In this optimistic view of mechanisation for TEDx Brighton (2011), I revealed some surprising connections between two types of dance music which flourished two centuries apart. Both were created by people were working to the relentless beat of factory machines.
This talk uses some of my original research for the Science Museum, London, as well as the results of a collaborative project with performer and theatre historian Caroline Radcliffe. It was a response to the theme of the conference: Reasons to be Cheerful.
Read some background notes on this dance, including references to peer-reviewed publications.