Ruben van Leer (Naarden, 1984) studied editorial design at the Sandberg Institute MFA , did a Master’s in film at the NFTA, and one semester advanced filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Every year Arts@CERN selects up to 12 artists, dancers, writers, musicians and designers keen to learn about our work and the people behind the science as well as the workings of this great international science laboratory. We help them develop new projects, and often the artists return to make the projects happen. This is the case with Symmetry, created by Visiting Artist Ruben Van Leer - the dance-opera film shot at CERN, which features one of the world's leading sopranos, Claron McFadden and the Nederlands Dans Teater dancer Lukacs Timulak.
Symmetry is a dance & opera film, in which Cern researcher Lukas is thrown off balance, while working on the theory of everything and the smallest particle. Through Claron’s singing he rediscovers love, in an endless landscape. She takes him back to the moment before the big bang, when time didn’t exist; a love with no end... * the film plays in the actual large hadron collider at CERN. www.symmetrymovie.com
The Dancers reharsing for shooting in ALICE - One of the LHC's experiments - Photo by Julian CALO