Friday, March 06, 2009

Week 10 Announcements: March 8-14

Featured photo: Cyclone, a photograph by Stephanie Matthews.
See details below under "kudos and shout-outs"

OSU Dance Winter Concert: This Season
March 12-14, 2009; 8pm in the Sullivant Hall Theatre

Relay for Life
Interested in becoming a part of a great cause? How about RELAY FOR LIFE? Two Freshmen, Theresa Elwell and Alex Vetrano, have created a group, Dancers for a Cure, that will be participating in the event on May 9th. This is a great way for the department to bond as a community and to proudly walk in hopes of finding a cure for cancer. If you are interested, please email Theresa - or Alex -, to get the information on how to join!

Bring your brown bag lunch and stay for a dessert reception afterwards.
Friday March 13th, 10:30am-12:00pm,
Sullivant Theater

If you are normally in class at 10:30am you are required to be at the Informance. Faculty, please take attendance. Everyone invited. Special announcements. Due to mandated spending reductions (we're not calling it a budget cut) we cannot provide a full spread of a lunch for everyone. We thought we could meet in the middle and share the pain: the department will provide drinks, fruit, dessert and you bring whatever else you need. We will still enjoy each other's company, and relax a little following the Informance.

Project XXY is the collaborative distinction project of graduating seniors Jeff Marras, Jamie Murzynowski, and Yolanda Royster that brings together this exuberant trio’s creative talents in an extraordinary performance. Presented @ The EMMA Lab of The Ohio State University April 23-25, 2009. For more information on this performance check out the project website.

Perform in the South Campus Gateway
South Campus Gateway invites OSU student artists to perform (music, theatre, dance, etc) at Gateway. Performances venues include The "Alley" (outdoor public area), in the lobby of Landmark's Gateway Theater and inside various coffee shops & restaurants. The schedule is almost unlimited. The artists may choose the date(s)/time(s). Performances can be scheduled now thru the end of the year. Please contact Jerry Johnson at to schedule your performance or for more information.

Collaborative Opportunity with Shawn Wallace of 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 contac Shawn Wallace, Professor of Music at or 614-439-4245. Graduate Teaching Associates within the Department of Dance, please share this opportunity with your elective students.

Buckeye Showcase: An Evening for the Arts
April 22nd, 2009; 7:30-9:30pm
Mershon Auditorium
Free for anyone from Ohio State, $5 for the community
Do you have an amazing talent that you never get to showcase? Are you in a performance group that is looking for a chance to show Ohio State what you can do? We are looking for you! Major Campus Events is looking for performances from Ohio State students that have a talent that they want to showcase.

We are really trying to find diverse talents that people have throughout campus – it does not matter what major you are in – we want you to Audition or send in your YouTube video or DVD of your talents so we can let you know if you have been selected for the evening! We are also looking for artists to display artwork in our gallery before the performances begin! Contact Emily Madden if you have questions at

Homeless Family Foundation
My name is Brianna Lombardi and I am a member of Phi Sigma Pi, an national honor fraternity here at OSU. On April 17 we will be having a lock-in with the Homeless Families Foundation at the Dowd Center in Columbus, Ohio. Many of the children that will be attending the lock-in enjoy dancing. I was wondering if there was any faculty, or graduate student that would be interested in teaching a short hip-hop routine to the kids at the lock-in. The lock-in will provide these homeless children a night of fun and opportunities of events they would not normally have. If anyone would be interested please let me know:

Across The Threshold: Creativity, Being, & Healing
The time is fast approaching for Across The Threshold: Creativity, Being & Healing – a Conference to be held at Duke University March 19-22, 2009. It's going to be an incredibly rich event, bringing together scholars and practitioners from scientific, creative, and mystical disciplines to explore and share transformative paths leading to integration of mind, body and spirit. Featured guests include author/anthropologist Bradford Keeney, renowned South African dancer Vincent Mantsoe, choreographer and cultural ambassador Dr. Chuck Davis and visual artist Cici Stevens. In addition, the conference is packed with workshops, lectures, performances, and demonstrations featuring presenters from around the world. We hope you can join us! Go here for more information, or to register.

A well-known and well-connected local children's dramatics program has available an unpaid internship for a dance student for Spring Quarter. They are preparing a program based on "A Chorus Line." They need choreography for several numbers. The commitment would be between March 10 and sometime in early June. The time commitment is every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00. The program includes 7 or 8 children in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Please call Imaginating Dramatics, located in Grandview at 1634 W. 1st Avenue, (614) 486-0594. Ask for Jill Eliot.

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Applications Now Being Accepted!
It is that time of year – the time to begin thinking about presenting your research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. The Denman will be held this year on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 in the RPAC. Applications for the 2009 Denman Forum are now available on line. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

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 space 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.

Congrats to Annie Kloppenberg and cast and to Kate Enright and cast for having been selected to present their work at the Movement Research Judson Church Series on March 23. This is part of an exchange program with MR whereby one of their Artist in Residence comes here to work and do a little teaching during the Columbus Dance Festival, and one or two of our grads present their work in NYC. (this June we will have Yvonne Maier here for two weeks)

Cyclone, a photograph by Stephanie Matthews (see image at top of post) featuring OSU grad Jessica DiBattista is one of 34 images accepted into the 2009 international juried exhibition at the Ethel Walker School of Art Gallery, Simsbury, CT– which drew entrants from 19 states and 7 countries. Stephanie Matthews photograph everywoman was also the Commendation Prize Winner in the adult category by the Connecticut Valley Regional Ballet Co and Ethel Walker School. She received a cash prize, certificate and the image will be on display at their gallery and on the website beginning April 1, 2009. See Stephanie Matthews' website for more beautiful images of dancers in motion.

Photography and Video Services
Matt Mascaro has a jpg compilation cd of the photos he took of the performances last weekend at the Riffe Center. You can get one from him at Haskett Hall. He admits that some of the pics are hopelessly unflattering as he had no time to edit, but there are a lot of interesting pictures. The cd contains small unaltered jpg files good enough for email. He could provide bigger files that are enhanced if anyone likes a particular shot, just let him know the photo #.

Also, Matt could be persuaded to tape or photograph your dance (projects/practices) in the future with better lighting situations, locations, etc. He is at OSU for grad school in the Art Dept. and often has free time to shoot. He loves to capture dance on video, especially modern. You can contact him at

Lab security
Attention Grads, Faculty, and Staff: Please remember if you are the last person to leave the media lab to turn off all the lights and activate the security alarm. There have been several reports over the last week concerning this lapse in the security of our shared equipment and space. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Studio Space Requests
Colleagues and students: there will be changes for studio spaces next week due to the Winter concert. For those who requested night rehearsals please see the updated posted studio space next Monday to see the changes. On finals week there aren't many requests but remember classes have priority and you might not get the space you want.

And finally, for those who wish to have space for next quarter please submit your space request now. For those that submitted a request from this quarter to the next, please resubmit your request. There will be a new and updated version of the space request form available after next week for you to fill out.

Columbus Arts Card

Did you know purchasing a Columbus Arts Card gets you many discounted and 2 for 1 tickets to many arts organizations in town? Just $25 a year for students and substantial savings for BalletMet, Wexner, Theatre companies, etc.

Enjoy your last week with Nik Haffner and with Ming Shen Ku. Many thanks to Ming Shen and to Nik for all that you have shared and provided to the students and the department.

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