Genetic research raises prospects that previous generations may scarcely have imagined: of prolonging life and maintaining youth indefinitely, of replicating an individual, of choosing the bodies and brains of our children, and of creating new species to feed and serve us. How we heal, age, procreate, and eat may all be altered in the next years by scientific research happening right now.

In Ferocious Beauty: Genome Liz Lerman Dance Exchange explores the current historic moment of revelation and questioning in genetic research. Under the artistic direction of choreographer Liz Lerman the subject is represented through a plurality of viewpoints, mirroring a dialogue among multiple voices — artistic, scientific, and scholarly — in all their varied perspectives.

Inspired by the mapping of the human genome, this multi-media dance piece is the result of a rare and unique collaboration between artists, scientists, and educators.

Performance: 8 pm, Friday, November 14, 2008 in the Williams Center for the Arts

Sponsored in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Environmental Initiative at Lafayette College.