Friday, May 08, 2009

Week 7 Announcements: May 10-16

Featured photo: Dance Downtown rehearsal of "Still Time." Photo by Maree ReMalia.

Between Eye and I
May 16-17 at Franklin Park
A site-specific work choreographed and conceived by Noelle Chun and Yu Xiao. This collaboration of choreographers, musicians, and dancers represent a melding of traditional and contemporary backgrounds, aesthetics, and interests in making dance works. Based on improvisational practices and scores. It explores a visual relationship between bodies and un/natural landscapes provided by Franklin Park.

For more information, visit the Foreground Dance website or email

With All My Heart
Sunday, May 17 at 7pm
An expression of Praise & Worship through the Arts presented by Deborah Billow and Cortney Crenshaw

We seek to bring the embodied worship experience outside of its normal setting of a church, and allow it to be experienced, viewed, and understood. We want to educate the viewers about how Christians use the arts to express Worship and Praise through a full-bodied expression we call dance. Our program also features music, mime, poetry and visual arts. A reception will follow the program. All proceeds benefit the Mid Ohio Food Bank. Come and Support!

Graduate Research Forum
Karen Eliot will lead a graduate research forum on Wednesday, May 13 from 7-9pm in the conference room. This is an informal session that will give students a chance to ask questions about how to present research at conferences and how to negotiate differences between presenting at interdisciplinary conferences and conferences in our field. Those who have recently presented at conferences as well as those who are about to go to conferences are invited to attend. If time permits, we will also talk about how to get your work published in conference proceedings and how to adapt your conference papers for publication in scholarly journals. We will start with research presentations by Julie Cruse and Hannah Kosstrin followed by a Q and A session. We will then open up to a more general discussion.
All students and faculty are welcome.

The First Year MFA candidates in the Department of Dance will be presenting "SIP", an informal showing of our current work, at 7:00pm on Friday, May 15 in Studio 1 in Sullivant Hall. This event is intended as an evening of sharing our work with one another, friends, faculty, colleagues, and community. The work being presented will be mostly in-progress, and as such, we hope that dialogue and feedback might be part of the sharing process.
This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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.

Columbus Summer Dance Festival
OSU Dance and Columbus Movement Movement (cm2) invite you to come dance this summer in the second annual Columbus Summer Dance Festival from June 15-June 27. The festival integrates two exciting weeks of contemporary approaches to ballet, modern, hip hop, and yoga with a vibrant teaching faculty, whose creative passions and teaching philosophies underscore a contemporary approach to movement forms.

Artists include Movement Research Artist-in- Residence Yvonne Meier; New York-based hip-hop artist Manwe; former Cuban Ballet and Elisa Monte dancer Marden Ramos; yoga teacher extraordinaire Laurel Hodory, and dynamic, articulate teacher/choreographer Meghan Durham, director of Meghan Durham/Merge Dance. Two master classes will feature a Horton based technique with Maria Glimcher, and improvisation technique with Noelle Chun, blending into an open jam on Saturday, June 20th.

The festival offers three class periods a day, including two morning technique classes, followed by an intensive repertory experience each afternoon. Repertory participants will be creating new works with professional choreographers to perform in a final festival showing. Other festival performances include a Guest Artist concert, including a new quartet by Guest company GroundWorks Dancetheater from Cleveland; a curated evening of highlights from the past five years of showcases by festival co-sponsor Columbus Movement Movement cm2. More info at

The Popular Music Working Group will hold its May meeting at 11:30am on Friday, May 15 in the Hagerty CafĂ©. We're reading Tricia Rose's The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop ¬and Why It Matters (New York: Basic Books, 2008 - link). The discussion is open to any faculty and/or graduate students interested to be involved.

The Group was formed by graduate students, from various departments, with shared interests in the study of popular music, for the purpose of providing a forum in which to discuss interests that span feminist theory, race and ethnicity studies, social and political theory, and aesthetics. Among others, of courses.

Forsythe Gallery Talk

Charles Helm, the Wexner Center's director of performing arts and the curator of William Forsythe: Transfigurations , shares his insights this Wednesday (05/13/09) at 12:30pm on Forsythe's practice and the cross-campus collaborations that contributed to this exhibition.

Night of Electronic Music
Please join us for an evening of Electronic and computer based music. Original works by Anthony Vine, Robert Lunn, Benjamin Williams, Luis Obregon and Michael Wall. The concert is free and will happen in Sullivant Theater on Friday, May 22 at 8pm. For more information please contact Michael Wall at

Bebe Miller is being awarded an honorary doctorate from Ursinus College, a small liberal arts college in eastern Pennsylvania, on May 15 in recognition of her significant international career as a choreographer and her leadership in professional and academic related initiatives.

Leigh Lotocki was honored by Deans Leitzel and Roberts with an "Excellence in Scholarship Award" at an Arts and Sciences Spring Recognition Reception on April 22. Congratulations to Leigh!

Jeff Marras presented an excerpt of Project XXY at the Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Colloquium and Reception on May 5, hosted by Interim Dean John Roberts. It was about time there was gender bending, pop culture quoting, smart and rigorous modern dance on the carpet of the Faculty Club!

Robyn Young was selected by College of the Arts to be honored by Dr. Gee at this year’s President Salute to Undergraduate Academic Achievement on April 30. Robyn in turn invited Dr. Dixon to join her at the dinner, and share the recognition of Robyn’s achievements.

Yolanda Royster has accepted a position as Production Intern at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City. She is bound for greatness – and – in case you didn’t know she called the entire Dance Downtown show...

Undergraduates considering a minor: Here's one you might not know about that is an interesting intersection with dance and could lead to a career utilizing yoga, advanced study in dance therapy, fitness, etc. Check it out!

"The Spring group meeting for information about the minor, "Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness" will be held Wednesday, May 20, from 4-5pm in Rm 116 Atwell Hall. I look forward to meeting you!" Maryanna D. Klatt. Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Allied Medicine;

Several opportunities, including available positions at Laurel School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Oklahoma City University have been added to OSUDance's job board in the past week. Check back often!

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Seeking male dancer with strong and diverse training needed for the 2009-2010 Season. Full-Time position with excellent pay. Resume and picture required for audition.
June 9-10, from 12-4pm at Harlem School of the Arts, 645 Saint Nicholas Ave., NYC. Call back on June 12. For more information go to their website.

Visit the Dance Intensives page on the OSU Dance website for complete listing.

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project & DAFRA Drum Ensemble

In association with Napam Beogo/Center for Artisans and Visual Arts present OUAGADOUGOU Dance and Drum! Study West African Dance and Drumming in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso For Two Weeks This Summer! August 1-15th. Dance: Traditional Manding, Gourmanche, Gourounsi, Warba Contemporary African Dance and Improvisation. Drum: Djembe, Dun Dun, Balafon. For further questions and more information download the flyer, email, call Esther Baker-Tarpaga at 323-641-7476 or visit the website.

Congratulations to all involved in Dance Downtown - backstage hands, wardrobe helpers, designers, choreographers, dancers, audience developers... Stunning concert, beautifully danced... And thank you for all you all did to bring in good audiences.
- Susan VP Petry

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