“Dancing with the Future” is the latest IIASA production that pushes the boundaries of art and science, fusing dance, evolutionary dynamics, and an interactive game. The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) of Harvard University, USA, are collaborating on this interdisciplinary project.
“Dancing with the Future” will premiere at Harvard University’s Farkas Hall on 25 September 2018 and will subsequently be presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Development, during the United Nations General Assembly, on 27 September in New York. The New York performance will be live streamed and is generously supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.
In this production, five dancers and two scientists explore the mechanisms of cooperation and investigate a question that is at the heart of all sustainable development, yet remains widely elusive because it entails a moral component that cannot easily be assessed: are humans able to cooperate with future generations? In other words, what kind of planet are we willing to leave behind for the people who come after us?
Tickets for the premiere can be purchased through the Harvard Box Office.
Gloria Benedikt was born in Austria and trained at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School and English National Ballet School (London). Since 2002 she has worked as a dancer and choreographer across Europe and the USA. A graduate of Harvard University (2013), she is particularly interested in connecting art and science, thus defining her dance pieces as choreographed papers and in creating artistically innovative, impact-driven arts projects that link the humanities and sciences to solve global challenges.
Hannah Kickert was born in Austria and trained at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School for nine years. Immediately after graduating with honors (2014) she started working as a corps de ballet member at the Vienna State Opera. Over the course of three years dancing at the well renown ballet company, she had the chance to participate in various choreographies of Nurejew, Balanchine, Robbins, Ekman, etc..
Piotr Magnuszewski works on the question of what makes things complex and how to understand and manage this complexity. He has been working for decades as a systems modeler, game designer, professional trainer, facilitator and researcher to provide tools for people in all sectors to make better policies and decisions about the society and environment.
Mimmo Miccolis, born in Italy, is a contemporary teacher and choreographer at The Washington Ballet. He was the winner of the “Outstanding Choreographer Award” at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) Finals 2015 in New York City and at the Indianapolis International Ballet Competition 2017.
Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Mathematics and of Biology at Harvard University and Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes, including evolution of cooperation and human language, as well as dynamics of virus infections and human cancer.
Henoch Spinola, a native of Cape Verde Islands, began his classical training with Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, graduating from the Young Dancers Program in 2006 to become a full company member 2007. After leaving JMBT, Henoch began working with Prometheus Dance from 2011–2012, along with other dance companies local to Boston.
Jessie Jeanne Stinnett holds a BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Pathway from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, in conjunction with Independent Dance/Siobhan Davies Dance. She has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Tate Britain, Prometheus Dance, Anna Myer and Dancers, Rebecca Rice, The Boston Baroque Opera, Bard College’s SummerScape Festival, and Boston Dance Theater; most notably in works by Itzik Galili, Pablo Bronstein, Marjorie Folkman, Sidra Bell, and Gigi Caciuleanu.