A woman wearing beige shorts and tank top stands alone in the spotlight, her left arm raised above her head as she looks towards her palm. Above her looms an amorphous blue image.
Step the Brain Along a Path
Ballet and the Neuroethics Grand Challenge


General: $10.00
Public: $10.00
Student: $5.00
Faculty / Staff: $10.00


Fri, Sep 9, 2022 - Sun, Sep 11, 2022

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    • Friday, Sep 9, 2022, 8 - 9:30pm
    • Sunday, Sep 11, 2022, 3 - 4:30pm

Event Details

Enjoy the world premiere of a ballet made in creative collaboration between a renowned choreographer, esteemed research scientists, and celebrated artists.

In what Georgia Tech Arts and Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre (TMBT) have dubbed the Neuroethics Grand Challenge, the two companies along with acclaimed choreographer Troy Schumacher and internationally revered new media artist Sergio Mora-Diaz explore neuroscience and the ethics of intervention with AI and other technologies.

Our brain is the path to human experience. Interacting with the adaptive brain has the potential to challenge our self-understanding, arguably more than any other scientific discipline. The collaborative partnership between Georgia Tech, Emory University, and TMBT brings you to the intersection of neuroscience, technology, and ethics in a new work animated by the dancers’ exquisite artistry.

The artists’ collaborative partnership extends to a team of researchers led by Christopher Rozell, professor in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Karen Rommelfanger, president and founder of the Institute of Neuroethics. Other faculty who engaged with the artists by discussing their research include: Chethan Pandarinath, assistant professor, Annabelle Singer, assistant professor, Garrett Stanley, professor, and Lena Ting, professor, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University; and Doby Rahnev, associate professor in the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech.

Learn more about the Georgia Tech scientists involved in this project.

Commissioned in part with support from the Charles Loridans Foundation.


Ferst Center for the Arts
Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre

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Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre was founded in 2017 by five principal dance artists, who struck out to create their own unique vision of dance. By bringing together the classical and contemporary dance forms and strengths of each of its principal artists, the company has become celebrated for the creation of daring and theatrical dance works. Through performance and contemporary storytelling,…

Troy Schumacher

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Troy Schumacher is an American choreographer, dancer, and director living in New York, NY. His athletic aesthetic draws upon the artists he collaborates with to produce fresh, unexpected results. He is a soloist dancer with New York City Ballet and the founder and Artistic Director of BalletCollective. He has been dubbed a “visionary artist” by T Magazine and is “one of his generation’s most…