2016 Performances

The Neutrino Passoire


Sunday, 20 March 2016


16.30 - 17.30


Bramall, Dome



The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the “discovery of neutrino oscillations”, recognising key contributions to experiments which demonstrated that neutrinos – the elusive particles in the Universe – change identities. This discovery changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter!

The peculiar behaviour of the omni-present neutrino, which passes through normal matter, the earth and our bodies, rarely interacting with them, is the insp-iration for a new collaboration between University of Birmingham particle physicists and contemporary dancers Mairi Pardalaki and Fanny Travaglino.

The dancers will use the image of a colander (‘passoire’ in French) as a metaphor for the human body, through which neutrinos pass without realisation or memory of the event itself.
Presented by the Particle Physics Group