Friday, March 26, 2010

Week 1 Announcements: March 24-April 4

Featured photo: OSUDance graduate student Dante Brown improvises a work in the former Sullivant Hall Library space over spring break. This experimental project led by Assistant Professor Esther Baker Tarpaga included a team of collaborators from within and outside the department.

Spring Perspective
Exhibition Dates: March 18-April 2 with performances on April 1 & 2 at 7:30pm at the Urban Arts Space. Four graduate students in the OSU Department of Dance present their Master of Fine Arts projects as exhibition and performance. These works by Lindsay Caddle LaPointe, Lily Skove, Rodney Veal, and Lise Worthen-Chaudhari visit the crossroads of technology and the body, exploring memory, imagination, physiology, and scale. Performances will further activate the four unique physical environments created by each artist. Free and open to all.

The Projects: 
Lindsay Caddle LaPointe’s project, OVERSIZED, involves four dances for the camera celebrating large-scale art of the everyday objects found in the state of Ohio.

Lily Skove's video installation, Continuum, refracts 60 minutes of movement between two women through subverted spaces, scales, and vantage points; confining and opening our sight.

Inspired by the video work of Lincoln Schatz, Rodney Veal’s installation combines sculpture and video as a way to explore memory and movement. This piece, The Persistence of Memory, explores the impact of memory on the issues of race, age, and sexuality.

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari's The Physiology Project: Embedded Arts utilizes motion capture technology to embed the arts in stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Images from this work will be installed for the duration of the exhibition and evening performances will include a demonstration of her improvisational, arts-generative process.

Also, Rashana Smith presents a video short, Seedling, which offers a quick glimpse of behind-the-scenes footage from each piece.

Curated by Dave Covey. Read more about this event here.

Ten Tiny Dances
Friday & Saturday, April 9 & 10, 2010
Two Shows at 7pm & 9pm
South Campus Gateway Black Box Theater, 1550 North High Street
Ten Tiny Dances, created by Portland's Mike Barber in 2002, is a dance performance where 10 artists are confined to a 4 by 4 foot stage. This performance series will be making its premiere in Columbus, Ohio at the South Campus Gateway's Black Box Theater. Artists presenting work include:
Adam Hundt
Available Light Theater (Matt Slaybaugh)
cocoloupedance (Coco Loupe)
Colleen Leonardi
The Express Boatman (Paige Phillips, Javier Berzal)
Noelle Chun
Merge Dance (Meghan Durham)
Red Dirt Dance (Karl Rogers)
Shove Gently Dance (Shawn Hove)

Hands : dancers + artists + musicians. Friday, April 2, 2010 at 8pm and Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 3pm & 8pm at Columbus Dance Theatre.

More info on both shows is available here and here.

Between Eye and I
OSU dance alums Noelle Chun and Yu Xiao have been invited to show their collaborative site-specific work, Between Eye and I, at Columbus' 40th annual Earth Day celebration. The celebration will take place on April 22, 2010 at Franklin Park. Noelle and Yu would like to invite interested OSU dancers to be a part of the project! Dancers can sign up for performance credit under Susan Petry. If you are interested in participating, send an email to

Dance Anywhere is a public art performance that has taken place annually since 2005. The project begins with a simple premise - an open invitation for people to stop, and dance, wherever they are at 12 noon in San Francisco, 3 pm in New York, 8 pm in Paris, and so on around the world. Participants dance on street corners, on the subway, in museums, offices, and parks, and are encouraged to take photos and videos that are later shared on the dance anywhere website and included in a visual art exhibition. This year, dance anywhere will occur on March 26, 2010. Click here for more info.

Youth Advocate Services is a treatment foster care agency that is facilitating a behavioral and mental health group for high-school age young women. They are interested in hosting a session on movement and exercise as a way to relieve stress, engaging the youth’s creativity and possibly inciting interest in dance as expression and release. If any OSU dance students are available Mondays in April from 4:00pm-5:30pm to lead such a session, please contact Elizabeth Thomas with your availability:

The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason
University invites paper proposals for their 4th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Conference. The Conference will take place on Saturday, September 25 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Abstracts of 300 words and a current CV should be sent to Ariella Horwitz ( by May 15, 2010. Please include the title, presenter's name, institutional affiliation, contact information, A/V requests, and any special needs required. Abstracts should be sent as .doc or .rtf file attachments.

Dancing for a Cure
Gretchen Harwood McNally, Nurse Practitioner at the Arthur G. James Hospital and Woman of the Year candidate, is hosting a dance fundraiser “Dancing for a Cure” benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) on April 17, 2010 at the Lodge Bar. Click here for more info.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Faculty Grants for Research on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity.

• Open to all full-time, regular Ohio State University Faculty. The number of grants depends on availability of funds and grants may not exceed $3,500 for a 12-month period. Requests for smaller amounts will be highly competitive; in some cases, partial funding for a proposal may be possible.

• Open to all Ohio State University Ph.D. Candidates Working on Dissertations and Students in a Terminal Masters Degree or MFA Program Working on Creative Projects or Theses. The number of grants depends on availability of funds and grants may not exceed $1,000 for a 12-month period.

Instructions for applying and application forms can be found here. Click on “Coca-Cola CDW for Faculty” or “Coca-Cola CDW for Advanced Graduate Students.” The Cover Sheet and Preliminary Budget Sheet can be downloaded by clicking on each of them at the end of the instructions. If you are unable to download the necessary forms, they can be obtained from the Department of Women’s Studies. Contact Professor Cathy A. Rakowski at Deadline: All materials must be received no later than April 9, 2010. Award decisions will be made public by June 1, 2010. The term of the grant is for 12 months, beginning July 1, 2010 and ending June 31, 2011.

Dr. Karen Mozingo, lecturer in the Department of Theatre, is offering the following graduate level seminar in the spring.

Theatre 802.06 – Graduate Seminar (5 credits)
Acting the Body/Dancing the Word: Dance and Physical Theatre, 1900-present 
In this seminar, we will study the visual and written literature of Western physical theatre and dance theatre genres from the early 20th century to the present. Topics will trace the development of modernist movements such as DaDa, Ausdruckstanz, and biomechanics; the Judson Church, European Tanztheater, and the American dance theatre movements of the 1970s, 80s and 90s; to contemporary physical and dance theatre works by companies such as DV8, Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, Sasha Waltz, and Goat Island. Theoretical readings will include writings of Artaud, Grotowski, Merleau-Ponty and others who have contributed to practices and theories of the “body” in performance.

Two New Electronic Research Support Tools Introducing Research Online and e-Protocol. 
OSU is pleased to announce the launch of two new electronic tools to support student research activities. Read more here.

As a part of this year’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, the ACHA Coalition of Allies for LGBT Health will be facilitating a panel presentation entitled “We Are the LGBT Students.” The coalition leadership is currently seeking interested LGBT students (undergraduate or graduate) who may be interested in being a part of our panel to take place on Thursday, June 3rd from 3:45pm -5:15pm. Students who are interested in being on this panel should reply to Jason Robertson, chair-elect of the Coalition of Allies for LGBT Health, as soon as possible at

Yoga and Body-Mind Centering™: The Senses

Anatomy expert, Lisa Clark, is a leading innovator teaching the integration of Yoga and Body-Mind Centering™. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Body-Mind Centering™ looks at the relationship of movement to all the systems of the body, not just the musculo-skeletal system. While muscles and bones are vitally important organizing principles for teaching yoga and movement, we will use this weekend to explore how the body/mind organizes itself around the sense organs and the information they bring us. With the felt impact of sacred poetry this work will help you explore the layers of the skin and touch; proprioception, the vestibular system and balance; hearing; smell, and vision. This weekend of practices will draw the senses inward into meditative, intuitive states of awareness integrating all 8 limbs of yoga. Lisa will use the familiar language of both active and restorative asana and movement in her explorations, and they are immediately applicable to teaching yoga students of all levels.

Students who studied with Lisa last summer found her work to be transformative for their personal practice and work with students and clients. This workshop will be invaluable for yogis with at least Level 2 or Modified Primary series experience, yoga teachers of any style, and body workers and movement professionals (with some yoga experience.) Price includes a special Indian head wrap prop that will be used during the weekend.

Dates: Saturday, May 15, 10:45am-6pm & Sunday, May 16, 9am-4:30pm
Cost: $215.00 if paid by April 16; $240.00 thereafter.

Pirouetteando 2010: 6th International Summer Intensive Course
Four weeks (July 12-August 6) of intensive ballet training in a beautiful, safe, and friendly city: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. No audition needed; Intermediate and Advanced Levels; Optional Tourist Program; Extra Housing information available. For additional information and admission form, please click here.

Join Dance Master Class in Italy for experience of a lifetime. 
The ideal location for a study holiday - set in the ‘Le Marche’ region across from Tuscany, and near the sunny beaches of the Adriatic coast! Study with an internationally renowned faculty offering Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz dance. Perform in the beautiful, restored historic Teatro Bramante. The program also features an elective course in Italian/English language (held daily). Dance Master Class is awarding scholarships to male students to cover the cost of dance tuition fees. Bursary awards offered provide assistance with dance course fees and are also available to eligible female applicants. To sign up, visit the registration site here.

The 10th edition of Ajkun Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive will take place in New York from July 24 through August 21, 2010. The program is offered to Professional Dancers, Dance Students (14 years +, with strong ballet and/or modern dance background) and Dance Teachers wishing to join the Company for the milestone combination of Intensive Training (ballet and modern dance curriculum) and Performance Opportunities. An average of 20 dancers coming from 5 continents/15 countries are accepted every year by audition. To apply for an audition please contact us Ajkun Ballet Theatre at

OSU Alum Tiffany Mills is offering a Summer Intensive in NYC, including company member and OSU Alum Luke Gutgsell.

Tiffany Mills Company
 NYC Summer Workshop June 11-5, 2010

Scholarship Audition: March 22, 24 & 26, 2010*
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 30 
Tuition: $250 (Inquire about partial enrollment)
* Optional Scholarship Audition: March 22nd, 24th, 26th, 12:00pm (Email for audition slot)
. Megan: (503) 740-6682,
. Visit her website here.

Movement Research: Summer MELT 2010: July 5 - August 6, 2010
MELT Intensives are a series of daily workshops in technique, somatics, improvisation, composition and other areas offered each summer (5 or 6 weeks) and winter (3 weeks). Taught by Movement Research's internationally recognized faculty as well as acclaimed guest artists, these workshops provide students with the unique opportunity to engage with some of the most highly regarded an innovative artists in the field of dance today. Click here for more info.

Marcia B. Siegel
Guest Lecture and Book Signing
Thursday, April 1; 4:30pm
Studio 5 Whitebox (142 Sullivant Hall)

“This remarkable collection reconfirms Marcia B. Siegel’s stature as one of our most penetrating observers of dance. Ranging from Diaghilev to Balanchine, Forsythe, and Tharp, it masterfully explores issues of history, reinvention, and artistic change in the world of twentieth-century ballet, while evoking memorable artists and performances.” Lynn Garafola, author of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance)

Marcia B. Siegel is the author of six books, including Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance (2006), Days on Earth: The Dance of Doris Humphrey ( 1987), and the classic study The Shapes of Change Images of American Dance (1979). She has been a resident faculty member at New York University and is an internationally known lecturer and workshop leader.

Tuesday, March 30
Freshmen technique
8:45-10:15am in Studio 1

March 31
Noh Theatre Masterclass
10:30am-12pm in Studio 1

Brown Bag: Noh Theatre Lec/Dem, Q & A
12-12:30pm in Studio 1
Toshinori Hamada lived for part of his youth as a monk in a Buddhist monastery in Japan. He later went on to study at the Noh Theatre of Tokyo, Japan, and subsequently became an actor-dancer with the National Kabuki Company. Currently, Toshi is a well-regarded Noh artist and performs on a regular basis in Japan alongside Noh master Junnosuke Watanabe in the Hoshoryu Noh School. He also holds a black belt in Kyo-Kushin Karate. In 1986 he came to New York to intensify his dance training where he studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. His traditional Japanese background and life experiences in New York empower him with a unique quality and voice as a cross-cultural performing artist.

He is also a film director and actor. Toshinori produced short art films, including Dream on Flatbed, which was accepted at the 2002 Short Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany. A BALAM company member since 1987, he has been featured in the roles of Rahwana from Ramayana-The Abduction of Sita, Fragrance/Demon from Spirit Window, and in his choreography, NYC-Baris. In August 2005, Toshi choreographed and performed a solo version of Bali-Bolero accompanied by the Semara Ratih Gamelan in the Ubud Arts Festival, Ubud, Bali. Toshi co-created and performed KT Gamelan in collaboration with Kristina Berger and the Semara Ratih Gamelan in August 2007. He taught Noh theatre and dance, as a guest teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He is in the new project of Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project.

Julie Cruse
conducted a successful workshop with VICKi for at-risk students of Eakin Elementary, most of who were from Somalia. The workshop, held on March 5, was an amazing opportunity to share creativity with technology among diverse children, who danced beautifully, participated enthusiastically, and had a wonderful time. Students were so excited they asked for a second workshop! Julie was also accepted to the Media Arts and Sciences PhD at Arizona State University's Arts Media and Engineering program, starting Fall 2010. Congratulations, Julie!

Erika Randall, alum of 2003, has released her film "Leading Ladies" featuring Teena Custer, alum of 2004, who can be seen in the trailer! All are welcome to become a fan of Leading Ladies Movie on Facebook!

The Winter DNBulletin is now ready for reading. You can download it here on their website.
There are some very interesting articles on the state of affairs at the DNB, plus a report on TCC this past summer at OSU and interviews with Patty Harrington Delaney and Jennifer Garda.

TenduTV has premiered on Hulu and can be viewed by US audiences here. This launch represents the formal beginning of the Dance Anywhere initiative (see performance opportunities above) that was announced at the Arts Presenters conference in January, and that will soon bring dance to over 200 million devices around the world. If you have any questions, please email Marc Kirschner at or call him at (212) 593-2285.

The Dance Preservation Fund is seeking proposals. Applications are due Monday, April 5. Please see attachments for information on this funding source and the application.

Attention: Please remember that the proximity of our building to High Street and its many hidden corridors make it a target for theft and other crimes. For the safety of yourself and others and the security of your belongings and department equipment, it is important to lock doors behind you outside of regular business hours and relock equipment closets immediately after opening. Also, do not leave a room unattended if in contains valuables or equipment. It only takes a moment for something to be stolen.

Please take extra care in securing the following areas:
Stereo locks (spin the combinations)
Studio closets
Musicians closets
Production room
GA/Fellowship office (the doors facing the outside hallway should also remain closed)
Theatre and exterior office doors (after 5pm)
Studio 5 (pull door shut -- it will not lock on its own!)

Please be alert and notify the front office of any suspicious activity in our building.

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