"Voyager" is a collaboration between Neshamah and Alon Ilsar. "Voyager" is influenced by Carl Sagan's book "Cosmos" and performs the narrative of NASA's Voyager I & II .


JUNE 2ND, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Neshamah will be performing an excerpt from our show Voyager in an ePlanetarium on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as part of NASA's 8th Annual Astronomy Festival. The festival will take place on June 2nd from 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM beneath the Washington Monument. This is a FREE event.


Check out our montage from our performance on January 20th, 2017 at the Kraine Theater.

Why is a Conversation Between Science and Performance Important?

"What I think has contributed to the increasing rift between science and art in academia is a widespread and profound misunderstanding that the two cannot be related. Then there is the added tendency these days for scholars to be hyper-focused on their field of research. This is, quite frankly, a recipe for disaster!

It is also the exact opposite of what philosophers, researchers, and other scholars have advocated in the past. In fact, many of science's most accomplished researchers, such as Albert Einstein, have had a keen interest in or have been inspired by the arts. Yet, it is heartening to see that there is a growing number of musicians and dancers who have turned to science to enhance their understanding of art in recent years. For example, the multiple memory systems in neuroscience is a great way to reexamine the recollection and execution of choreographed movements.

As for me, I became a professional dancer only after formally studying and doing research in neuroscience. I don't view the leap from science to performance as huge or random, and it was my father (an accomplished organic chemist) who made me realize that they are very similar. Both require years of often fruitless toil before a breakthrough is made, and "making it" is never a guarantee! Research and development for both are largely supported through private and federal funding.

Ultimately, science has deeply informed my practices as a performer, and having a scientific approach to my art has never hindered me. Instead, it grounds my "crazy" ideas for pieces in logic through systematic inquiry and incisive examination of minute details. But having a mind that is also artistically inclined allows me to zoom back out see "the bigger picture" of what I've created."

Kiran Rajagopalan

Behavioral Neuroscientist and Classical Indian Dancer