Edge Theatre

It takes just eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to earth. In this unique collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space, choreographer Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from solar science research and its stunning imagery.

Dance, film and music take us on a journey through the universe, revealing the drama of the burning ball of plasma that illuminates our planet and exploring the numerous ways in which we relate to our home star. With an installation of high-definition imagery from visual artist Tal Rosner and a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl, 8 MINUTES captures our curiosity and wonder for this unimaginably vast subject.

“Whitley’s choreography establishes its own enriching animating narrative: the burnished pulsing duet that feels like the heartbeat of the universe, the languid, insouciant ensemble where the dancers look like a freebooting drift of cosmic matter.”  The Guardian

Alexander Whitley is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Associate Artist at Rambert, former Affiliate Choreographer of the Royal Ballet Studio Programme and a former Associate Artist at DanceEast. 8 MINUTES is a Sadler’s Wells commission, DanceEast and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance co-commission.

Duration of the performance 60 minutes, no interval
Age suitability of the show 8 years +


Alexander Whitley in association with Bath Dance is also providing a Behind-The-Mind Workshop for professional dancers on Sat 17 Mar.

Image credit: Johan Persson