through the representational powers of opera, dance and science. As the Hardon Collider takes on the dimensions of Lukas’ inner world, Symmetry becomes the rare collision of art and science that manages to transcend as well as illuminate both. And it does so against the majestic backdrops of the underground particle accelerator in Switzerland and Bolivia’s salt flats.

Festivals & awards

Best Director
San Francisco Dance Film Fest.
2015
Art Prize
Aesthetica Film Festival UK
2015
Official Selection
CINEDANS
2015

The accompanying documentary Symmetry Unravelled is both a ‘making of’ and essay about the equilibrium between art and science. Directed by Juliette Stevens, it provides context from Dutch physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, CERN head theorist John Ellis, and CERN physicist (and Cultural Board member) Michael Doser, as well as soprano Claron McFaddon, dancer-choreographer Lukáš Timulak and dancer Celia Amade.

Symmetry
Cast
Lukáš Timulak & Claron McFadden
Writer
Ruben van Leer
Director
Ruben van Leer
Librettist
Stan Lapinski
Composer
Joep Franssens & Henry Vega
Cinematographer
Paul Özgür
Editor
Amber Hooijmans
Producers
Sander Verdonk & Denis Wigman

Produced by CTM Films