Friday, October 31, 2008

Week Seven: November 3-7

Featured photo: Behind the scenes at last week's studio session with Stephanie Matthews.
Photo by Dave Ligget.


Visiting Artist: Dianne McIntyre
Fantastic opportunity to work with legend Dianne McIntyre – an OSU alum and internationally recognized artist, teacher, choreographer and mover and shaker. Please set aside three hours for a revealing and fun afternoon with Dianne and jazz musicians from the School of Music. It could be the start of a beautiful thing. We are honored to have Dianne coming, sharing her expertise and great love of music and dance. Sign up on the "production board." FREE!

Saturday, November 15, 2008; 1–4pm
(location TBA)
In this workshop dancers learn about the structures and techniques of Jazz music in order to explore new dimensions in choreography, improvisations, performance and dance/music collaborations. The 3 hour session will be led by Dianne McIntyre and musicians from the Jazz Studies Department. A graduate of OSU, in McIntyre's 3 and 1/2 decade career as a choreographer, she has collaborated with master musicians like, drummer Max Roach, trumpeteers Lester Bowie and Olu Dara, pianists Don Pullen and Cecil Taylor. A John S. Guggenheim Fellowship supports her in this project. (Dianne McIntyre is also the American Dance Festival 2008 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching.)

For a complete bio click here.

Visiting Artist: JoAnna Mendl Shaw
On Monday, November 10 JoAnna Mendl Shaw will return to OSU for another master class. JoAnna is director of the Equus Project, and teaches choreography at Julliard. The modern technique class will be in Studio 1 at 10:30. Except for Hadley, all classes will meet as usual. Hadley's group will either sign up for the master class or attend another level. A sign up sheet will go up Wednesday, November 5.

Visiting Artist in Winter Quarter 2009: Nik Haffner
Open to 25 undergraduate and graduate students. In this special workshop, students will be introduced to William Forsythe’s thinking, methods, and techniques through a cluster of special activities including technique and improvisation classes with internationally renowned former Ballet Frankfurt dancer Nik Haffner; a physical drawing workshop at the Wexner in which each dancer will be intimately involved in creating the installation of the Forsythe gallery/performance piece “Monster Partitur”; and participation in activities surrounding the Choreographic Objects Symposium. Students selected to participate must commit to the full workshop experience. Download the attached form for more information on this workshop and submission requirements. Deadline is November 10, 2008.


Senior Erika Harris was crowned this past weekend: 2008 OSU African American Homecoming Queen. She rode in the OSU Homecoming Parade, attended the game (where she was announced), and presided over various activities. We are so proud of her!


Works In-Progress
There have been several times scheduled this year for dance students to show works in-progress for feedback. The first of these dates is coming up on Friday November 7th (this is also Open-Class Day for the Undergraduate Audition). The time set aside for this event is 1:00pm - 2:30pm in Sullivant theatre.

During the first half hour Erika Harris and Robyn Young will show parts of their concert and talk briefly about their process. Following that, there will be time for other works. There will be a sign-up sheet posted for those who want to show their work. You will need to provide a title, choreographer, music, and performer credits, as well as an estimate of the time of the piece. In case there is an abundance of work wanting to be viewed, there will be a space on the sign-up sheet for you to tell us on what future venue you are supposing the work will be shown. We will give priority to those being presented the soonest.

The Resident and Visiting Artists Concert
will be Wednesday and Thursday December 3-4 at 8 pm in Sullivant Theatre. The dates posted last spring had to be changed. The format of this year's concert will be quite different than in the past -- there will be lots more information on this in time.

And finally... don't forget to vote!

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