Atmosphere of research laboratory in which musicians and dancers gain a scientific sense in a mechanized search to find the balance between music, time and movement. “4” is a battle of symmetries, scales and deconstructions. The collaboration and the obsession for the perfect result is the goal that keeps together the four performers. The accelerated and intriguing rhythm is manifested with a hint to a countdown placing “4” between science fiction and thriller.

The aesthetics of the piano becomes here an “operating theatre table”. The movements of the two dancers as well as the two pianists will have elements in common, in arms, legs, and upper body, and will be synchronized in an exquisite precision.


Scientific approach

The idea of scientific reductionism in trying to understand/control the endless creativity of nature... going through that journey and then realising you will never entirely be able to pin down and grasp those endless possibilities and finding a sense of wonder through it.

eg genetics they thought they could simplify how diseases or abnormalities express but how they are finding that genes and environment interact in very complex ways (endless possibility for nature’s creativity).


Inspiration from dna double helix twist by Dr. Neha Shah.


Sicological approach

Often dance represents body, and music may represent brain (or something that we conceive in our brain). But actually there is absolutely no dance without an extremely complex and intelligent brain activity, and there is no music without an extremely complex movement activity; there is no hips without limbs, and no staccato if you don't know what continuous sounds like.


Any separation of the reality is completely artificial. That does not mean bad or not true, but we decide how and when to separate them.

Hence there is no perfect "balance" to be found between music and movement or perfect symmetry between dancers and musicians because they are on a continuum, rather than in separate dimensions.

By Dr Livia Bernardi