BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSONCOMMUNITY EDITOR
Retired surgeon Dr. Dennis Law knows no boundaries when it comes to creativity. After a four performance run of his Ms Butterfly at the Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver (DU) campus (covered extensively in The Villager) and the Denver International Festival of Arts & Technology (DIFAT) sponsored by the Joseph & Loretta Law Institute of Arts and Technology at the University of Denver, Dr. Law presented a Symposium as a finale. The third element of the festival was honoring those who received The Denny Awards for International Competition for Electro-Acoustic Music that lasted from July 28-31. Ms Butterfly was the futuristic electro-acoustic adaption of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and much of the behind the scenes production was shared at the Symposium held in Hamilton Hall at the Newman Center.
Dr. Law also has a talent for “gathering” people and being a catalyst in the community. He helped the audience discover what technology can do and what people can do with technology. Who knew about laptop orchestras? Think laptopera! What do we do with artificial intelligence and robots? How does technology creating music benefit health and wellness – therapeutic instruments for those with Down syndrome and others with neurological deficits? Dr. Law mentioned that the mission statement of the Joseph and Loretta Law Institute of Arts and Technology includes a multicultural component. He discovered a street dancer in LA who performed a robotic/popping/animation dance with electro-acoustic music. In a community church in Aurora, he discovered a Congolese choir who performed on stage accompanied by futuristic electro-acoustic music. He brought in Guan Haisen from China to present New Technologies for Antique Appraisals. Haisen has written 100 essays on assessment of Chinese art. Four valuable high school interns received their recognition certificates on stage.
The keynote speaker, after a light supper catered by a favorite downtown restaurant Uncle Joe’s (named after the late Joseph Law), Dr. Ge Wang, a professor of Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, presented a fun and enlightening speech on “The Future of Arts & Technology.” Dr. Wang also encouraged purchase of his book, ARTFUL DESIGN, a comic book for the engineer with an artful soul. “Good design enables us,” he said. Great design understands us.” Ms Butterfly was the first of Dr. Law’s action musicals. He also has Terra Cotta Warriors in 3D and Ode to Nature to his credit.
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