Monday, November 29, 2010

Week 10 Announcements: November 29-December 3, 2010

Featured image: Repertory rehearsal for this Friday's Informance. See below for more info.

performances & special events
Repertory Showing
Friday, December 3, 2010
; 7pm, Sullivant Theater
Please join us for an informal showing of repertory created during Autumn quarter. The evening includes both live performance and video dance, with works created by Batsheva/Ohad Naharin, Meghan Durham, Ohad Fishof, Lily Skove, Rosanna Tavarez, and Noa Zuk, each in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate dancers in the department. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the end of quarter through dance!

The Department Informance will take place during the technique slot on Friday, December 3 at 10:30am-12:00pm in the Sullivant Theater. This is an opportunity for classes, groups, or individuals to share with the whole Department work that has been developed this quarter. This has most frequently included choreographic works-in-progress, comp studies, performance improvisations, and material developed as part of a specific project or course, but we are always excited to see the range of work that we do here in this department--and in the field--represented, including research presentations, discussions of theories relating to dance, restagings from score, etc.

Kate will be putting the sign up sheet for the Informance on the bulletin board outside of Studio 1 later today. Please sign up if you're interested in sharing work! Please list the name of the class/piece/presentation, the name of the point person for the work, the length of the work, and any needs (including technology, placement in the sequence of the show, etc.) And do please try to keep the lengths reasonable so that we have the opportunity to see all the work being shared within the given time slot. The sign up sheet will come down Thursday afternoon at 5pm in order to create a sequence for the show. So make sure you sign up before then! After the performance, lunch will be provided in the north rotunda. Come and join us! We look forward to sharing this time together as a Department here at the end of the quarter!

Open Salsa Dance Jam
Tuesday, November 30; 7-8:30pm, Studio 1, Sullivant Hall. (Date corrected). Join Dance 601.08 students for an open Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata dance experience. Everyone is welcome to join the dance floor.

Bebe Miller performing at Oberlin this weekend
December 3-4, 2010; 8pm at Hall Auditorium
Welcome to a rare opportunity to see five, forever- young first ladies of dance when Germaine Acogny, Carmen de Lavallade, Dianne McIntyre, Bebe Miller, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar each take the stage to perform a solo work. These groundbreaking dancer/choreographers have shaped the history of contemporary dance as they have continued to raise the artistic bar and inspire the dance world. Their span of work can be measured in decades, but their influence can be measured one dancer at a time. This production is coproduced with DANCECleveland. For more information, see FLY on the Oberlin website.

master classes & residences
Ohad Fishof Artist's Talk
Tuesday, November 30; 4:30pm in Studio 5
Ohad Fishof is an artist and musician working in a diverse range of fields including sound, dance, video, performance, and installation.

Fishof began his artistic career as a musician with seminal pop combo Nosei Hamigbaat and later moved to compose music for dance, performance, and art installations, while at the same time expanding his artistic endeavors to other media. In 1997, he received a master’s degree in dance from the Laban Centre London. Since then, his work in dance and performance and his sound and video installations have been presented on stages and in galleries around the world including the Venice Biennale.

Fishof is a long-term collaborator of Batsheva Dance Company and its artistic director Ohad Naharin. He designed the soundtracks for Naharin’s Three, MAX, Seder, Furo, and Telophaza, and served as a dramaturge for the later, as well as of Naharin’s solo evening Playback, which he also produced musically.

Over the past few years, Fishof has presented video, installation, and choreographic work in Israel and Japan, designed soundtracks for various dance pieces in Israel and abroad, and participated in many group exhibitions. In 2005, he performed “A Slow Walk for Longplayer” in London, commissioned by Artangel. In 2007 he formed Bney Hama, a new duo with Ishay Adar, where he plays circuit bent instruments and sings.

Fishof lives and works in Tel Aviv and teaches at Hamidrasha Art College and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. He was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation in 2008. For more information, visit

administrative notes
The adjudication for Winter Concert, ACDFA and Movement Research will take place in our theatre on Saturday, December 4. Originally scheduled for 1pm, we have moved it to 12pm to give people time to get to Oberlin to see Bebe and others perform that evening. The sign-up sheet will post on Monday outside Studio 1. The order of the showings will be the order in which choreographers sign-up. If anyone else needs special consideration, please contact MKB. Faculty adjudicating this showing will be: Covey, Zuniga-Shaw, Bench, Hadley, Eliot, & MKB, with the possible addition of one undergrad and one graduate student.

Karen A. Bell Dance Fund
In celebration of Karen Bell’s retirement, she and her husband Ben Maiden have decided to seed a new endowed fund that will serve to enhance our program for generations to come. The Karen A. Bell Dance Fund supports local, national, or international student projects, performances, presentations, and workshops that benefit populations who have little access to dance. The fund invests in students who are utilizing dance to reach people who have been culturally/socially/politically/economically disadvantaged to enrich, enliven and enhance their lives through dance. The fund can be used for travel, instructional materials, personnel, and other non-capital costs for projects that occur outside the university. The Fund is to be administered by the Chair of the Department of Dance. Gifts to the fund can be made online via “I Give”. Thank you Karen and Ben!

tech news
New Work Lights on Sullivant Stage
Attention all Sullivant Stage Users. (From Carrie & Fiona):
We have hung a system of new and improved work light in the theatre. The downstage set of work lights is still turned on by using the light switches by the pin rail up right. The upstage set of work lights, however, must be physically plugged into a wall outlet in (what we lovingly term) the "weird yellow room" (the room that connects the theatre to the studio 3 hallway). You will find a green extension cord labeled "work lights" here. Simply plug it in to the wall outlet to the right of the lectern. With both sets of work lights on, we are happy to report that the entire space is now evenly lit for your use. All that we ask is that you turn these lights off when you are done rehearsing. Enjoy!

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