Monday, February 09, 2009

Week 7 Announcements: February 15-21

Featured photo: From last weekend's OSUDance performance of Indelible Marks & a portrait, unpacked, featuring works by Annie Kloppenberg and Ashley Thorndike.
Photo by Eric Pacella, The Lantern.

Drums Downtown VI – Sound in Motion
Friday, February 27 & Saturday, February 28
; 8pm
Riffe Center/Capitol Theatre; 77 S. High St.

Drums Downtown VI tickets are now on sale. Call CAPA: (614) 469-0939 or Ticketmaster: (614) 431-3600. Special offer for OSU students! A limited number of $5 tickets go on sale
February 17 and are available at the Ohio Union Information Center at Ohio Stadium (1961 Tuttle Park Place, between stadium gates 22 & 24). Visit Explore Columbus for more information. Featured dance pieces include:
• Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea (choreography by Susan Hadley)
• Telisi Odyssey (choreography by Maria Glimcher)
• before john (choreography and dance by Ming-Lung Yang)
• Terra Firma (choreography and dance by Jenai Cutcher; original score by Joe Krygier)

Percussion Studio
The Percussion Studio at The Ohio State University offers comprehensive training to undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing for careers in music performance, music education and the music industry. The percussion studies program is designed to foster the development of a student’s musicianship, technical proficiency and versatility in all areas of percussion.

This year's Drums Downtown, Sound in Motion, will truly be a multi-disciplinary event! Visit or visit the Percussion Studio's facebook profile to learn more about the continuing collaboration between the OSU Percussion Ensemble, Department of Dance, Department of Art and ACCAD (Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design).

Marius Watz: Artist’s Lecture
Wednesday, February 18 at 4:40pm
Form as Process: Generative Art and Parametric Design
Wexner Center for the Arts
Film and Video Theater

The transition from analog tools to digital software is more significant than a simple translation. The essential nature of software is that of a computational process, capable of rule-based logic and constant transformation of the media that is fed into it. Artists and designers are increasingly looking at computer code as a way to gain greater control over their new tools, but also as a way to create new form of creative expression.

Call for Entries: 14th annual ADF Dancing for the Camera
International Festival of Film and Video Dance

Early Deadline: March 24, 2009 with $30 entry fee
Final Deadline: April 24, 2009 with $40 entry fee

For more information on Dancing for the Camera, including registration, entry forms, and guidelines for submission please visit the American Dance Festival Website. Questions? Contact: or 919.684.6402.

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 2.5 hours, but feel free to enter and leave as you wish. We look forward to it.

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!

Japan Dance Now
On Friday February 20, 2009 at 10:30am, dancers from Japan Dance Now will give a master class in Studio 1. The class is limited to 20 people, and 20 have already signed up, so the sign-up sheet has been taken down. If you are intent upon taking the class but did not make it to the sign-up sheet in time, come to the class, but please wait in the hall. I will try to get you in. On the 20th, Hadley will not teach; students in her class need to either attend the master class (if you are signed-up) or another major technique class. MKB

Visiting Artist: Nik Haffner
Nik Haffner is here 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!

Performers needed for World Thinking Day: February 22, 2009
Thinking Day is a day when Girl Guides around the world celebrate the diversity of cultures that make up our international organization. Girls from kindergarten to 8th grade will be attending this event sponsored by the Dublin Ohio Girl Scout Service Unit. We need performers - dancers, singers, etc. - for the opening ceremony and for the closing ceremony. The times would be 12:45pm and 3:00pm. The performance could last up to 30 minutes. If interested, please contact Stephanie Jones at .

Music and Dance Library
Dear Students and Faculty,
We have wonderful resources in the Music and Dance library and the librarians and staff do all they can to build our dance collection and help us with our teaching and research. However, all libraries are suffering cutbacks. Already our Music and Dance Library has reduced staff and cut back on its hours. Alan Green, the head of the Music and Dance library, has had to curtail spending on new acquisitions of videos, dvds, books and journal subscriptions. We want to stave off any further reductions! Some campus libraries are being eliminated and some are merging. Please make use of our library as much as possible! Order your cds and videos and check out journals and books freely. This activity is necessary to show the library administration that we maintain a vital relationship with our dance-friendly library. I will quote from a note sent around by Alan Green: "It appears we are in a 'use it or lose it' situation, so I would like to encourage our students and faculty to not only visit the library more frequently, but to check out more books, scores, CDs and videos in the coming weeks and months.

Please think about how important this resource is. Even if you just go up there for a quiet place to read, the numbers will substantiate our claims.

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.

Check out Melissa Eisenberg's review of Annie Kloppenberg and Ashley Thorndike's MFA performance: Indelible Marks & a portrait, unpacked in this week's Lantern!

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