Theory of Flight

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Friday, Apr 7 - Saturday, Apr 8
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, Roser ATLAS Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Event Details



Admission is free, but seating is limited
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Friday, April 7 – 7:30pm 
Saturday, April 8 – 7:30pm


Research meets fantasy in Theory of Flight, a performance by Anna Lindemann, a composer and artist trained in evolutionary and developmental biology. In a twist on the ancient myth of Icarus, a lecturing scientist reveals she’s been growing her own wings using avian genes. Animated chalkboard diagrams convey the molecular biology, while vocal music and animated silhouettes advance the plot, about the risks and rewards of pursuing impossible research.

Theory of Flight features Lucy Fitz Gibbon, noted for her clear voice (Mittelbayerische Zeitung) and endearing stage presence (The New York Times), as the Bird Spirit, and Anna Lindemann as scientist Alida Kear. The music, animation, and story are created by Anna Lindemann. The performance is directed by Kristen Demaree.

Performance run time is 50 minutes with a talkback following the show.

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Anna Lindemann (story, music, animation, performance) is devoted to integrating art and science. Her work combines animation, music, video, and performance to explore the emerging field of Evo Devo (Evolutionary Developmental Biology). She graduated magna cum laude with honors from Yale with a BS in Biology and received an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she was awarded the DeWitt Wallace Fellowship, the Ellis and Karin Chingos Graduate Fellowship, and the Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Digital Media and Design Department at the University of Connecticut.

Lucy Fitz Gibbon (soprano, Bird Spirit), noted for her “dazzling, virtuoso singing” (Boston Globe), is a dynamic musician whose repertoire spans the Renaissance to the present. Outside of longstanding collaborations with Anna Lindemann, Lucy has given modern premieres of important Italian Baroque works, and has worked closely with many other composers including John Harbison, Maria Schneider, and Pauline Oliveros. Recent performances include appearances with the Albany Symphony, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and American Symphony Orchestra in her Carnegie Hall debut. For more information, see

Kristen Demaree (director) earned an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Growing up in Boulder, she trained with her mother Barbara Demaree at Ballet Arts Boulder, as well as being part of the faculty. Kristen teaches ballet and folk dancing, and is also a musician specializing in Scandinavian folk fiddle. She also co-directs a local dance company “Delusions of Grandeur Productions” in order to support and promote collaboration between local artists in the Colorado front-range community.