In 2013, Hanson’s son Henry offered his brother, Linus, a quick calculus lesson; the sheet of paper that was left behind is where 28 problems originates. A transcoding of these problems, the dance is composed largely of kinesthetic symbols—movement “glyphs” that correspond to the signs that appear on the sheet.
28 problems was created in part during a 2015 bst residency at University of Washington Dance Program, as well as in creative residencies at Abrons Arts Center, Base and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. 28 problems premiered in Oct. 2016 at Base in October 2016 as part of 9e2.
A visual side-piece of the dance, the 28 problems GLYPH GIFs represent selected movement vocabulary. Front and back views of the glyphs allow the viewer to learn some of the moves from 28 problems; drag-and-drop functionality gives the viewer the chance to make new mathematical expressions and choreography.
28 problems (2016)
By Dayna Hanson
with Jim Fletcher, Madison Haines, Dayna Hanson and Julia Sloane
Choreographer/Director: Dayna Hanson
Lighting: Dave Proscia
Rehearsal Consultant: Peggy Piacenza
Production Stage Manager: Becca Blackwell
Production Coordinator: Allison Burke
Production Assistants: Madison Haines and Julia Sloane
Web Development: Devin Crandall
Special thanks to Heather Kravas, Henry Mumford and Linus Mumford
Presented by 9e2 Seattle and created with support from 4Culture, 9e2, Abrons Arts Center, Base, Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Glenn Kawasaki, Office of Arts & Culture, John C. Robinson, Carlo & Lalie Scandiuzzi, University of Washington Dance Program, Case VanRij and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.