Dressed in black and sporting a face masks, the dancer leaps and pirouettes throughout Budapest’s abandoned central Heroes Square – to the strains of a melody that mirrors the molecular construction of the Corona Virus.
To mark World Dance Day, Zsolt Vencel Kovacs was performing his interpretation of a part of the composition created this month by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists.
“For me this music brings melancholy, its monotony provides me stress and as the music progresses it turns into extra rhythmical and aggressive and at the finish it calms down. It impressed me,” the 21-year-old informed Reuters.
The MIT workforce used a pc to remodel a mannequin of the construction of SARS-CoV-2 – as the virus that causes COVID-19 is understood – into interwoven melodies, assigning a special be aware to every of the protein’s amino acids.
A dancer with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet, Kovacs needed to return residence when Europe’s borders went into lockdown, catching the final flight again to Budapest for Hungarian residents.
Now he practices at residence and works in a bakery, hoping to return to Lithuania as soon as the restrictions ease.
Meanwhile, he’s difficult different choreographers to carry out their very own interpretations of the “COVID melody” at different well-known places, showcasing their magnificence to future guests.
“The intention is to make squares and websites which have emptied due to the Corona Virus, fashionable. At the second, even the statues really feel lonely,” he mentioned.
“So that when this epidemic is over, these squares might be stuffed with folks once more,” he added.
The full composition runs for almost 1 hour and 50 minutes.