Rules are made to be broken ...

Does a past encounter haunt you?  Quantum Entanglement is a fascinating and mysterious physical phenomenon that defies the rules of locality and realism that have defined physics for centuries.  Albert Einstein and his colleagues first published their theoretical discovery of this bizarre singularity through their work in quantum mechanics in 1935.  However, as it was inexplicable within the current ideology, they called it “spooky action at a distance”.  Einstein concluded that either it didn’t really exist, or that the current description of quantum mechanics was incomplete and didn’t account for it.  In 2015, quantum entanglement was finally experimentally demonstrated.  So entanglement is real, but the “why” and “how” of it continues to be a mystery.  Some physicists believe understanding entanglement is the key to unlocking a deeper theory to explain the universe.

I have long been fascinated with the outcropping of a single concept in different areas of our life.  There are some ideas in our world that seem to exist on vastly different scales and in very different contexts (like quantum physics and relationships), and yet at the heart of it are exactly the same.  Like fractals – shapes that on closer look are composed entirely of smaller versions of the same shape – these ideas seem to beg us to discover a deeper truth.

In this work, the dancer is at once a metaphysical idea and a thinking, feeling human.  Within this duality the dancers embody cause and effect, synchronicity, and effect at a distance, as they traverse the fragile territory of their relationship.


The creation and production of this work was generously supported by:



Phin is Company in Residence at Halifax Dance


Choreography:  Lisa Phinney Langley in collaboration with Andrew Turner and Gillian Seaward-Boone
Dancers: Gillian Seaward-Boone and Andrew Turner
Original Music Composition and Sound Design: Brian Riley
With additional music selections by Elvis Presley and Sheila Cole
Lighting and Projection Design: Bob Daly
Costumes: Elise Chase-Sinclair
Technical Direction and Stage Management: Marcel Boulet

Photography: Scott Munn
Videography: Jeff Wheaton
Video Editing: Carrie MacKenzie-Long