Swarm Dance: The AI Silent Disco

Woman and girl dancing

Event schedule details

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June

13.00-13.50, 14.30-15.20, 16.00-16.50

Event location details

Great Hall, Sherfield Building, Imperial College London

Cars create traffic flows, birds flock in mesmerising murmuration, and in the future, groups of collaborative mini-robots operating as a single artifical intelligence could help map, monitor, build, repair, clean, grow, and transport parts of our world (or explore new ones).

In each of these examples, individuals follow simple rules, which result in more complicated, collective behaviours and structures. We call this emergence - and perhaps there is no more emergent phenomena than dance!

At the Great Exhibition Road Festival, experts on emergent behaviour from the worlds of AI, physics and mathematics join forces with professional dancers to bring you the world’s most (artificially) intelligent silent disco where we'll explore emergence through movement together.

Swarm Dance has been created by artist Geraldine Cox, physicists and computer scientists from Imperial College London, and dance artist and teacher Emma Bellerby.

This event is suitable for ages 5+ with no dance experience or ability required. Workshops will run 13.00-13.50, 14.30-15.20 and 16.00-16.50 each day of the Festival

Visitor information

This is a drop in event that is most suitable for ages 5+. The event has step-free access.

To attend the Festival, please make sure to register for free. Registering is the only way to receive the latest Festival updates, a first look at the programme, and opportunities to book free tickets for popular events.


Event categories

  • Adults
  • Family (ages 5+)
  • Young People (13-25)
  • Workshop
Woman and girl dancing