Led by composer Dorothy Ker, choreographer Carol Brown, sculptor Kate Allen and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, The 19th Step is a performance-based research project exploring different ways the ‘languages’ of music, dance, sculpture and mathematics can talk to each other. In the context of theatre we discover synergies that cut across discipline boundaries to reveal new ways of understanding space and the shared nature of questions around space.
A series of workshops in 2006-7 initiated a bold dialogue bringing a mathematician into the performance studio. The tools which mathematics uses for conceiving space can be explored through musical, choreographic and sculptural content, text and formal structures. Texts of the 20th Century Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges have been our meeting point and the basis for developing our dialogue through performance.