The Palo Alto dance (1) troupe "Hysteresis!" will be performing at the Mount Chipotle Regional library at 7 pm on Monday, February 15th. The show aims to interpret the native heritage of the Mount Chipotle region through modern dance. Tickets cost $15 at the door.
"We show the tension between multiple attractors that the native society experienced when the Europeans arrived in the Mount Chipotle Valley. The native populations had to chose between their peaceful, mathematically enlightened society or enslavement and eventual death by smallpox (2). The natives stuck with tradition for years until continued exotic disease outbreaks reduced their resliance leading to a rapid change in the structure of their society (3)" troupe leader Jon Frum said. "Our dance shows the struggle of the Native people rebuild their great society, a struggle that removing the European influence alone couldn't solve."
The troupe spent months rehearsing their routine. "It's difficult to simulate (4) this complex story" Frum said. "There isn't necessarily an explicit solution."
All proceeds from the show will benefit the Mount Chipotle National Research Observatory's educational outreach program.