A ‘Catalogue’ of dance

first_imgBetween them, dancers Jill Johnson and Christopher Roman have almost 50 years of work that was created by and with William Forsythe, their choreographer, teacher, mentor, and friend.Johnson, dance director for Theater, Dance & Media and artistic director of the Harvard Dance Project, and Roman, artistic director of the Dance On Ensemble, will perform a culmination of this shared well of knowledge when they present “Catalogue (First Edition)” for the Harvard community on Wednesday in the Widener Library Rotunda. The new Forsythe work, which premiered last fall in Germany, kicks off a two-day celebration of the choreographer and the discipline sponsored by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts.“As one grows as an artist and in life, one’s story is ever more complex,” said Johnson, who is also a senior lecturer in Theater, Dance & Music and the Department of Music and director of the Office for the Arts Dance Program. She described dancing “Catalogue (First Edition)” as “a state of being.”“It leverages this intricacy of cerebral and visceral history in a piece that is curated in real time and never the same twice,” she said.Forsythe created “Catalogue (First Edition),” which is staged without music, for Dance On, Roman’s Berlin-based company of dancers who are over 40 years old. Johnson and Roman start the piece with four simple points on the body (hips and shoulders), and then progress through 21 modalities, which are mapped onto each other in a cumulative system of motion that gains in complexity with each layer.“We had a mini-reunion that fed the piece you’ll see in ‘Catalogue,’” said Roman. “There are common themes, and it all came together at University of Southern California (where Forsythe teaches). It was an environment of inspiration where we interacted with the students as well as him. It was like a small company for me — the youth and energy. We spoke his language. We were taking in all this inspiration. It was living in that stew of one another.”Like many pieces that Forsythe has choreographed, the rigorous creative process for “Catalogue” involved a manifold of iterations that were refined and honed — and sometimes scrapped — before the premiere.“Bill is good at accumulation. We come up with thematics and materials and tasks and dramaturgy, and, nine times out of 10, he throws the structure away the day before the premiere, and starts from scratch.“But the rigor we’ve attended to is already in our body, so when he redesigns, it’s not that we have to practice. It’s embodied material,” Roman said.Sarah E. Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, said presenting that kind of institutional knowledge in a library setting made perfect sense.“Bringing Jill’s dance performance into Widener provides a unique opportunity to engage with the arts and activate library spaces in new and innovative ways,” she said.“This is something we champion at the Dance Center,” Johnson added, “posing the question: What do authorship and publishing look like in dance? To be able to conduct our field research alongside scholars in other practices in Widener is an opportunity to advance the idea that we don’t yet know all there is to know about dance. Dance is not a finished project.”Though the piece is performed in silence, the musicality of motion between dancers who respond to each other in real time provides a kind of score.Johnson and Roman rehearse the silent motions of “Catalogue (First Edition),” which Forsythe has been known to reorganize close to curtain. Photo by Dorothea TuchFollowing the performance, Johnson and Roman will teach a master class in the Harvard Art Museums’ Calderwood Courtyard, allowing for another dynamic partnership.“Together, our historic Calderwood Courtyard, original works of art, performers, and audience all play an active role in the interpretation of innovative dance research,” said Martha Tedeschi, the museums’ Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director. “This will be a unique experience in which the power of artistic expression is quite literally brought to life at the heart of the museums by the dancers.”The public can see “Catalogue (First Edition)” at the Harvard Dance Center on Thursday, followed by a panel discussion that includes Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of History and professor of African and African American Studies; Gigi Luk, associate professor of education at the Graduate School of Education (GSE); Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and professor of African and African American Studies; and Martin Nowak, director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics.Luk, who teaches neuroscience at GSE, has worked with Johnson for years on a course that she teaches on motor development in children.“In my class of adults whose motor skills are fully developed, I can explain that motor control is also learned in three sentences, but I think it’s important for adults to put in the effort to experience learning,” Luk said. “To get them to understand, Jill teaches them a series of movements, made especially for the class, for more than an hour. They often feel frustrated and intimidated. Then we reflect on what motor skills children are expected to learn during preschool, along with other academic expectations. Learning can happen in any context, not just in a classroom.”The panel conversation will be about more than what dance can teach. Starting with a simple question posed to panelists about what they saw in the dance through the lens of their fields of practice, Johnson hopes to bring light to her approach of dance scholarship and choreographic thinking, showing that though dance research may look different than other disciplines, the processes of inquiry are often the same.“You use your best idea or question until you have a better one.”Johnson and Roman will perform “Catalogue (First Edition)” for the Harvard community Wednesday at noon at Widener Library, and for the public on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. A panel discussion following Thursday’s performance will begin at 7:15 p.m. There also will be a movement lab master class for students on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, which the public can observe.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesian companies turn to global bonds as interest rates decline

first_imgIndonesian companies are turning to global bonds to raise funds in order to reduce funding costs amid a downtrend in interest rates in the world’s financial markets.At least seven companies have already issued their global bonds since early January to take advantage of cheaper funds overseas.Property developer Lippo Karawaci and oil and gas company Medco Energi International were among the latest issuers of the global bonds.Lippo Karawci issued on Jan. 15 US dollar denominated bonds with a tenure of five years and a coupon rate of 8.13 percent a year and raised about $325 million. The bonds were oversubscribed four and a half times, the company said.Meanwhile, Medco Energi International said it had just issued global bonds with a tenure of seven years and a coupon rate of 6.37 percent. Medco raised $650 million from the issuance of the global bonds, which were liste… Google Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Linkedin Topics : global-bonds-issuance bond-market interest-rate US-dollar Indonesia companies business funding fund-raisinglast_img read more

Emerging Technologies are Banding Together to Accelerate Big Data’s Growth

first_imgRuben is a blockchain security consultant currently living in New York City. He helps organizations fundamentally redesign experiences to create new sources of value also digitally reinventing company’s operations for greater efficiency. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagecenter_img Reuben Jackson Thanks to the growth of the internet, the rate at which new information is being released is growing exponentially.Accelerating big data between machines.We are in an age when communication is not just between human beings. Machines are now the go-to for connections between the people to people space — as well as machine to machine delivery.IoT and AITechnological advancements in the IoT and AI have brought us Machine to Machine communication where interconnected devices can exchange data and make faster, better decisions based on larger amount of information than were ever available before.Think of a smart vacuum cleaner that knows every corner of your house and can operate itself intelligently. The device even drives itself to the docking station for recharging when its battery is low.Now imagine that the vacuum cleaner can communicate with smart doors in your home to allow it access and lock them after it has finished vacuuming each room. It also knows when its brush head is getting worn out and can order a new one for itself from the best seller it can find online.All this has become possible through AI and IoT.Now, with blockchain joining forces to secure these types of devices, there is no doubt that we are on a highway to a world driven by smart technology.What Does This Mean for Big Data?Smart devices are a vital data source, and therefore their proliferation will automatically lead to the growth of big data.According to IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub, a robust growth of IoT can only mean a deluge of new data in the next few years. A new study by the global research firm, software.org, estimates that there will be over 50 billion interconnected devices within IoT by 2020.Blockchain is beginning to merge with IoT.But what is even more amazing is that blockchain is merging with IoT. Data from these devices is guaranteed to be secure and highly accurate.  This is because the immutable nature of the technology makes it impossible to manipulate or change data presented by IoT devices.It is not very often that you can find a highly reputable big data source who’s benefits to the general population keep growing. This is attracting more usage and consequently boosting data growth.With blockchain security — IoT as a data source becomes self-driving — its benefits far outweigh any flaws. Without this progressive success — the rate of adoption is likely to skyrocket with time as well as the quantity of data it generates.The power of blockchain-based IoT in big data may sound like a faraway dream, but solutions that marry the two are already in place.Blockchain and IoT CombinationsOne such solution is Steamr, a blockchain based project by the Swiss-based Steamr Network AG using IoT for big data. Steamr’s primary objective is to enable the ordinary person to trade data from their IoT devices with each other and with manufacturers.Think: Sharing information.Think of a smart car that can share traffic data with vehicles on other routes. The cars software is notified of the relevant authorities when an accident occurs. These vehicles will also be warned in case of road repairs that can slow the timeframe. The car can also share durability data with manufacturers to help them plan for new brands.Ecosystems can be built where it is possible to share such data and get rewarded in the process. For instance, through the project, smart car owners can also buy relevant data such as traffic updates.Owners and user may be look for best pricing charging points or any other valuable information. The purchased data automatically uploads into the autonomous car systems and initiates the required actions.A project known as IOTW is AnApp Technology. This project is building an ecosystem where data from IoT devices can be pooled and sold with the consent of users to interested parties.Rewarding your customers for their data.When consumers get rewarded for the data they provide you — companies can use this data in endless ways. This information can be used for planning smart cities, updating appliances and can help caters to better fill customer needs.Appliance electricity usage information or any other relevant data is worth collecting. They want to know about IoT appliances and devices.The project of collecting data is for both consumers and industrial IoT companies. Collected data will be beneficial to manufacturers as well as wholesale and retail businesses.As blockchain is becoming part of IoT — there is a high chance that the resulting big data will lead to more innovative IoT solutions. This will in turn generate more high-quality data. This will lead to better decision making in all aspects of life, creating more ease and accessibility for all. Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Carlo Biado makes World 9-Ball Championship quarterfinals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 35-year-old Biado arranged a duel with Lin Wu Kun of Chinese Taipei scheduled on Wednesday, 8 p.m.Lin advanced to the quarters after beating Petri Makkonen of Finland, 11-6, in the Round of 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – Carlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLCarlo Biado, the last Filipino standing in the 2018 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar, is still alive and kicking.Biado, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, bested Wu Jiaqing of China, 11-9, to enter the quarterfinal round.The win kept Biado’s bid for a title repeat going.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more