article in the guardian

Creative calculations

Working with dance and music has opened my eyes to the dramatic potential of mathematics

‘The wonderful thing about such collaborations is that you are never sure where they will take you. As we spent a morning learning the tango, my mathematical eyes couldn’t help seeing a dance full of geometry. Follow the lines drawn on the floor by a tango dancer and there are the arcs of circles and lines that the Ancient Greek geometers used. I found myself performing a tango-inspired dance to bring alive the mathematical construction of a perfect hexagon, surely a first in the history of mathematics and dance. The power of these sorts of dialogues is that they end up pushing everyone’s boundaries in new directions.’