Joy Of Regathering

World Premiere

7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 2022

Marquee Event

Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Free pre- and post-show events in the Studio Theater 
offer an immersive experience 1/2 hour before and after the marquee event

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Joy of Regathering, premiering September 17, 2022, is an exploration of who we are, from the microscopic entities that compose us, to what makes us human, to the astronomical realm that we inhabit. ‘Regathering’ is the focus, coming together after a long separation: as voices, travelers of the globe; as molecules of life within organisms; as stars within nebulae, galaxies within the Universe. 

Joy of Regathering in an hour-long performance piece bracketed by short pre- and post-shows. It tells this story through the delectable discoveries of science, from the microscopic to the cosmic; through narration, theater, and visuals, it dives into ancient cells, into waltzing black holes, into the soul; through dance, it transmutes from the deadly coronavirus to stellar beings; and through music across cultures, it brings alive a cosmic celebration.

Creator-Directors: Latrelle Bright (Theater), Jeffrey Moore (Chemistry, Beckman Institute), Rebecca Nettl-Fiol (Dance), Stephen Taylor (Music), Smitha Vishveshwara (Physics); Co-creators, collaborators, and consultants  are based in the disciplines of astronomy, dance, design, geology, microbiology, music, physics, theater and more. Participants include students, postdocs, staff, faculty, community members, and youth.  Joy of Regathering is generously supported by Beckman Institute, the Department of Physics, Grainger College of Engineering, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Office of the Provost, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.