The Strange Charm of Mother Nature
The idea for The Strange Charm of Mother Nature was born out of a visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Quarks, the particles used in the collider, have different properties – colour, mass, spin – and are given names accordingly: up, down, top, bottom, strange, charm, and it is the mission of the scientists at CERN to use quarks to find out how Mother Nature does things.
The work is in three sections inspired by cosmological phenomena from gamma ray bursts – the brightest, largest and most colourful explosions in the universe – to quarks themselves: sub-atomic particles spinning and pairing seemingly randomly, but somehow together forming life, the universe and everything.
The work is set to Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 3. Stravinsky reconfigured the notes of Bach’s music for his work – notes being reformed into something quite different, just like sub-atomic particles.
‘There’s so much talent on display you don’t know where to look’
- Mark Baldwin
- Igor Stravinsky
Johann Sebastian Bach
- Design concept:
- Mark Baldwin & Katie Paterson
- Costume design:
- Stevie Stewart
- Lighting design:
- Mark Henderson
Premiere: Theatre Royal Plymouth, 24 September 2014