Bizarre ‘Dance Of Destruction’ Performed At CERN Ahead Of Launch

An “operatic sci-fi” dance performance has been filmed at CERN for a film project which shows a group of dancers performing the Shiva “Dance of Destruction” around the Large Hadron Collider.

According to the official website, Symmetry, the finished film will portray:

A CERN physicist, hard at work using the LHC to search for the smallest particle in existence , when a ghostly woman played by soprano Claron McFadden appears, asking him if he loves the particle more than he loves himself, and, if he could, would he become one with the particle.

As Lukas increasingly tries to focus on his work, Claron’s message becomes more insistent, as she carries him through time in search of answers — tearing him away from the timelessness of physics and pointing him towards the timelessness of love and music.

However, as can be seen in the promotional video below the dancers are performing a ritualistic like dance, similar in style to the Shiva Dance (or Dance of Destruction), just one week ahead of the firing up of the particle accelerator next week.

This article was originally published in 2015 and is frequently updated