Friday, April 17, 2009

Week 4 Announcements: April 19-25

Featured photo: Vicky DeRenzo and Katie Stehura in Daniela Wancier's re/made, featured in last week's MFA Concert 3x3x3. More photos of this event can be found here.

Featured photo: President Gee (with Chair Susan Van Pelt Petry) stops by to watch the open rehearsal of Susan Hadley's Blue Grass, to be featured at Dance Downtown 2009: Face Time this May. See below for event details.

Canaries in a Coal Mine: Artists in Lands of Conflict
Monday, April 20 at 7pm in Sullivant Hall Theatre
This dance on camera/documentary was created over the past 9 months--shot on location in Israel, Jordan, and the US. James Graham interviewed 10 artists with varying backgrounds and also filmed site-specific dance solos in the old city of Jaffa, the Dead Sea, and Petra. The 35 min. video looks at the role(s) of artists in areas of conflict. These artists explore their relationships to Politics, Religion, and Art, shedding light on these intense situations many people face.

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 checkout the project website. Those of you out-of-towners that are unable to attend the experiment can enjoy its full intensity from the comfort of your own home. Each night we will broadcast through a website called You can go to this link to directly connect yourself to the live feed.

Announcing the first annual (if not only AND very unofficial) Departmental No-Talent Talent Gong Show. Wednesday, May 20; 7pm in Sullivant Theatre
For rules, regulations, disclaimers, and registration please see the attached flyer. If you are not familiar with the original wacky and zany Gong Show or want to reminisce, make sure to watch this video.

3x3x3 Feedback Session
The choreographers of 3x3x3 (Kate, Sara, and Daniela) would like to invite the department to a feedback session on Friday, April 24 at 2:45pm in Sullivant Theater. Please come and share your thoughts, questions, and ideas about the performance. We look forward to talking with you!

Folclor Hispano is a Student dance group at The Ohio State Universtiy that strives to learn and perform traditional folkloric dances of Spanish speaking countries. These countries include Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Chile, Spain, Peru and Bolivia.

Folclor Hispano has performed in the community at several events representing the Hispanic/Latin culture. Among these events are Fiesta in the Fall and Noche Latina, which is our annual spring performance

Joining a student organization is an excellent way to meet other students and become part of a smaller community. We hope that you will take the opportunity to join Folclor Hispano. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of age, ethnicity, or profession.

We are inviting you today to come to our Annual Performance at the Fawcett Center Auditorium. Parking is free! Tickets are also free and we will begin dispersing them at 7:15pm on a first come first serve basis. We will also have a special performance from "Trio Imperial" musical group starting at 7:30pm when the auditorium doors will open. The performance will begin at 8pm and we hope to see you there! Please see attached flyer for more information.

Hixon Dance presents Airs and Dances
an evening of live music and dance
Friday April 17 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 18 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 19 at 2:00pm
Friday, April 24 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 25 at 8:00pm
The Fisher Theatre at Columbus Dance Theatre
592 E. Main Street, Columbus, OH

Hixon Dance will be presenting four new works in our upcoming show "Airs and Dances" with all live musical accompaniment! Featured music includes works by Debussy, Poulenc, and local composer Jacob Reed. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Sold at the door, or in advance. For more information, please visit the Hixon Dance website.

May 7–9, 2009
Thursday – Saturday, 8 pm
Saturday matinée, 3 pm
Riffe Center’s Capitol Theater
77 South High Street, Downtown Columbus

$18 general admission
$13 seniors, students with ID,
BuckID, children under 12
$10 groups of 10 or more

CAPA: (614) 469-0939
OSU Theatre Box Office in Drake Union. (614) 292-2295
Ticketmaster: (614) 431-3600or

“Brown Bag” sneak previews of Dance Downtown are scheduled at the OSU Urban Arts Space, 50 W Town St. Wednesdays, April 22 & 29 at noon. Both events are free.

Face time with the dancers! Throughout the month of April rehearsals for the May concert will be open to the public. Monday – Thursday, 12:30-2:30pm. Studios 1, 2 & 3 in Sullivant Hall. Enter the northwest doors facing the oval and follow the signs.

Visit the Dance Downtown 2009 website for more info, including videos, profiles and photo galleries!

Here is your chance to win a spot performing in what The New York Times calls "The Best of 2008" ---The Fire Island Dance Festival (FIDF):
The DRA Rising Star Competition is looking for a dancer or group of dancers (ages 7-25) to perform on the famous stage at FIDF alongside world renowned dancers. Past performers have included Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Desmond Richardson, Martha Graham Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Merce Cunningham, Atlanta Ballet, Travis and Ivan from So You Think You Can Dance, Jason Samuel Smith, Rasta Thomas and The Bad Boys of Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group and many more (visit click on Events> Past Events> FIDF)

The DRA Rising Star Competition will take place on May 16, 2009 at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station, NY and is open to dancers ages 7-25. Competitors will perform for an exclusive panel of judges, receive a free gift bag and community service letter from DRA. Platinum, Gold, High Silver, Silver, special awards and scholarships will be awarded and The DRA Rising Star will be offered an exclusive performance spot alongside world-famous dance companies on the distinguished stage of the Fire Island Dance Festival Fifteen. For more information visit the website.

New Eurhythmics Course This Summer
Dalcroze Eurhythmics (Music 757) with Dr. Susan Chess
Credit Hours: 3
MWF First Term 3:30-5:30 PM
Studio 2 in Sullivant Hall, OSU Department of Dance
Participants from all majors and experience levels are welcome to enroll. Dalcroze Eurhythmics is an approach to teaching music that was devised by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze teaching musical concepts in the context of movement. Class activities will include working with the concepts of pulse, accent, meter, rhythm, upbeat, downbeat, form, phrase, and tone color. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with movement, playing instruments, manipulating and creating text, vocalizing rhythms, working with props, and creating music in a non-threatening environment. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Susan Chess at:

Check out Melissa Starker's article on Jenai Cutcher's "Thinking on Their Feet: Women of the Tap Renaissance" in the recent Alive! Jenai was also featured in the Dispatch. Click to read Joe Blundo's "Tap-happy dance style clicks with filmmaker." Congrats Jenai!

Remember to check out our dance intensives page on the OSUDance website for complete listings! It is linked to the current student resources page under " travel, research and seasonal dance opportunities"

Hedwig Dances Weekend Intensive: a workshop integrating movement and video
Artistic director Jan Bartoszek leads an intensive workshop that begins with a modern class followed by learning select excerpts from Hedwig Dances' current repertoire. Participants will explore movement improvisation and compose studies that integrate video with dance.
Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Cultural Center, 1st Floor Dance Studio
78 E. Washington (at Randolph)
Fee: $160 (Early Bird Special, $125 by April 15)
Open to Intermediate and Advanced Dancers
Information and Registration can be found here.

Laban International Courses in Continuation (LinCC) 2009
Art of Movement Holiday Course Creative Movement for All
August 23-29, 2009 in Lago d’Orta – Italy
LinCC is a refreshing creative community experienced through dance; a genuine cultural event.
Delegates are men and women professionally and as laymen working with dance in
• the performing arts
• in healing
• in the community
• in education
LinCC offers different ways of working. In Laban Studies those who already work with Laban principles can join advanced projects and deepen their knowledge. Beginners can join introductory work and get a taste. All other courses are absolutely non-dependent upon any pre-knowledge in anything – ‘a creative journey’. For more information visit the website.

Housing opportunity in NYC for the summer from an alum:
From Haley Blair, BFA, 2007: My brother and I live together in New York in a great happening neighborhood in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Second Ave. in between 89th and 90th Streets to be exact. We live in a gorgeous tri-level apartment. We have a small room on our first floor (right next to the full bathroom and full kitchen) available for the summer for a mere $675 a month (we could possibly negotiate down a little). If anyone is looking for a place to stay this summer while attending an intensive, just taking classes, working, or just frolicking in NYC please feel free to contact us! My brother and I are both fun, easy-going, clean, and busy people. Our neighborhood is very safe, and close to all transportation. Haley Blair:

Featured photo: Kathryn Enright and Corey Harrower in Enright's work Almost, Not Quite featured in last week's MFA Concert 3x3x3. More photos of this event can be found here.

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