28 problems is a new dance by Dayna Hanson based on a discarded sheet of hand-written calculus problems, and integrating animated gifs and robotically moving chairs. Performed by Hanson and Jim Fletcher (Gatz, Devotion) with two supporting dancers, 28 problems is an effort to transfer content from one set of signs, mathematics, into another set of signs, dance. But 28 problems is less a dance about math than an investigation into what an act of translation can communicate when the translator speaks only the target language and not the source language. Can translational gaps hold interest in and of themselves?
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