Darwinian theatrics

This sounds fun: a music theatre production illustrating Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Based on Haydn’s The Creation, Darwin’s Dream
imagines the founder of evolution meeting modern children and
challenging them to explore how his theory has advanced since his
death in 1882. Their quest takes them from the oceans where life is
believed to have begun, to Africa to meet a fossil hunter looking
for evidence of the earliest humans.

It’s also got a dance about DNA. Unfortunately, it’s in London…let’s at least have some of the music put on the web!


  1. #1 Kristine
    February 27, 2006

    All the fun stuff is in London!

    Richard Dawkins is giving a lecture on “The Selfish Gene; 30 Years On” in a few weeks. In London. Rats.

  2. #2 Pete K
    February 27, 2006

    Science meets the arts again. How much more poetry in 4 billion years’ history than in 6000 or so. Dawkins mentioned this idea in “Unweaving the Rainbow”.

    Science hardly gets a look-in, in music – even Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” suite was based on the planets’ astrological assosiciations!

  3. #3 Mnemosyne
    February 27, 2006

    Reminds me of the “Bolero” sequence in Bruno Bozetto’s animated film,Allegro non troppo. Neat little movie, though the sequence with the abandoned cat broke my heart.

  4. #4 SEF
    February 27, 2006

    Science hardly gets a look-in, in music

    What about Monty Python’s Galaxy Song (from The Meaning Of Life). Or the recent silly season news item of someone complaining the lyrics to another song weren’t accurate enough. Saint-Saens’ inclusion of Fossiles in his Le Carnaval Des Animaux was quite fun.

  5. #5 Greg
    February 27, 2006

    I rather enjoy They Might be Giants’ song “The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas”, also commonly labeled as “Why Does the Sun Shine?”

  6. #6 Sean Foley
    February 27, 2006

    It’s also got a dance about DNA.

    Please please please not the Translation Jive Sutra. Please.

  7. #7 PZ Myers
    February 27, 2006

    Well, it is England, so I’m kind of hoping for something with jaunty fieldhands wearing bells and waving hankies.

  8. #8 Mez
    February 28, 2006

    Fieldhands dressed in 4 different colour costumes, one of each pair holding each end of the neckerchief/bond, only the two colour combinations of each, dancing in many interweaving lines & circles, eventually forming a kind of representation of the twin helices?

  9. #9 Keith Douglas
    February 28, 2006

    There are other science songs. Here’s one of my favourites: The Elements– here animated in Flash, too. And Carl Djerassi has written some plays about science – not to mention Brecht’s play about Galileo!

  10. #10 Nullifidian
    March 1, 2006

    I’ve penned a full-length parody of The Mikado about evolutionary biology–and let me tell you: writing “I’ve Got a Little List” was very fun! *grin*

    I saw Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffman’s play Oxygen when it was given its world premiere in San Diego. It was quite excellent.

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