Friday, January 16, 2009

Week 3 Announcements: January 18-25

Featured photo: Visiting Artist Maurice Hines leads a Master Class in Studio 1.

Awesome Weekend Workshop: Spontaneous Combustion; Crafting Performance in the Moment: “Implode, Explode, & Blow It Up, then Perform" by LIKE YOU MEAN IT (Noelle Chun, Adriana Durant and Annie Kloppenberg) hosted by cm2 (Columbus Movement Movement) Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22 at The Ohio State University, Pomerene Hall (Building 067). To see more details and RSVP, follow this link. Space is limited to 25 participants so register NOW!

Works in Progress
The next Friday Workshop is Friday February 13. This is a perfect time to show a few works in progress, remembering that we will be hosting undergraduate auditionees and their parents. Additionally, Ming-Shen Ku will share her work as part of the event. Please plan on attending at 12:30pm. The sign-up sheet will be posted on the newly dedicated bulletin board for such stuff outside Studio 1. The final showing date is February 27th. For those not wanting to show - please join in the process. Any questions, please contact Michael Kelly Bruce.

Presidential Inauguration
Inauguration live streaming Tuesday January 20th from 11:45am-1:00pm in the Sullivant Theatre for anyone interested in the historic event of a presidential swearing in. Please remember to be respectful of diverse points of view, and celebrate democracy at its finest.

OSU Urban Arts Space
The OSU Urban Arts Space is now accepting proposals for exhibitions, performances, classes, conferences, lectures, symposia, etc. Proposals are due to 152 Hopkins Hall by February 6, 2009. A committee made up of faculty and community business and arts partners will review them. To see more details and obtain a proposal form, please go here.

Dayton Ballet's "The Who's Tommy" Group Information
Dayton Ballet invites your group of 10 or more to a rock ballet you don’t want to miss!Discounts up to 50%, personalized service and the best seats at the best price! Contact Jill: (937) 449-5060 or Please see the attached poster for more information.

Collaborative Opportunity with the OSU Department of Music
We are embarking on an exciting endeavor here at OSU. We have the opportunity to promote unity and further strengthen the connection between OSU and our community. We are part of a bigger community not just academia. We are planning a full-production concert featuring people from our community and OSU. This concert’s focus is the spirit of music and dance as one. This event will take place on May 12th, 2009 and we are in need of your expertise as dancers and choreographers to make this project a success. This concert will be a tour quality show with lighting, smoke machines, a full band, dancers, intros, outros, segues, video pieces, acting scenes and etc. This event will be videotaped and used to promote further inter-disciplinary efforts regionally and at OSU. If you are interested in participating in this ambitious collaboration, as either a choreographer or a dancer, please email Shawn Wallace, Professor of Music at or call 614-439-4245.

Note to all Graduate Students
Please meet me for the Second Annual Town Hall Meeting for Graduate Students with the Chair. This is a chance for some face-to-face time to ask questions about anything, keep me in the loop about life in Sullivant Hall as a graduate student, and for you all to see each other out of classes and rehearsals. It will be just us.

Friday, February 6, 2009
from 4:30pm-6:00pm in the “White Box” (light refreshments included).

Photo by Ariane Unfried
Visiting Artist: Nik Haffner
Nik Haffner arrives on Monday, February 15 and will teach for four weeks, working with the 25 students who signed up for the Forsythe Workshop last quarter. Additionally, he is bringing two dancers with him from Berlin University – Friederike Plafki and Louise Wagner. Please make them feel welcome as they study and dance with you. We welcome our growing international connections. Nik writes: “After studying dance at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, I was a dancer with William Forsythe/Ballet Frankfurt from 1994 until 2000 and am now a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. Following a special interest in combining dance with new media I am making work for stage, film and exhibition. Since working on the development of the Forsythe CD-ROM Improvisation Technologies, I have been regularly collaborating with the ZKM, Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe. As of November 2008, I am visiting professor at the HUTZ Center/Dance Department of Berlin University.”

Visiting Artist: Ming-Shen Ku
Ming-Shen has arrived from Taipei, Taiwan and is here for the whole quarter teaching a section of modern technique, Contact Improvisation, and creating a new work for Dance Downtown. We will arrange a “meet the artist” session as part of the first Friday Workshop, January 16. Go here for more information about Ming-Shen.

Opera Columbus is Seeking Dancers
Opera Columbus is producing Puccini's final opera Turandot on February 20 and 22, 2009. We need three female dancers to serve as Handmaidens to Princess Turandot and Temptresses (for/to) Prince Calaf. These are movement parts not really choreographed "dances." As temptresses they would be costumed in nude unitards with some type of sheer overdressing. They will be offered to the Prince in order to solicite his name (sort of an Italian Rumpelstiltskin moment with a penalty of decapitation). Fee: $300. For more information, including the rehearsal schedule, email Artistic Director William Boggs at

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is holding auditions for our next season. We are looking for experienced, mature performers who are technically strong and physically versatile, who are able to start with us in June 2009. We offer a yearly contract of a minimum 40 weeks work, plus health insurance. Auditions will be held in Salt Lake City on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, April 11th at 10:00am at the Rose Wagner Theater, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City. They will last the entire day. Information must be submitted prior to the audition. Candidates will not be considered who have not submitted their personal information to us first. Dancers should be prepared with a 2-minute solo. If you have any questions please see Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen's contact info on the attached audition flyer or visit our website.

Pre-Registration sessions for Spring 2009 will be this Friday, January 23. Please bring your handbooks.
• First Year Undergraduates will meet at 8:45am during Modern Technique in Studio 1.
• All other Undergraduates will meet with John Giffin at 12:30pm in Studio 1.
• Transfer Undergraduate Students taking 2nd year courses should also meet with John Giffin at 12:30pm in Studio 1 and see Michael Kelly Bruce for an advising appointment.
• Graduates will meet with Vicki Uris at 12:30pm in Studio 2.
• Junior and Senior Colloquia will begin at 1:30pm.

Survival Seminar

Survival Seminar for Seniors, and Juniors with Susan Petry – if you wish – on April 3, 2009 (Friday) from 12:30pm-4:30pm. We will address dance careers and approaches, grant writing 101, marketing and networking. Sign up will be posted late Winter Quarter.

Journal of Undergraduate Research at Ohio State
All undergraduates are encouraged to submit an article to the new Journal of Undergraduate Research at Ohio State (JUROS). This is a student-run, peer-reviewed publication for OSU students in all disciplines. Speedy reviews and online publication make this an excellent way for students to experience the joys of publishing!

Check out the Office of Undergraduate Research Office (URO) website for up-to-date information finding research funds, summer fellowships, and presenting at research forums. We also have information about how to get started on research, including advice from students with research experience (see student spotlights). Please click the following links for more information and listings of URO events.

USG Academic Enrichment Grants
The Undergraduate Student Government is proud to offer the Academic Enrichment Grant and the application is now available online. Grants are available to undergraduates of all majors for the amount of $500. Some examples of possible uses of the grant are research, creative work, professional development activities, and conferences. Applications are due January 30, 2009. The application can be found at here. Questions can be directed to Alex Swain at

Congratulations to Karena Hatfield-Grytting, Candace Feck, and Melanie Bales for their acceptance into the Congress on Research in Dance's (CORD) June 2009 Special Topics conference. The conference theme is "Global Perspectives on Dance Pedagogy: Research and Practice" and will be held June 25th through 27th, 2009 in Leicester, England.

Congratulations to Kate Enright. She received a Coca Cola grant.

And finally, “Chocolate, Dance, and Conversation” was listed in Top 10 Dance Events in Columbus in 2008 by Columbus Dispatch.

In an ongoing effort to maximize communication, both bulletin boards that are in the Studio 1 hallway will now be all about communicating day to day business of the department: current and upcoming quarter’s schedules, production calendars, cast lists, technique lists, course announcements, Monday announcements. Please make a daily habit of checking it out. The Dance Notation Bureau bulletin board will now be outside the costume shop, next to the DVD player where we can watch repertory.

New faculty announcement
It is with great pleasure that I announce the acceptance of our Assistant Professorship offer by Esther Baker-Tarpaga.

Esther will be joining the faculty in fall of 2009, and is moving here with her husband Olivier Tarpaga, and daughter, Windega. She and her family are visiting Columbus next week to get the lay of the land, and for us to meet Olivier. He will teach a class on Wednesday, January 21 in West African dance forms 10:30-12:00. Attached is an itinerary of their visit. Please welcome them. Here is a link to information about Esther, Olivier, her work, and their work.

Please join me in congratulating Esther on finding her way to OSU Dance – we look forward to seeing her thoughtful, provocative choreography, to growing our links with traditional and contemporary African dance artists and dance, and to expanding our notions of dance ethnography and movement languages. We also look forward to what Olivier might bring with his own dance and music expertise.

Dear Department of Dance
In the departmental meeting on Friday, I asked that students and instructors consciously contribute to a dialogue about how to anticipate, prevent, manage, embrace, learn from, and progress through, stress, injury, and sickness. Faculty and students have been talking about a perceived trend of injuries and illness, and I am concerned. Illness and injuries should not be considered a “detour” from core work but rather a source of information, and a way to access deeper work.

I urge you to: (1) take advantage of our ever close relationship with Sports Medicine and get expert preventative and therapeutic care (contact Mike Bruce for info); (2) take class daily.... Rehearsals alone create stress on your bodyself; (3) embrace the vagaries of physical symptoms as part of the art of dance... In other words there is not a perfect neutral state that allows for dance... Instead, everyday, we learn to “read” ourselves, and work through and with the numerous signals of un-, or dis-ease; (4) learn to truly rest and re-invest in your self through cycles of work and rest to whatever degree is possible; (5) discern the difference between chronic on-and-off body “issues” that can be treated through conscious self-educating, and pro-active treatments while still participating in classes, and trauma injuries that require more radical treatment.

Please feel free to comment on this post on these issues of injury, stress, illness, and self-care in the context of a dance profession.

Susan Van Pelt Petry

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