Thursday, October 23, 2014

Week 10 Announcements: October 27-31

NEWS + UPDATES

GRAD DAY is this Monday, October 27! See what the MFAs and PhDs are up to this semester, beginning with the PhD Research Forum at 12:30pm in room 220, featuring presentations by Ron Altman, Kelly Klein, and Kimberly Wilczak. Then, come see work by Second Year MFAs Quilan Arnold, Kristina D'Onofrio, Jessica Cavendar, Rachel Freeburg, Sarah Levitt, and Brandon Whited in the Second Year Show at 7pm in the Barnett Theater. The performance will be followed by a Q & A led by Dr. Veronica Dittman-Stanich. You must reserve tickets to attend the show by emailing secondyearmfas@gmail.com.

GRAD NEWS

Hayes Graduate Research Forum applications are open! Applications accepted until November 14 for the forum on February 20, 2015.

Job postings: Oberlin CollegeUniversity of WashingtonUniversity of BuffaloUniversity of Southern CaliforniaTufts UniversityDenison UniversitySUNY BrockportSonoma State University; University of North Carolina: Charlotte,

Jacob's Pillow has a number of positions open.

UNDERGRAD NEWS

Edward S. "Beanie" Drake Scholarship: Established in 1950, the purpose of the “Beanie” Drake Scholarship is to provide funds to enable deserving students to participate in campus activities when need might otherwise make it difficult or impossible for them to do so. Applications are due December 10. More information.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts-Community Outreach Grant is open for educational and outreach projects connecting the visual and performing arts at The Ohio State University with the Columbus community. Applications are due Monday, December 15. More information here.

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program provides one-year research fellowships to the best and brightest OSU undergraduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So, no matter what the field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields like engineering, history and business, all OSU undergraduate students may apply. More information here.

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART

PhD Research Forum: October 27 at 12:30pm in room 220. Undergrads, grads, faculty and staff are invited to attend this semester's PhD research forum. Ron Altman, Kelly Klein, and Kimberly Wilczak will present; Alex Harlig will moderate.

Dr. Kosstrin will lead a Table Talk on October 27 from 4:00-5:00pm for the Jewish Studies Student Association called “Jewish Dance: More than the Hora!” in the University Hall Museum (first floor of University Hall). This is a series sponsored by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies. Each month, a different faculty member leads an informal discussion on a topic related to their work. It is open to all.

Curated Conversation at the Pizzuti Collection: October 27, 6:00pm at 632 N. Park Street. OSU professors Hannah Kosstrin and Robin Judd discuss two films by Ori Gersht with Pizzuti Collection Director Rebecca Ibel and Assistant Curator Greer Pagano, including Will You Dance for Me featuring Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company founder Yehudit Arnon. Admission to the Pizzuti Collection is free with student ID. More information.

Out-of-town: Hubbard Street Studio Series.

SEE ART

2nd Year Show features works by second-year MFA students. October 27, 7pm. The performance will be immediately followed by a talkback led by Dr. Veronica Dittman-Stanich. Space is limited: email secondyearmfas@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

SightLines, a site-specific performance by Third Year MFA Rachel Barker will be performed on Wednesday, October 29th at 12:15 and 12:30pm. Dancers will perform a site-specific work under the white scaffolding structure at the Wexner building. Don't miss it! (Rain date: Friday, October 31st at 12:15 pm).

ZviDance performs in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Arts Center from October 31-November 1. Tickets and information.

XClaim Dance Company presents Blue November 7-9 and 13-16 at Columbus Dance Theatre's Fisher Theater. More information.

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES

UCLA World Arts & Cultures/Dance Department is now accepting applications for its MA, MFA and PhD programs. Applications are due November 1.

Call for Proposals: Second International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance Education from July 15-19, 2015 at Dean College. Proposals are due December 10. More information.

American Dance Festival Winter Intensive applications are now available! This year, you can choose to study for ten days in New York City or five days in Pasadena, California. Register before October 20 and the $20 application fee will be waived.

Diavolo Dance Company is holding auditions for male and female touring company members for the 2014-2015 season on December 13 in LA.

Call for Submissions: OhioDance's 2015 Spring Festival seeks submissions for the evening performance on April 25. Deadline is December 5. More information.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

This week's shout-out goes to YOU--because you made it through Week 9 and are ready to roll right into Week 10! Choose your award.

E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

First Year MFA John Luna's e-portfolio Ludic Inclination features his writing, videos, and game design prototypes. 




FINAL WORD

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.”
--Octavia Butler

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Week 9 Announcements: October 20-24

NEWS + UPDATES

PRE-SALE for Dance Downtown Tickets begins this week! The OSU Theatre Box Office will be in the Dance Office on Tuesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 23rd from 12-1pm. Faculty/staff/students may pick up comps and purchase additional tickets. Student tickets are $16.50, general public tickets are $21.50.

Mark your calendars: Aakash Odedra will teach a master class on Friday, October 24 in 390. Sign-up sheet will go up in the Green Room on Monday, October 20. Please note: Odedra's contemporary class, influenced by Kathak, is very physically demanding.

OSU Dance is hiring a new, tenure-track Assistant Professor with an emphasis in studio practice and composition and a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor, both for Autumn 2015.  Please spread the word and send on the job descriptions to your contacts.

GRAD NEWS

Hayes Graduate Research Forum applications are open! Applications accepted until November 14 for the forum on February 20, 2015.

Job postings: Oberlin College; University of Washington; University of Buffalo; University of Southern California; Tufts University; Denison University; SUNY Brockport; Sonoma State University

Jacob's Pillow has a number of positions open.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts-Community Outreach Grant is open for educational and outreach projects connecting the visual and performing arts at The Ohio State University with the Columbus community. Applications are due Monday, December 15. More information here.

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program provides one-year research fellowships to the best and brightest OSU undergraduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So, no matter what the field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields like engineering, history and business, all OSU undergraduate students may apply. More information here.

PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE

The Department of Dance is very fortunate to offer its dancers injury prevention and care strategies through the Program for Performing Arts Medicine. This week, physical Therapist Mariah Nierman offers some tips for rolling out:

Myofascial release is different from stretching. Stretching acts to actually lengthen the muscle itself so that it can contract and relax through a larger arc of motion. Myofascial release “un-sticks” the different layers of fascia that wrap your muscles and form a fibrous network throughout your body; it does not actually “stretch” the muscle. When you perform myofascial release, the fascia that wraps the muscles is loosened and released so the muscles can slide and glide past each other and work efficiently to move your body so you can dance the combinations and choreography necessary and get more benefit from your stretching.

Here are three exercises PAM most frequently recommends for myofascial release:

IT Band: Lie on your side with the foam roller along the outer thigh. Use your arm and opposite leg to support your body weight. Roll gently up and down your outer thigh over the IT band for 2-3 minutes. Make sure you reach the entire length of the thigh.



Gastroc & Soleus: Place tennis ball under calf muscle. Use your arms and opposite leg to support your body weight and roll up and down over the tennis ball. Make sure you reach all parts of the muscle, top/bottom, in/out, but avoid the Achilles tendon. Perform for 2-3 minutes each leg.



Glutes & Rotators: Place body release ball or tennis ball under one side of your buttock, support your weight on your hands or elbows. Again, be sure to reach all parts of the muscle(s), top/bottom, side to side, rotate the leg on the side you are rolling out to find & feel the deep rotators moving under the ball’s pressure. Perform for 2-3 minutes each side.


For more information about PAM, please visit their website.

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART

October 21, 5:30-7pm: Temple University is live streaming a monthly Dance Studies Colloquium lecture series this semester. Come join in attending this lecture together in the Media Lab (343) and get a sense for the field’s current scholars and their work. Up next: Alessandra Nicifero presents "Questioning/Choreographing: The Use of Interviews in Bill T. Jones’s and Rachid Ouramdane’s Performances."

October 21, 4:30-5:45: The Barnett Center hosts "Conversation with Jerry Lewis." The acclaimed comedian will discuss the business of being in the arts. Register here.

October 24, 10:20-12pm: Masterclass with Aakash Odedra in 390.

October 24, 7-9pm and October 25, 11-1pm: Master class with Antonio Brown at Verb Ballet in Cleveland. More information.

Ongoing: If you're in Chicago this fall, plan to take a master class at Hubbard Street as part of their Hubbard Street Studio Series.

SEE ART

Talija Serbian Folk Dance at the Capital University Mees Auditorium. October 21, 7-9pm. More information.

Akasha Odedra in "Rising." Photo by Chris Nash.
Rising by Aakash Odedra at the black box on Mershon Stage, October 23-26, 8pm. Tickets + information.

2nd Year Show features works by second-year MFA students. October 27, 7pm. The performance will be immediately followed by a talkback led by Dr. Veronica Dittman-Stanich. Space is limited: email secondyearmfas@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

Site-specific performance by Rachel Barker on Wednesday, October  29th at 12:15 and 12:30pm. Dancers will perform a site-specific work choreographed by Third Year MFA candidate Rachel Barker under the white scaffolding structure at the Wexner building. Don't miss it! (Rain date: Friday, October 31st at 12:15 pm).

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Call for Proposals: Second International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance Education from July 15-19, 2015 at Dean College. Proposals are due December 10. More information.

Hip-hop teacher needed on Monday nights from 5:30-8:30pm at a studio in Marysville. Classes are 45 minutes each and the pay is $15 per 45 minute class. Email Meg Benish for more information.

BeMoved Dance Instructor Training: Learn how to teach this dance fitness methodology during an instructors' workshop in Chicago on November 8-9. More information.

American Dance Festival Winter Intensive applications are now available! This year, you can choose to study for ten days in New York City or five days in Pasadena, California. Register before October 20 and the $20 application fee will be waived.

Diavolo Dance Company is holding auditions for male and female touring company members for the 2014-2015 season on December 13 in LA.

Call for Submissions: OhioDance's 2015 Spring Festival seeks submissions for the evening performance on April 25. Deadline is December 5. More information.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

Professor Brown is being awarded the Emerging Artist Award by University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Board of Governors. He will accept the award at a ceremony in Ann Arbor on October 31, and will conduct master classes on campus on the 30th. Congratulations!

A big thank you to all of the undergrads who helped out with undergrad auditions last weekend: Dana Schafer, Cailin Manning, Dani Kfoury, Amanda Stricko, Sheila Zeng, Chloe Napoletano, Asha Whitfield, Mary Chase Pierson, Tess Gilbert, Erin Evans, Caroline Haidet, Emily Gaffga, Shannon Drake, Daniel Diller, Charlotte Stickles, Lilly Kane, and demonstrators Tim Bendernagel, Mimi Lamantia, and Gabby Gomez.


E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

Check out Victoria Alesi's e-portfolio this week! Her most recent post features her dance research in Barcelona, Spain.

Matt Bowman and Tess Gilbert dance "Perfectly Square"
choreographed by Victoria Alesi. 

FINAL WORD

"If a dancer dances--which is not the same as having theories about dancing or wishing to dance or trying to dance or remembering in his body someone else's dance--but if the dancer dances, everything is there...our ecstasy in dance comes from the possible gift of freedom, the exhilarating moment that this exposing of the bare energy can give us. What is meant is not license, but freedom..."
--Merce Cunningham, 1952

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Week 8 Announcements: October 13-17

NEWS + UPDATES

PRE-SALE for Dance Downtown Tickets begins the week of October 21st! The OSU Theatre Box Office will be in the Dance Office on Tuesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 23rd from 12-1pm. Faculty/staff/students may pick up comps and purchase additional tickets. Student tickets are $16.50, general public tickets are $21.50.

Winter Concert + ACDA adjudication is Saturday, October 18th beginning at 9am. Three pieces will be selected for ACDA: two for the formal concert, and one for the informal concert. ACDA will be held at Ohio University in Athens, OH from February 28-March 2, 2015. Sign-up sheet is up in the Green Room.

Mark your calendars: Aakash Odedra will teach a master class on Friday, October 24. Sign-up sheet will go up in the Green Room on Monday, October 20.

OSU Dance is hiring a new, tenure-track Assistant Professor with an emphasis in studio practice and composition and a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor, both for Autumn 2015.  Please spread the word and send on the job descriptions to your contacts.

GRAD NEWS

2nd Year Updates: 
  • Program information is due to Sarah and tech questionnaire due to Carrie on Monday, October 13 by 5pm; music due to Elijah on Friday, October 17 at 5pm
  • Revised MFA Project proposals and committee member suggestions are due on Carmen on Wednesday, October 15.
Hayes Graduate Research Forum applications are open! Applications accepted until November 14 for the forum on February 20, 2015.

Job postings: Oberlin College seeks an Assistant Professor of Dance; Washington University in St. Louis seeks an Assistant Professor of Dance; University of Buffalo is hiring an Assistant Professor of Dance Studies; University of Southern California is looking for an Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance; Tufts University is hiring a full-time lecturer in dance; Denison is hiring a Visiting Assistant Professor; SUNY Brockport is hiring an Assistant Professor.

Jacob's Pillow has a number of positions open.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts-Community Outreach Grant is open for educational and outreach projects connecting the visual and performing arts at The Ohio State University with the Columbus community. Applications are due Monday, December 15. More information here.

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program provides one-year research fellowships to the best and brightest OSU undergraduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So, no matter what the field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields like engineering, history and business, all OSU undergraduate students may apply. More information here.

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART

A scene from Globe Trot
October 13, 12:30pm: Faculty Research Presentation in Room 225! Mitchell Rose will present "Globe Trot: Crowd-Sourced Filmmaking and Collaborating from Afar," discussing the methodology behind directing 54 filmmakers around the world all working together on one film. Norah Zuniga Shaw and Bebe Miller will present "Motion Bank: Dancing Mind, Thinking Body," exploring two working strategies from two choreographers: Thomas Hauert and Bebe Miller.

October 21, 4:30-5:45: The Barnett Center hosts "Conversation with Jerry Lewis." The acclaimed comedian will discuss the business of being in the arts.

October 24, 10:20-12pm: Masterclass with Aakash Odedra.

Ongoing: If you're in Chicago this fall, plan to take a master class at Hubbard Street as part of their Hubbard Street Studio Series.

SEE ART

Landfall by Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet on October 11 at 8pm at the Mershon Auditorium. Tickets + information.

Sullivant's Travels
Sullivant's Travels featured on WOSU's Broad and High: WOSU's weekly magazine show will air a segment on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:30 pm spotlighting the grand opening of Sullivant Hall and the site-specific performance event, Sullivant’s Travels. The segment will be available online immediately following the broadcast, and will be repeated Sunday, October 19 at 5 pm.

Rising by Aakash Odedra at the black box on Mershon Stage, October 23-26. Tickets + information. Pre-sale tickets on sale for Department of Dance students: must purchase by October 10.

2nd Year Show features works by second-year MFA candidates. October 27, 7pm. The performance will be immediately followed by a talkback led by Dr. Veronica Dittman-Stanich. Space is limited: email secondyearmfas@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

Site-specific performance by Rachel Barker on Wednesday, October  29th at 12:15 pm. 30+ dancers will perform a site-specific work choreographed by Third Year MFA candidate Rachel Barker under the white scaffolding structure at the Wexner building. Don't miss it! (Pending weather and audience attendance, there may be a second performance on Friday, October 31st at 12:15 pm).

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Auditions for A Chorus Line at Short North Stage will take place at the Garden Theater on Saturday, October 18 from 10-3pm, with dancer call backs at 4pm. Performances: April 2015. For more information and to schedule an audition appointment, email Company Manager Deb Colvin-Tener.

Hip-hop teacher needed on Monday nights from 5:30-8:30pm at a studio in Marysville. Classes are 45 minutes each and the pay is $15 per 45 minute class. Email Meg Benish for more information.

BeMoved Dance Instructor Training: Learn how to teach this dance fitness methodology during an instructors' workshop in Chicago on November 8-9. More information.

American Dance Festival Winter Intensive applications are now available! This year, you can choose to study for ten days in New York City or five days in Pasadena, California. Register before October 20 and the $20 application fee will be waived.

Diavolo Dance Company is holding auditions for male and female touring company members for the 2014-2015 season on December 13 in LA.

Call for Submissions: OhioDance's 2015 Spring Festival seeks submissions for the evening performance on April 25. Deadline is December 5. More information.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

In September, Professor Rodney A. Brown gave a lecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University School of Arts and Aesthetics in New Delhi, India. Professor Brown lectured on his online book, Education Options in Dance Composition: The Brown Dance Project (The BDP) Translating the Pedagogy of Action (POA) Module on HIV Education to Dance, which focuses on an oral HIV prevention method being translated to dance movement and The BDP lab history. Brown’s trip also included training on HIV prevention, dance composition and creativity through workshops on the JNU campus and in the Delhi dance community.

E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

Check out senior Shannon Drake's e-portfolio! Her most recent post features a delightful locking video she made for Tine Salling's class.



FINAL WORD

"Why be up there on a stage? Playing make believe? Why practice your scales or pirouettes? Why make sacrifices for something which seems so frivolous or selfish or silly? What is the point? The words finally came: because I am doing what I can to aid in the exploration of our collective story. It might only be with pretty singing or with the playing of make believe, but those are the brightest torches I have. And if anything I can offer will show you that you aren’t alone, that is worth it to me."
--Claire Kuttler, opera singer and blogger


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Week 7 Announcements: October 6-10

NEWS + UPDATES

Undergrads are invited to "Dancing (and Real Life) in a Big City" on Monday, October 6 from 12:30-2pm in the Green Room. Grad students will share their experiences dancing and making it all work after college. See below in "Undergrad News" for details!

Winter Concert + ACDA adjudication is Saturday, October 18th beginning at 9am. Three pieces will be selected for ACDA: two for the formal concert, and one for the informal concert. ACDA will be held at Ohio University in Athens, OH from February 28-March 2, 2015. Sign-up sheet is up in the Green Room.

Mark your calendars: Aakash Odedra will teach a master class on Friday, October 24. Stay tuned for details coming soon on the blog!

OSU Dance is hiring a new, tenure-track Assistant Professor with an emphasis in studio practice and composition for Autumn 2015. Please spread the word and send on the job description to your contacts.

GRAD NEWS

Video viewing on October 6 at 6:15pm in Room 220: Gezeiten by Sasha Waltz.

Hayes Graduate Research Forum applications are open! Applications accepted until November 14 for the forum on February 20, 2015.

Job postings: Oberlin College seeks an Assistant Professor of Dance; Washington University in St. Louis seeks an Assistant Professor of Dance; University of Buffalo is hiring an Assistant Professor of Dance Studies; University of Southern California is looking for an Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance; Tufts University is hiring a full-time lecturer in dance.

Jacob's Pillow has a number of positions open.

UNDERGRAD NEWS

"Dancing (and Real Life) in a Big City" will take place on Monday, October 6th from 12:30-2pm in the Green Room. Grad students will share their experiences post-college, and answer questions like "How do I make money?" "Where should I live?" "How do I find dancers and studio space?" etc. After the conversation, undergrads will have the opportunity to match up with grad mentors who share their interests. Mentorship categories include: Performance, Choreography, Teaching, Dance in the Community, Dance and Technology, and more! Email Tammy (conversation) or Brandon (mentorship) with questions.

Undergraduate Auditions are Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11. Volunteers are needed to help with tours, check-in, etc. Please email Noelle Bohaty to sign up.

HEALTH + WELLNESS

RECESS is a day of relaxation and play on the South Oval on October 9 from 11-3pm. Organized by Counseling and Consultation Services, RECESS celebrates National Mental Health Awareness Week. This event will educate our campus community about mental health and wellness through a variety of playful activities across the South Oval. Come out and play, relax, and have fun!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts-Community Outreach Grant is open for educational and outreach projects connecting the visual and performing arts at The Ohio State University with the Columbus community. Applications are due Monday, December 15. More information here.

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program provides one-year research fellowships to the best and brightest OSU undergraduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So, no matter what the field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields like engineering, history and business, all OSU undergraduate students may apply. More information here.

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART

October 12, 3-5pm: Columbus Contact Improv Jam in Sullivant 370. Continues most Sundays through the fall. Visit the Facebook page, or contact Shannon Drake for details.

October 7th, 5:30-7pm: Temple University is live streaming a monthly Dance Studies Colloquium lecture series this semester. Come join in attending this lecture together in the Media Lab (343) and get a sense for the field’s current scholars and their work. Up next: Jens Giersdorf presents Modernism Revisited. 

October 21, 4:30-5:45: The Barnett Center hosts "Conversation with Jerry Lewis." The acclaimed comedian will discuss the business of being in the arts.

October 24, 10:20-12pm: Masterclass with Aakash Odedra.

SEE ART

October 3, 5-6pm in Room 225: Susan Hadley will be showing Across the Field, her collaboration with dancers from OSU and BalletMet, performing with the OSU Marching Band. She will talk about the artistic challenges of creating and premiering this work for 57 performers, which addresses OSU traditions and values as a microcosm of our national identity.
Aakash Odedra by Lewis Major.

October 11 at 8pm: Landfall by Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quarter at the Mershon Auditorium. Tickets + information.

October 23-26: Rising by Aakash Odedra at the black box on Mershon Stage. Tickets + information. Pre-sale tickets on sale for Department of Dance students: must purchase by October 10.

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Diavolo Dance Company is holding auditions for male and female touring company members for the 2014-2015 season on December 13 in LA.

Auditions for A Chorus Line at Short North Stage will take place at the Garden Theater on Saturday, October 18 from 10-3pm, with dancer call backs at 4pm. Performances: April 2015. For more information and to schedule an audition appointment, email Company Manager Deb Colvin-Tener.

Franklin Preparatory Academy seeks a dance teacher for its elective courses, which meet Tuesday-Thursday from 1:55-3:10pm. $25 per class. Contact school founder Martin Griffith for information.

Leap of Faith Dance Studio is seeking instructors in advanced ballet/pointe, beginning ballet, as well a part-time sales associate. Please contact Crystal Boyce by email or phone (614-486-1533) for more information.

Call for Submissions: OhioDance's 2015 Spring Festival seeks submissions for the evening performance on April 25. Deadline is December 5. More information.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

The Los Angeles Experience is an exciting travel and learning experience designed for undergraduate and graduate students with career aspirations in Film and Animation, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and the Business of the Arts.  Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the program will connect current students with valuable alumni who have careers in TV, film, and the arts through a six-day experience in Los Angeles, California. Applications are due October 30th.

Department of Theater auditions for Spring 2015 performances will be held October 9-10 in Drake. More information.

Visual Design survey: Visual design major and dance minor Jessica McManus is developing a project to examine how visual design can communicate choreographic concepts. Please complete her "Survey for Dancers" to help her gather data for her research.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

After some clever stalling by third year MFA Ani Javian that involved a group of graduate students singing "Happy Birthday" to Susan Hadley right before her Choreography Workshop class, Dean Shanda arrived to the Barnett Theatre to present a very surprised Susan with the Ratner Award. Susan is one of five faculty members selected for this prestigious award in its inaugural year.

Dean Shanda congratulates Susan in the Barnett Theater

The Ratner Awards recognize faculty for developing new courses, original materials, and/or innovative methods and venues for delivery, as well as for making a difference in students’ educations, lives, and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and for exemplary records of engaging, motivating, and inspiring students.  Each Ratner Award helps to fund future innovation and student impact in the form of curricular development, teaching, or service-learning projects.

Congratulations, Susan! 

E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

Check out Cailin Manning's blog, which chronicles her travels, and her work in dance and visual art.


FINAL WORD

"I no longer create my works in adherence to a good/bad paradigm.  I have become very interested in seeing what the dances can become through a process of witnessing as opposed to employing choreographic technique of any sort.   I am not trying to make the dances good or to create a choreographic pronouncement of something I know.  It has become much more interesting for me to make work as a method for processing a constellation of ideas and to create a rigorous choreographic rendering of their particular coexistence."
--Tere O'Connor, from his blog post "Unviable Structures" 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Week 6 Announcements: September 29 - October 3

NEWS + UPDATES

REMINDER: James Graham (MFA '10) will meet with students for a brown bag lunch in the office lobby ("living room") from 12-12:45 today (9/26) following his master class. Learn more about James and his work here

October 2, 7pm: Visiting Scholar Lynn Garafola presents "Discourses of Memory: The Marginalization of Bronislava Nijinska" in the Schultz Lecture Hall. 

Mark your calendars for "Dancing (and Real Life) in a Big City" on Monday, October 6 from 12:30-2pm in the Green Room. Grad students will share their experiences dancing and making it all work after college. See below in "Undergrad News" for details! 

OSU Dance is hiring a new, tenure-track Assistant Professor with an emphasis in studio practice and composition for Autumn 2015. Please spread the word and send on the job description to your contacts.

Winter Concert + ACDFA adjudication is Saturday, October 18th. Sign-up sheets will go up soon in the Green Room.

GRAD NEWS

It's a very exciting time to be looking for jobs! Oberlin College seeks an Assistant Professor of Dance; Washington University in St. Louis seeks an Assistant Professor of Dance; University of Buffalo is hiring an Assistant Professor of Dance Studies; University of Southern California is looking for an Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance.

On Friday, October 3 from 9-11am, visiting scholar Lynn Garafola will lead a workshop for MFAs and PhDs on methods to utilize both digital and more traditional archival resources. She is interested in helping researchers in dance to explore resources outside the traditional avenues used in dance scholarship. Email Karen if you plan to attend. 

Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University is now accepting applications for its MA in Performance Curation and Certificate in Performance Curation. OSU Dance alums Nicole Stanton and Katja Kolcio helped develop the program. Applications are due January 15, 2015. 

UNDERGRAD NEWS

"Dancing (and Real Life) in a Big City" will take place on Monday, October 6th from 12:30-2pm in the Green Room. Grad students will share their experiences post-college, and answer questions like "How do I make money?" "Where should I live?" "How do I find dancers and studio space?" etc. After the conversation, undergrads will have the opportunity to match up with grad mentors who share their interests. Mentorship categories include: Performance, Choreography, Teaching, Dance in the Community, Dance and Technology, and more! Email Tammy (conversation) or Brandon (mentorship) with questions. 

Undergraduate Auditions are Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11. Volunteers are needed to help with tours, check-in, etc. Please email Noelle Bohaty to sign up. 

LET'S DANCE + TALK ABOUT DANCE

September 26, 10:20-12pm: GAGA Masterclass with James Graham. 

September 28, 3-5pm: Columbus Contact Improv Jam in Sullivant 370. Continues most Sundays through the fall. Visit the Facebook page, or contact Shannon Drake for details. 

September 30, 7:30-9: Master Class with Anitra Keegan at Ballet Met

October 2, 7pm: Visiting Scholar Lynn Garafola presents "Discourses of Memory: The Marginalization of Bronislava Nijinska" in the Schultz Lecture Hall. 

SEE ART

October 3, 5-6pm in Room 225: Susan Hadley will be showing Across the Field, her collaboration with dancers from OSU and BalletMet, performing with the OSU Marching Band. She will talk about the artistic challenges of creating and premiering this work for 57 performers, which addresses OSU traditions and values as a microcosm of our national identity.

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Auditions for A Chorus Line at Short North Stage will take place at the Garden Theater on Saturday, October 18 from 10-3pm, with dancer call backs at 4pm. Performances: April 2015. For more information and to schedule an audition appointment, email Company Manager Deb Colvin-Tanner.

Leap of Faith Dance Studio is seeking instructors in advanced ballet/pointe, beginning ballet, as well a part-time sales associate. Please contact Crystal Boyce by email or phone (614-486-1533) for more information.

Call for Dancers: Third year MFA candidate Rachel Barker seeks 20 dancers to participate in a site-specific work happening underneath the white scaffolding between Wexner and Mershon. 1-2 rehearsals per week and a performance at the end of October. Contact Rachel to learn more and get involved.

Call for Submissions: OhioDance's 2015 Spring Festival seeks submissions for the evening performance on April 25. Deadline is December 5. More information.

Dancing Wheels Company, America's first, professional, physically integrated company, seeks a male dancer for an immediate position. To audition, interested candidates should send a letter of interest and head shot to President/Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, or call (216) 432-0306.

Call for Participants: IUGTE hosts their annual multidisciplinary conference, "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity," in Italy from December 18-22. Arts practitioners and researchers are encouraged to attend. 

Call for Entries: 6th Annual Midwest RAD Fest from March 19-22, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Applications due October 24. 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

The Los Angeles Experience is an exciting travel and learning experience designed for undergraduate and graduate students with career aspirations in Film and Animation, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and the Business of the Arts.  Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the program will connect current students with valuable alumni who have careers in TV, film, and the arts through a six-day experience in Los Angeles, California. Applications are due October 30th.

Department of Theater auditions for Spring 2015 performances will be held October 9-10 in Drake. More information.

Visual Design survey: Visual design major and dance minor Jessica McManus is developing a project to examine how visual design can communicate choreographic concepts. Please complete her "Survey for Dancers" to help her gather data for her research.

STOTT Pilates Instructor Course at Oncore Body Center in Dublin: The Intensive Reformer program teaches you how to design and instruct Level 1 Reformer workouts in personal or group training settings for a range of clients. More information.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

Sullivant's Travels and the re-opening of Sullivant Hall received great press in the Columbus Dispatch, and in two different Lantern articles. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and massive support team who made it all possible!
3rd Year MFA candidate Rachel Barker in Sullivant's Travels. 
Photo by Kristin Zeis for the Dispatch.


FINAL WORD

"There's nothing in the world like the feeling of being in the studio, working along and whamo, something starts to take off, to go wowowowow, juice up. But it doesn't happen right at the get go and it doesn't happen all the time and it doesn't happen from working yourself into a tizzy of wanting it, or from anything to do with how you feel or what you plan. It comes along when it comes along. In the meantime you have to be in there, trying a bit of this and a bit of that and staying with all those semi moments, all those ho hum kinda moments, trying something else and doing it over and maybe like this and working but also waiting. You have to keep yourself available, keep the work available."
--Susan Rethorst, Visiting Artist 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Week 5: September 22-26

NEWS + UPDATES

Dancers on the grid in Sullivant's Travels
Merde to the cast and crew of Sullivant's Travels! Enjoy the weekend, and be sure to attend the champagne and dessert reception on Saturday after the 4pm show. 

On Saturday, be sure to stop by the ACCAD open house for demos and performances from 1-5pm. 2nd Year MFAs Sabrina Lumbert and Brandon Whited will perform at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. 

OSU Dance is hiring a new, tenure-track Assistant Professor with an emphasis in studio practice and composition for Autumn 2015. Please spread the word and send on the job description to your contacts.

Sign-up sheets for James Graham's September 26 GAGA Masterclass and other masterclasses will go up in the Green Room on Monday. First come, first served. You must sign up for a technique class; attendance will be sent back to your usual technique teacher. 

Winter Concert + ACDFA adjudication is Saturday, October 18th. Sign-up sheets will go up soon in the Green Room.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Semester Funding Initiative (SFI) applications are due Friday, September 19 (today!) by midnight. 

GRAD NEWS

Washington University in St. Louis is hiring an Assistant Professor of Dance.

Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University is now accepting applications for its MA in Performance Curation and Certificate in Performance Curation. OSU Dance alums Nicole Stanton and Katja Kolcio helped develop the program. Applications are due January 15, 2015. 

UNDERGRAD NEWS

Undergraduate Auditions are Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11. Volunteers are needed to help with tours, check-in, etc. Please email Noelle Bohaty to sign up. 

LET'S DANCE + TALK ABOUT DANCE

September 26, 10:20-12pm: GAGA Masterclass with James Graham. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Green Room on Monday, September 22nd. 

September 28, 3-5pm: Columbus Contact Improv Jam in Sullivant 370. Continues most Sundays through the fall. Visit the Facebook page, or contact Shannon Drake for details. 

September 30, 7:30-9: Master Class with Anitra Keegan at Ballet Met

October 2, 7pm: Visiting Scholar Lynn Garafola presents "Discourses of Memory: The Marginalization of Bronislava Nijinska" in the Schultz Lecture Hall. 

SEE ART

September 25, 7:30pm: Opera Columbus, BalletMet and Columbus Symphony Orchestra present Twisted at the Ohio Theater. Tickets are $5 and you can even get a ride to the theater: transportation will be provided from the Ohio Union loop at 6:45pm.

September 26-28: Harvest Dance Festival in Chicago, IL

October 3, 5-6pm in Room 225: Susan Hadley will be showing Across the Field, her collaboration with dancers from OSU and BalletMet, performing with the OSU Marching Band. She will talk about the artistic challenges of creating and premiering this work for 57 performers, which addresses OSU traditions and values as a microcosm of our national identity.

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Call for Submissions: OhioDance's 2015 Spring Festival seeks submissions for the evening performance on April 25. Deadline is December 5. More information.

Dancing Wheels Company, America's first, professional, physically integrated company, seeks a male dancer for an immediate position. To audition, interested candidates should send a letter of interest and head shot to President/Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, or call (216) 432-0306.

Call for Participants: IUGTE hosts their annual multidisciplinary conference, "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity," in Italy from December 18-22. Arts practitioners and researchers are encouraged to attend. 

Call for Entries: 6th Annual Midwest RAD Fest from March 19-22, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Applications due October 24. 

Call for Dancers: Third year MFA candidate Rachel Barker seeks 20 dancers to participate in a site-specific work happening underneath the white scaffolding between Wexner and Mershon. 1-2 rehearsals per week and a performance at the end of October. Rehearsals start next week! Contact Rachel to learn more and get involved.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Department of Theater auditions for Spring 2015 performances will be held October 9-10 in Drake. More information.

Visual Design survey: Visual design major and dance minor Jessica McManus is developing a project to examine how visual design can communicate choreographic concepts. Please complete her "Survey for Dancers" to help her gather data for her research.

STOTT Pilates Instructor Course at Oncore Body Center in Dublin: The Intensive Reformer program teaches you how to design and instruct Level 1 Reformer workouts in personal or group training settings for a range of clients. More information.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

Megan Davis on Anna Halprin's Dance Deck this summer.
Photo by Kimberly Wilczak. 
Third Year MFA candidate Megan Davis was awarded a Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant for Research for Women, Gender, and Gender Equity. This funding will support the purchase of a videocamera that will be used to capture archival footage and compose dance films and textural images that will be integrated into her MFA research. Her work, Trace Forms, will premiere February 5th at Urban Arts Space. Congratulations, Megan!

FINAL WORD

"My teachers at Ohio State--they had such a belief in me--as a performer, as a choreographer, as an artist. And that belief they had in me gave me the courage to move forward into that field. I owe everything--for what I've done in my life, really--to The Ohio State University Department of Dance." --Dianne McIntyre, BFA '69

Dianne McIntyre. Photo by Antoine Tempe.