Friday, February 06, 2009

Week 6 Announcements: February 8-14

Featured video: Excerpts of the first project assigned to
Michael Wall's Music4Dance class. The project was to be constructed using samples and loops. Some chose to work with their own choreography and the others drew inspiration from the collection of video donated by choreographers. If you have any feedback or questions, please contact Michael at

Indelible Marks & a portrait, unpacked
Graduate Student Dance Concert: Ann Kloppenberg and Ashley Thorndike. February 12, 13, 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Sullivant Theatre, 1813 N. High St.
Presented are a multidisciplinary piece, “Indelible Marks,” by Annie Kloppenberg and “A Portrait, Unpacked,” choreographed by OSU alumnus Michael Estanich and danced by Ashley Thorndike.

P.I.E. is performing! Enjoy a little piece of P.I.E. before attending "Indelible Marks & A Portrait, Unpacked" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Look for solos, duets and trios happening in and around Studios 1 and 2. Feel free to come and go as you may. Hope to see you all there!

Open Jam!
On Friday, February 20th, from 6:00-8:30pm, Sullivant Hall's Studio 1 will transform into a safe place for all forms of improvisers to meet and play. As we warm into the space while the sky darkens, perhaps the nighttime magic will draw all improvisers to make daring choices, find surprises. At about 8:15 pm, the jam will end with a closing circle. Improvisers in dance, music, and drawing are all invited – bring friends, and friends of friends! Improvisers in life are also welcome. Participation can also be in the form of watching.

This was motivated by Ming-Shen Ku's contact improvisation class, and organized by OSU dance, but the jam will be improvised by anybody who attends, in any form. The jam will go on for 2 1/2 hours, but feel free to enter and leave as you wish. We look forward to it.

Lifeline Columbus
Lifeline Columbus is off the ground and on the air, WDEM-TV Ch17. Jason Perkins is the host, highlighting Arts Culture and Lifestyle of Columbus. Thursdays 10PM, Fridays 5PM, Saturdays 1PM and 6PM, Sundays 11AM, Mondays 7PM

Guests this week are:
For BalletMet Jazz Moves Take 2, Maurice Hines & Byron Stripling.
For MadLab Theatre, Andy Batt.
For Glass Axis, Cody Nicely.
For Wexner Center for the Atrs, Karen Simonian

Next week's guests include:
Opera Columbus, Eric McKeever, Sarah Rhorer, mezzo-soprano,Jacob Pence, baritone
OSU Dance, Susan Van Pelt Petry and Guitar Heroes: The Movie!
Columbus Landmarks, Kathy Kane Mast
Dublin Arts, David Guio'n

Department T-Shirt: Design Contest!
Hello Dancers! It's time for a new department t-shirt and you have the opportunity to design it. Be as creative as you can be! Below are the details of what the format should look like. You can send in your designs to Kate Tyndall Hale at by February 20th. Student reps will decide on the design and get the t-shirts made soon after.
Details on formatting:

• Use .jpg (or .jpeg), .gif (no transparency), .png (no transparency).
• RGB or CMYK files are acceptable.
• No / Low Compression / High Quality (for .jpg / .jpeg files).
• Make it BIG! (must be no bigger than 2000x2000 for downloading purposes).
• Try to stay away from the color White, it won't show up as well.
• The design should look good on multiple colored shirts.
Looking forward to seeing all your designs!

Awesome Weekend Workshop
Saturday, February 21 – Sunday, February 22
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). 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!

Dennis Oppenheim Lecture
Tuesday, February 10, 2009; 4:00 pm at the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. Click here 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 contact Shawn Wallace, Professor of Music at or 614-439-4245.

Hixon Dance Valentine's Swing Dance Fundraiser: Friday, February 13th from 7:00-10:00pm
All ticket sales and proceeds go to support Hixon Dance and its upcoming performance "Airs and Dances" premiering April 17th through April 25th at Columbus Dance Theatre in the Market Exchange District. All monies will assist with production costs, and allows Hixon Dance to put on a concert featuring a collaboration of all new dance and LIVE MUSIC!

Tickets for the fund-raiser are $20 each, or $30 for a couple. Group rates available. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. The German Village Meeting Haus is located at 588 South 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43215 (the NE corner of S 3rd and Willow). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the company's website.

Miracle Dancer: Fundraiser

Saturday February 7th, 2009; 6:00-8:00pm
Abbey Theater (5600 Post Rd, Dublin 43017)
Last year was the first year to present this show and it was such a success! We were able to raise $8000!! Which was more than I could have dreamed of. The proceeds were donated to Cancer Services at Riverside Methodist Hospital (through The OhioHealth Foundation) and set aside for patients who were financially burdened/struggling while having Ovarian Cancer. The money was used to offset costs of treatment, prescriptions, co-pay, transportation, etc. And was appointed by the social workers, doctors and nurses who work with these patients throughout their treatment.

Ticket Information: $20 minimum donation per admittance (general admission); Available through Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics (call 614- 761-2882 or email and at the door. If you are unable to attend and still wish to make a donation please make checks payable to the OhioHealth Foundation and mail to: Miracle Dancer c/o Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics 2665 Farmers Drive Columbus, Ohio 43235.

Batsheva Dance Company
The Batsheva Master Class for Tuesday February 10th is packed with a long wait list. Unfortunately, the company has been very specific about the numbers of dancers that may participate – 30. So we are really limited to the first 30 on the sheet. Those on the list are welcome to wait outside the studio until I check numbers. As a consolation, I will put the names on the Batsheva wait list on the top of the sign-up sheet for the Japan Dance Now Master Class on Friday, February 20 at 10:30. That sheet will go up Monday morning at 8:30.

Something very important you should know about the Batsheva Master Class – the doors to Studio 1 will be closed at 10:30, no one will be allowed to join the class after that time and observers are not allowed. Questions? See MKB

Japan Dance Now
Yoko Higashino of BABY-Q will provide a master class on Friday, February 20, 2009 (please note date correction) from 10:30am-12:00pm in Studio 1 . A dance lesson for increasing physical intensity. Each participant receives personal instruction on developing greater body sensitivity through dance basics, then repertory work, and finally, improvisation. Please sign-up outside Studio 1.

Visiting Artist: Nik Haffner
Nik Haffner arrives on Monday, February 15th 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.”

New jobs and internships have been added to the professional opportunities page on the OSUdance website. Check it out!

Choreography Opportunity
“I am Jessica Chojnacki from the Chi Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi. This Spring Quarter our chapter will be participating in the Greek Week Variety Show. Most of the sororities on campus participate in this event, and the turnout can be quite large. Our chapter is looking for a choreographer for our variety show routine. Someone who specializes in hip-hop and has some extra free time. The time dedicated could be used towards volunteer hours or maybe a senior project. We don't have numbers finalized, but we are looking at around 15 girls, give or take a few. We already have a theme of "Dance Off" and some music picked out, and costumes picked out so the only help we need is in the choreography. We've brainstormed a few ideas for a small incentive for helping us out as well. If you are willing to help us out, I would appreciate it. Looking forward to hearing from you!”

Jessica Chojnacki, Vice President of Academic Development
Chi Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi

Jerome Robbins Fellowship
The Bogliasco Foundation announces the availability of the Jerome Robbins Fellowship for American choreographers for the spring semester of 2010. Attached is a press release announcing and outlining the terms of this special Fellowship. The application deadline for spring 2010 is April 15, 2009. We encourage interested candidates to visit the Foundation’s website, which provides more detailed information about the Liguria Study Center for Arts and Humanities and its Fellowship program.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is delighted to announce QS World Arts Tour - Asia, an exciting and sophisticated new venture that will breathe life into your international activity and raise your profile in key Asian communities.

In response to the increasing demand from creative and performing arts institutions for a specialized Asian marketing and student recruitment facility, QS World Arts Tour is a unique annual series of dedicated promotional Festivals taking place in Seoul, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in February and March 2010. The Festivals will be staged in an environment uniquely prepared for the particular cultures of the creative and performing arts and for the special people that teach and practice them.

QS World Arts Tour Festivals will comprise student recruitment fairs with provision for viewing portfolios of creative arts and for on-the-spot auditions for performing arts. Performances and displays by students, auctions of students’ work, seminars presenting international arts study and career opportunities will complete this rich presentation.

Book your participation now for this unrepeatable privilege! Contact us for details and visit us online.

OhioDance Festival -- Dance Matters: Moving Images
April 3-4, 2009 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
Co-sponsored by OhioDance and Ohio University School of Dance.
All classes held in Putnam Hall.

Friday, April 3 – Moving Images International Dance Film Festival. Open to the public, with free admission. Film showings: 1:00pm-3:00pm, 4:30pm-6:30pm and 7:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, April 4, 9:00am to 5:00pm – Master Classes, professional audition and an awards reception followed by the OhioDance showcase in the Shirley Wimmer Theatre, Putnam Hall.

Award recipients include Lynn Deering, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dance art form and Madeline Scott for outstanding contributions to the advancement of dance education. Deering is Director of Dance and Artistic Director of the dance company at Cleveland State University. Scott is the Director of the School of Dance at Ohio University.

Dance Audition and Master Workshop for dancers attending the OhioDance festival: Representatives auditioning: Travis Gatling, Zelma Badu-Younge, faculty of Ohio University's School of Dance, Athens (no scholarships); Michael Groomes, SMAG Dance Collective, Dayton; Laurie Bell, Director of Dance, Ohio Northern University, Ada; Verb Ballets, Cleveland; Susan Brooker, Academy Director, BalletMet Columbus, full time pre-pro and summer intensives; and Megan Pitcher, MegLouise Dance, Cleveland.

Acknowledgements for this year’s festival include Ohio Arts Council, Capezio, Inc., Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, NiSource, r design & printing, Arts for Ohio, Zelma Badu-Younge, Paschal Yao Younge, Athena Cinema, and Co-sponsor Ohio University School of Dance.

For more information, please contact Jane D'Angelo by phone at 614-224-2913 or by email at, or visit the OhioDance website.

Jacob’s Pillow
Special opportunity at Jacob’s Pillow this summer for choreographers and directors. The 2009 Choreographers Lab: Dance and Theatre Collaborations will run August 25 to September 2. Six choreographers and six directors/dramaturges will be selected from an international pool of applicants to generate dance material that supports, mines, and advances theatrical text. Applications are due March 30, 2009. For more information or to apply, visit our website.

Quarterly Funding Initiatives and Department Scholarship
Application deadline is 5:00pm Friday, February 20, 2009, for projects in Spring and Summer Quarters and 2009-2010 Scholarships. Late applications will not be accepted. Please see attached for an application.

Dance Preservation Fund
The Dance Preservation Fund has been established to further the recording of dance through awards to emeritus and current faculty and students; graduates of the department, visiting artists, researchers, and notators who are in residence in the Department of Dance would also be eligible for funding. Approximately $15,000 will be available annually. Application should be made by Wednesday, April 1, 2008. Application review will be made by the Dance Notation Bureau Extension Committee with one invited faculty member. Notification of results will be made within three weeks. Please see the attached two documents for more information and an application.

Many of you know that you may borrow cameras, tripods and other equipment from Melissa in room 032, but we encourage you to also acquaint yourself with all of the fabulous resources available to you through Classroom Services. As demand for equipment increases through Spring quarter, it is a great option to utilize for your important projects. Here is what they offer. Please visit the Classroom Services equipment webpage for more information!

Many thanks
to all the faculty and students and staff who worked long hours to host and welcome the next class of graduate student candidates. Your teamwork and generosity of spirit are appreciated by many. Auditionees talk frequently of their positive impressions thanks to you all. At the end of this week, we will be hosting the next and last group of auditionees for the undergraduate program. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and volunteerism.

Hannah Kosstrin’s paper titled, "Of Dreams and Prayers: Topographies of Anna Sokolow's Holocaust Work During and After World War II" has been accepted for presentation at the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) conference in June. Hannah, a PhD student is also on SDHS board.

A Word from the Undergraduate Studies Chair:

It's that time again! On Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, we will be holding our Winter Quarter undergraduate auditions. We have around 50 dance students from Ohio and across the U. S. coming to audition for our program. It is needless to say a stressful time for them, so please do what you can to make these important visitors and their families welcome in our department.

Many of you Undergraduates have volunteered to help with the audition and we really appreciate your time and energy. My trusty sidekicks Daniela Wancier, Anna Reed, and Julie Fox are doing a wonderful job in coordinating the two days. A master schedule will be posted early next week.

As part of Open Class day on Friday, we will have a showing Of Ming-Shen Ku's repertory work-in-progress in Studio 1 at 12:30pm. She will also talk about her work. All are welcome to this event. Also, Susan Hadley will be teaching an extra modern class at 8:45am to accommodate our visitors.

Thank you all again for your cooperation and good vibes. You are the reason we are the best of the best! Go Bucks!

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