Friday, April 24, 2009

Week 5 Announcements: April 26-May 2

Featured photo: Susan Hadley and cast of Blue Grass speaking with the audience at last week's Brown Bag at the OSU Urban Arts Space. For details, video previews and profile galleries, visit the Dance Downtown webpage. Photo by Eva Dujardin Dale.


Featured video: OSU dancers perform selections from Ivory Dances by Melanie Bales
at last week's Brown Bag. Video by Eva Dujardin Dale.


DCDC2 To Present: Rendering 1968
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s apprentice ensemble (DCDC2) will present new dance works in Rendering 1968. Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre, in Kennedy Union located on campus. Tickets are $12 adult and $8 student/senior. For more information about Rendering 1968 and to purchase tickets, please contact DCDC offices at 937-228-3232 ext. 110, or go online.

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 ticketmaster.com.

“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!


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.

Dispatch Printing Company and Jazz Arts Group present a Concert for Columbus
Free event recognizes CJO patronage and benefits Mid-Ohio Foodbank Columbus, Ohio. Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person to benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank (MOFB). Monetary donations (cash/check only) to MOFB will also be accepted. Seating is first-come, first-served with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Parking is available in the City Center garage for a $5 pre-pay charge. The concert will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

Spring Fling Dance Thing in honor of Hair Style Appreciation Day
Thursday, April 30 at 12:00pm in the Middle of the Oval at OSU
Spontaneous dancing to Kate Bush. We request that each dancer adjusts their hair, wears a wig, creates a poster or just wears red in honor of this very special day. We will provide two of Kate Bush's most creative songs. At the beginning of the music, we request that you begin dancing. At the end of the music, all dancers will disperse. We joyously look forward to seeing you on the 30th! Sincerely, Late Night Indian Food Collective

ACCAD's Annual Spring Open House:
Friday, May 8; 4pm-7 pm.
We had some interesting projects this year that will be featured, along with student thesis work, animations and interactive media research:

a. ProMusica - Thurber Dogs | Link
b. The Bakery Shop | Link
c. Synchronous Objects | Link

The event is free and open to the public. Parking in front of 1224 Kinnear will be available (not ticketed) between 3:30pm-7:30pm. Food and drink on hand. For directions, click here.




Beth Genné and Christian Matjias
Thursday, April 30
Beth Genné and Christian Matjias are Visiting Scholars from the Department of Dance at the University of Michigan. Dr. Genné will present "Swine Lake: American Satire on Russian Ballet" in Dance 357 Popular Culture from 12:30 to 2:18 in the Sullivant Theatre.

Dr. Genné and Christian Matjias will co-present research from the "Hidden Balanchine" project in Dance 894 History/Theory/Literature of Choreography from 4:30 to 6:30 in the Conference Room, 020. All are welcome to attend.

TaKetiNa Master Classes
TaKetiNa, is sort of a marriage between hand drumming and eurythmics. GMSA is using SOURCE funding to bring in Mary Kogen, certified TaKeTiNa instructor to lead a series of presentations and sessions.

Here is the schedule: (all in Hughes 109)
Friday 3pm-5pm: TaKeTiNa session.
Saturday 10am-11am: presentation: Learning Through Rhythm and Movement and 3pm-5pm: TaKeTiNa session.
Sunday 10am-11am: presentation: Communication Skills for the Music Educator and 2pm-4pm: TaKeTiNa session.


John Giffin has received a Dance Teacher Magazine Award in recognition of his teaching in higher education since 1984! This is a national award that will be presented in New York City in the summer. What a timely and wonderful recognition! More info to come....

Erika Harris and Robyn Young perform at Camp City Year at Windsor Academy
Erica Harris and Robyn Young have won the Undergraduate Student Award from the Multicultural Center here at OSU. They were nominated and were selected as undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and have made an impact on the University community through their advocacy as demonstrated through their senior project in the fall and their on-going outreach throughout the year as they have performed their repertory in several schools. The ceremony will be on May 18, and congratulations to Erica and Robyn and their advisor Dr. Dixon.


Shout outs to Maungsai Somboon (grad) for tuition scholarship to American Dance Festival this summer; for Daniel Holt internship at Bates Dance Festival working with Carrie Cox; and Yolanda Royster full year Internship with Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City..... Congratulations all.

OSU Big 10 Network is featuring women students in research and interviewed Mary Twohig and Lillian Skove about the Synchronous Objects project. Stay tuned for airing.


Department Visitors
Twenty to thirty 8th grade students from the Columbus City Schools will be visiting the department from 10:30 to 12:00 on Friday, May 1st as part of "Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Day." This program is designed 1) to introduce students to the kind of work that happens in the arts, humanities and social sciences through hands-on workshops and talking to faculty and graduate students and 2) to positively impact college aspirations. The students will be observing technique classes and then working with the Synchronous Objects website in the media lab. If any faculty or graduate students are free during that time and would like to stop by the media lab and talk to the students please join us! And everyone, I really appreciate your help in welcoming these students! Thanks, Anna Reed

Bake Sale
The freshmen class has registered a team to participate in Relay For Life. There are having a bake sale fundraiser on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:00pm, right outside the MediaLab. Stop by, buy a treat and support a good cause!




These past two weeks have brought us the choreographic, performance, and production talents of several grads and undergrads. Reflecting on Kate, Sarah, and Daniella’s concert last week, and then Jeff, Jamie, and Yolanda’s concert this past weekend, I am struck by the amazing amount of talent around here - and the palpable sense of work, discovery, discipline, and excitement in ALL the work... a big personal thank you for the work you put into it, and to your dancers and collaborators.

Thanks to the creative team of James Graham, Lindsay LaPointe, Teoma Naccarato, Rachael Leyva, led and directed by Shawn Hove, supported by Melissa Bontempo and Michael Wall, and inspired by the words and work of Vicki Uris, Melanie Bales, Susan Hadley, Ming Shen Ku and all their dancers, the “3 minute” videos for Dance Downtown are alive and wonderful! Check them out on the website or click on the playlist below. Thank you team for this “extra” work and participation in building a cooperative culture.

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