Friday, April 23, 2010

Week 5 Announcements: April 26-May 2

Featured video: Bebe Miller presents How to Remember, an exuberant, quiet, chaotic, and persuasive work, featuring an eclectic sound score that includes music by Donny Hathaway and Van Morrison. The piece includes choreographic contributions from the dancers. How to Remember is part of Dance Downtown 2010: Remix Culture, coming May 7 & 8, 2010. For more info on this event, click here, or RSVP on Facebook! Video by James Graham.

Featured image: OSUDance Professor Valarie Williams and a partial cast of Anna Sokolow's Steps of Silence (1968) take questions from the audience in Sullivant Hall Theatre after Williams' inaugural lecture last Monday.

Featured image: OSUDance Seniors perform in the senior dance festival showing of Boundary House: this shifting ground at the EMMA lab.

Pig Bladder-clouds in Rainforest at OSU Urban Arts Space Gallery
Opening reception at 7pm on Saturday, May 8. Doo-Sung Yoo’s MFA Show Pig Bladders-clouds in Rainforest (2010) is an interdisciplinary performance project. Many collaborators including Visual artists, dancers and sound designers will modify Merce Cunningham’s Rainforest (1968) and manipulate David Tudor’s music, Rainforest (1973) with the Organ-machine hybrids project, a series of flying sculptures which combine pig bladders with electronic devices and helium-plastic bags. The project explores choreographic relationships between artificial living things and the human body.

Research Working Group Meeting on Friday, April 30 from 3:30-5:00pm at the George Wells Knight House to discuss a paper by Simone Drake, Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies entitled, "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going: Reinventing Black Women's Studies in the Twenty-First Century” with comments by Professors Rebecca Wanzo (English and Women's Studies) and Ruby Tapia (Comparative Studies). To receive a copy of the essay in advance, please contact Professor Drake at

Dancers Needed for VICKi Demonstration
The Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design has invited Julie Cruse to give a VICKi demo at their open house. She is looking for 2 or 3 live performers to help demonstrate the interactive audio and video elements. The date is May 14 from 4- 7pm. It will be a low-key set up, where guests can stop by and ask questions, and Julie will need 2-3 hours of rehearsal with dancers sometime beforehand. Anyone who is interested can email Julie at

GA Position Opening in the Graduate School
The Graduate School is seeking a graduate administrative associate to work in the Graduate School. This notice is being sent to programs in which we have had successful student appointments in previous years. This position will begin approximately June 1, 2010 and will continue through June 30, 2011 and renewals will be based on the performance evaluation and departmental needs. They will give preference to candidates who are in good standing in their programs and anticipate a minimum two-year program. Please direct any questions to the Graduate School (614) 292-6031. Visit the OSUDance professional resources page for more information on this position or to view other opportunities.

Wedding Choreographer Needed
Engaged couple seeks an OSU dance student to help choreograph a routine for them for their wedding reception in September. They would want the routine to be leaning more towards the hip-hop genre, Americas Best Dance Crew, if you will. They would like for the person to take the lead and work with them in coming up with something that is fun, unique and enjoyable for everyone. Please email Matt Dodson if interested in this opportunity:

Gay Morris Public Lecture and Book Signing
Friday, April 30 at 9:30am in 142 SU (Studio 5)
Gay Morris is a dance and art critic whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Dance Research, Art in America, and Body and Society. The lecture will be followed by a book signing of her 2006 work, A Game for Dancers: Performing Modernism in the Postwar Years, 1945-1960. (Wesleyan University Press) “Morris’s elegant study of modern dance is the first to examine the richness and complexity of the postwar dance field as a whole. Her emphasis on market, class, and institutional issues is both sophisticated and enlightening.” - Lynn Garafola; Professor of Dance, Barnard College

Angie Hauser, Darrell Jones, and Talvin Wilks
will be in and out of the department for the next several weeks, starting with the Current Issues Seminar on Friday, April 30. They'll be here to work on "Historiography: An Archive of Creative Process," the company's next project; we'll be investigating past choreographic strategies and the collaborative multidisciplinary research that we've been doing over the last decade. On Friday afternoon (place and time TBA) we'll have a work session to look at materials that have been collected by Maree ReMalia, who is working as a GA on the project.

Compagnia T.P.O. Performance & Lec/Dem Q/A
Friday, April 30; 10:00am-1:30pm (lunch break from 11:00am-12:00pm)
Participants will meet at 9:45am at The Wexner Center for the Arts (Cam’s CafĂ©) then head to Mershon Auditorium together. Signup outside Studio 1.

The T.P.O. was founded in 1981 as a visual theatre company in Italy. From its early years the company produced children’s theatre conceived as paintings in movement, making use of artistic objects, mechanical devices, and plays of light. T.P.O. developed “CCC [children cheering carpet],” a technology applied to a mat specially fitted with sensors that produce sounds and images projected from above. At the same time, the group has continued its study of the dynamics of theatrical communication, based on the language of the body and images. From this research new developments have led to the creation of 3D virtual sceneries. Currently the Company is using the MaxMSP software Jitter, able to run evolved forms of interactivity among performers, images and sounds.

Kristen Jeppsen was selected as one of Ohio State University's ten Graduate Associate Teaching Awards winners. Vice Provost and Dean Patrick Osmer accompanied by graduate school representatives made a surprise visit to the dance department to present Kristen with the award Thursday morning April 15th. Congratulations Kristen!

Leigh Lotocki's Choreographing Intimacy: Creating, Understanding, and Commanding Space has been selected for the Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Colloquium. Interested persons can view the presentation on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 3:30-5pm at the Faculty Club.

Summer dance classes at OSU! 
Of special interest to intermediate - advanced dancers: Karen Eliot is teaching ballet all summer MWF from 11:30am-1:15pm
Susan Petry is teaching modern for the first 5 weeks TR from 11:30am-1:15pm
Meghan Durham is teaching modern for the second 5 weeks TR from 11:30am-1:15pm. 

Susan Chess is teaching Eurthythmics for the first 4 weeks every day from 3:30-5:15pm. 

There are also a handful of non-major Hip Hop, Modern, and Ballet classes.

 Movement Research Artist in Residence to be announced. Stacy Spence can no longer do the residency. All these courses can be enrolled for credit if enrolled in summer courses, or, if you are not enrolling for summer courses, and wish to drop in, you can purchase a class card from Jane Ledford-Adkins in Sullivant 020.

OSU Dance Downtown Company Meeting

On Tuesday April 27 from 12:00-12:30pm everyone involved with Dance Downtown will meet in Studio 1 to discuss schedules and policies for production week and the performances. The meeting is required for dancers, designers, choreographers and everyone else involved with this 
fabulous event. See MKB if you have questions.

Course Cluster In Arts Entrepreneurship
The Department of Art Education is offering classes on managing arts organizations, developing arts careers, and exploring the creative sector. Click here to view the flyer.

Educational Housing Services are a trusted housing resource in New York City. Students can peruse available housing and internships and connect to EHS via Twitter and Facebook by visiting the EHS Website.

24-Hour Contact Improvisation Jam at Oberlin College May 1-2. This event is in conjunction with the launch of Ann Cooper-Albright's "Encounters with Contact Improvisation.” For more information and help with accommodations, click here.

The Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project facilitates physical, artistic, and leadership development in college dancers, adolescent girls, and dance artists. The first workshop will take place from July 18-24 in beautiful Boone, North Carolina featuring Chicago-based choreographer Annie Beserra (Beserra Dance Theater), Boone-based performer and somatics expert Laurie Atkins (Appalachian State University), and DC-based Ashley Thorndike (Now Next Dance).

For more information and to apply online please go to the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project website. 

$300 Tuition; $250 housing
. Work/study internships are available.

Concert dubs
Dubs of all recent concerts are now available from Melissa in room 032. Be sure to get a record of your performances before you graduate! Download this Excel file to see what we have available from past quarters.

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