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Grand Canyon Conservancy
Astronomer in Residence

Chasing Canyons

Dr. Denton will debut a new solo dance piece, which will reflect the intersection of space travel and the Grand Canyon through our relationships to grand geologic vistas and our desire to explore.

Denise Smaller

Join Astronomer in Residence Dr. Adeene Denton for a solo dance performance, which will reflect on our relationships to grand geologic vistas and our desire to explore. On Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24, Dr. Denton will premiere a new solo dance piece, in collaboration with composer Dr. Divya Persaud, titled "Chasing Canyons," which explores the connections between the geology of the Grand Canyon, canyons found on Mars, and how humans are driven to explore both. The dance will follow the formation and evolution of canyons through time as they intersect with how we, as humans, perceive them. She will follow the piece with a short presentation and Q&A discussing the similarities between the Grand Canyon and canyons on Mars, as well as the ways in which our ideas of how to thoughtfully explore wild spaces have evolved over time.

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Dr. Adeene Denton

Grand Canyon Conservancy welcomes Dr. Adeene Denton as Astronomer in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park from February 8 – 26, 2024. Dr. Denton is a geologist and planetary scientist interested in giant impacts and their influence on the formation and evolution of icy satellites and ocean worlds in our solar system. Adeene is trained as a scientist, historian, and dancer, which informs her scientific and artistic work.