Lepton: A #WordyMonday challenge

Words Worth at Lilian Baylis Theatre, Anton du Beke's first, contemporary choreography (c) Carole Edrich 2012

Words Worth at Lilian Baylis Theatre, Anton du Beke’s first, contemporary choreography (c) Carole Edrich 2012

It is currently thought that leptons and quarks are seen as the basic building matter of the universe. Unlike quarks, which exist only in composite form with other quarks, leptons exist on their own. The electron, muon and tau particles are charged while the three neutrinos have no electrical charge, very little mass and are very hard to find. The tau particle is nearly 4,000 times more massive than the electron and both have a spin of /2.

I selected two shots from Anton du Beke’s first contemporary choreography from the production Words Worth, which I shot at the Lilian Baylis Theatre to illustrate an electron and a tau particle. The dancers are turning around each other in both images because both elementary particles I’ve chosen have a spin. In the first shot the dancer I’ve selected to represent an electron is supporting the other with her hand and she’s intent on this action, as if the other dancers’ body is heavy and therefore difficult to hold. While they’re both obviously related, they’re distinct in both actions and position, which again I’ve chosen to represent the way these building blocks of matter exist.

In the second image the man; the tau particle is turning while lifting the much lighter electron. While they’re in close proximity their movements are distinct, and the electron looks as if she could continue spinning off in another direction entirely.

Words Worth at Lilian Baylis Theatre, Anton du Beke's first, contemporary choreography (c) Carole Edrich 2012

Words Worth at Lilian Baylis Theatre, Anton du Beke’s first, contemporary choreography (c) Carole Edrich 2012

I’ve left large amounts of negative space in both shots because.. well.. it’s a big universe!

Anton du Beke and Erin Boag are touring a new production at the moment, while Yolande Yorke-Edgell is holding a workshop at The Place in March with John Pennington of the Pennington Dance Group.

Ms Hedgehog suggested the word Lepton as a #WordyMonday challenge some time ago. Next week’s word, # was suggested by the marvellous Milo Miles. Please suggest more words as I’ll then have run out.