Friday, September 26, 2008

Week Two: Sept 29-Oct 5

Featured photo: Open rehearsal of the Bebe Miller Company's production of Necessary Beauty.


Bebe Miller Company

Wed-Sat, Oct 1-4 | 8 pm
Sun, Oct 5 | 7 pm
Black Box on Mershon Stage

Discussion Session with the company and their collaborators about the creative process will take place on Friday Oct 3rd from 12:30-2pm also on Mershon Stage.
Important note for Discussion Session: Please enter at the High Street entrance of Mershon Auditorium where Barbara Thatcher will be there to meet you and escort the group into the theater.


SCREENING #1 | October 8, 2008, 7 pm, Sullivant Theatre
Water Flowing Together | Gwendolen Cates, USA, 2007; 77m

SCREENING #2 | October 22, 2008, 7 pm, Sullivant Theatre
La Vie est Belle | Tristan Duhamel, France, 2004; 3.13m
Fragmentation | Suzon Fuks, Australia, 2007; 5.8m
Horizon of Exile | Isabel Rocamora, United Kingdom, 2007; 22m
Cargo | Kelly Hargraves, USA, 2007; 4m
Fantastic Flower Shop | Pawel Partyka, Denmark/Poland, 2001; 15m
Flying Lesson | Phil Harder, Rosanne Chamecki, Andrea Lerner, USA, 2007; 4.37m

For more details about these films, go here.

Checkout the 2008-2009 dance season at Dance Cleveland in Akron, Ohio (which is about 1 hour and 45 minutes away). Performances (and some master classes) will be held by Doug Varone and Dancers, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Ballet Hispanico.

The advanced performance improvisation ensemble will be continuing this year and is open for new members! This was started by a wonderful group of graduate and undergraduates last year and the department is happy to facilitate its continuation. To do so, we're offering an open rep:

T/TH 12:30-2:30pm with this call number: Zuniga-Shaw Dance 651.02 (06239-9)

Anyone with interest and experience in improvisation is welcome. Norah Zuniga-Shaw will share her experience with William Forsythe's improvisation strategies and with site-specific improvisation (great in this lovely fall weather), as well as Simone Forti's and Nancy Stark Smith's performance scores or interactive sound environments for improvisation and so on.

Norah will also arrange for guest artists to come in and share their strategies, and will be sure to get Annie Kloppenberg and Noelle Chun back in the mix as much as possible. There will be some great performance opportunities and to create more if the class wants them. Ashley Thorndike will also collaborate with the class and share her research interests.

If you know of others who are ready for an intermediate/advanced performance improvisation experience then please invite them to join.

The Bogliasco Foundation announces the availability of the Jerome Robbins Fellowship for American choreographers for the 2009-2010 academic year. Application deadline for fall 2009 is January 15, 2008. For detailed information about the Liguria Study Center for Arts and Humanities and its Fellowship program as well as their on-line application, please visit the Foundation’s website.


Misty Kerns, Jane Ledford-Akins, and Odie Irizarry in particular held down the fort over the summer, and I would like to ask that you acknowledge their leadership in areas of fiscal management and policy oversight, program/recruitment/orientation coordination, and facility and scheduling management, respectively. We are fortunate to have caring, flexible, and energetic office staff.

Shawn Hove has been an incredible leader in the vision and implementation of changes in the computer lab, and in the (old studio 5) new White Box. Odie has been a perfect partner in these efforts, coordinating countless carpenters, painters, etc. We are awaiting some final touches on both spaces: a swipe card for the lab (finally) funded by the new Colleges of Arts and Humanities’ Dean Roberts, and the installation of a smart board and other tech tools in the White Box. Stay tuned for updates. Carrie Cox masterminded some important fixes in electrical systems in the theatre, along with Dave Covey overseeing this during the summer.

David Covey went to Düsseldorf, Germany and designed the lighting for Donald Byrd's piece No Consolation, performed by the Dance Alloy Theatre at the Internationale Tanzmesse Dance Festival in August. He also designed the lighting for Tap Roots for the Jazz Tap Ensemble at the Joyce Theatre last week, directed by Lynn Dally who is an alumnus of the department. This was a full evening of works, and was the opening performance of the Joyce Theatre's 25th anniversary. Congrats to Dave and Lynn!

Melanye White Dixon has been invited to participate on a panel discussion at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference in Alabama, sharing her knowledge of historian Joe Nash. Congratulations Dr. Dixon!

Karen Eliot’s article Starved for Beauty: British Ballet and Public Morale During the Second World War was published in the July Dance Chronicle. Congratulations Dr. Eliot.

Jessica Zeller (MFA ‘08), now beginning her path towards a Ph.D., has had an article accepted by the internationally regarded Dance Chronicle titled Teaching through Time: Tracing Ballet's Pedagogical Lineage in the Work of Maggie Black. Professor Eliot was her advisor.

Yolanda Royster was selected to attend LDI 2008 on scholarship. This is a huge conference organized by Live Design that provides software training, design symposiums, workshops, and hands-on lighting and stage design work. As part of her week's experience, she will go backstage and up-close to the Cirque de Soleil production in Las Vegas. Congratulations Yolanda!


Please be sure to elect class representatives for the student advisory committee that meets with the chair twice a quarter. Modern technique faculty should facilitate this.

Office moves
: In the mezzanine level of Sullivant Theatre, we have what we can call the production suite: Carrie’s office, the light booth, and offices for Michael Wall and Susan Chess, and a new “Projects Studio” with a dedicated space for audio projects, and an adjacent space for video projects that are thesis or grant funded level.

Susan Chess’s old office is now
Melissa Bontempo’s: she is nearer the media lab for daily oversight of basic maintenance, and she checks out cameras, concert tapes etc. Ian Anderson, still our “go to” IT guy, is in Hopkins Hall along with the rest of the College of the Arts IT people; please always submit a "ticket” for attention to any problem.

Graduate Student Fellows, PhD’s, and Fullbrights are in the room at the end of the basement hall (closest to Starbucks!), adjacent to the GA office. This is a new move from previous years where Fellows were upstairs in the mezzanine.

Since we have a need for smaller meeting rooms (TA’s meeting with students in privacy or small committees meeting when the conference room is being used), the “break room”/ kitchen will have some restricted hours and can be signed out. Please be forewarned that it will not be as available for lunchtime confabs, and if being used for a meeting or conference, the student lounge can be used instead. This is an interim solution to some needs, so please be flexible as we work together.


Thanks to Michael Wall, OSUdance is now on iTunes U! To access our listing, open iTunes and click on
"iTunes Store". From there, click on "iTunes U" in the left sidebar and look for "Universities & Colleges" on the bottom left under "Find Education Providers." When that screen comes up, look under T for "The Ohio State University." OSUDance will be on the OSU page under "Colleges, Schools and Libraries > Colleges and Schools." We'll be posting free podcasts and videocasts of student work, lec/dems, projects and more every week, so be sure to check in to see what the department is doing!


We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Have a wonderful quarter, fall in love with your work, look at people with open hearts and minds, and turn off your cell phones in class! - SVPP

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