Monday, January 24, 2011

Week 4 Announcements: January 24-28, 2011

performances & special events
Featured image: Boxerman by Noa Zuk. Dancers: Maree ReMalia, Mara Penrose and Dante Brown

Modern Jewish Experience through the Lens of Dance
presented by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University. The conference opens with a public performance.

Jewish Dance in the 20th Century • Words, Imagery, Movement
Sunday, February 13, 2011; 3pm in Sullivant Theater
The Modern Jewish Experience through the Lens of Dance conference will bring together dancers and dance scholars from the U.S. and Israel to examine Jewishness in dance in the 20th and 21st centuries. This two-day international conference opens with a public performance which focuses on modern Jewish dances, dancers, and choreographers, emphasizing the interrelationship between historical developments and dance. Scholarly panels and roundtable discussions will take place on Sunday evening and Monday morning. For more information and full conference schedule, please visit

Digital Video Comedy Shorts
Saturday, February 12, 2011.
Volunteers needed 10-4:30pm (Event runs 11-4pm). The teen participants in this workshop will work with professional filmmaker Alex Mangen (a specialist in comedy shorts, as you can see at for a super-intensive day of free filmmaking practice and tips. This workshop concentrates on digital video and editing with a focus on sketch comedy. No experience is necessary.
We need your help: 
Can you answer simple questions about camera operations? Can you help set up a tripod and show someone how to export a movie from iMovie? Of course, a great way to learn more about something is to get thrown in and figure it out and teach it is the old saying! HERE is your chance! Volunteer information:
We’ll have one shift from 10am to 4:30pm. You’ll get free lunch and a Wexner t-shirt if you do not have one already. After your shift, you’re welcome to peruse our new exhibitions as well! To sign up or for more information: Rashana Smith (

Guerrilla Dance Schedule: Thursday, January 27, 2011; 3-4pm.
Keep up with the latest information on the Guerrilla Dance Blog.

Get a free ticket to see the MFA Concert: Theatre of the Obsessed featuring choreography by Betsy Miller and Sai Somboon. If you sign up to usher between February 3-5, 2011, you will receive a complimentary ticket for that evening’s performance. Arrive at Sullivant Theater at 7pm. Sign up sheet outside Studio 1 on the Production Board. Or email Maree at with preferred date. Elective course instructors, please alert your classes of this opportunity!

master classes & residences
Master Class with Marcela Giesche. Friday, February 4; 10:30am

Marcela studied dance and choreography at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and The Ohio State University where she received her BFA. She has danced for Bianca Van Dillen and Beppie Blankert in the Netherlands, Bruno Caverna (Brazil) and with Neuer Tanz / VA W├Âlfl in Germany. She has also been developing her own research in movement improvisation and choreography, which has been presented in the USA, the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway.

The sign-up sheet for Marcela's class will go up at 8:30am on Wednesday, February 26, 2011. Maria Glimcher will not teach 711.06 that morning; her students will need to sign up or attend another technique class.

Kristina Isabelle Dance Company
Open company class at Columbus Dance Theatre January 25 and February 1, 2011 from 7:30-9:30pm. In these classes, students will explore internal motivations with a focus on a developing one’s sense of spatial awareness. The class will include improvisation and phrase work to clarify and deepen our movement discoveries.

course planning & information
Arts & Sciences 750: Graduate Seminar in Fine Arts
Professor Michelle Herman. Fridays from 12:30-3:30 in Denny Hall 368. 5 Credits. A multidisciplinary seminar for graduate student artists in which we will consider what we have in common and look at the process of art-making through the lens of each medium. We will talk about process, and look closely at one another's work, without being able to rely on the conventions or jargon of our individual media.
In a weekly seminar, artists from all disciplines throughout the university will meet to talk about what it means to make art and about the life of an artist (from the sublime to the ridiculous, as well as the practical). The main "course material," however, will be your own finished work and work in progress. Through a combination of studio and gallery visits and talks, dance and theater performances, concerts, recordings, digital media, readings, and the distribution of printed matter, we'll be looking at art in process and thinking and talking about it. Collaborative projects across the arts will be encouraged; all participants will write and revise an artist's statement. Outside readings will be assigned as needed. Graduate student artists in any discipline are welcome to contact Michelle Herman ( for further information and permission to take the class (which is required for registration).

jobs, auditions & conferences
Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers invites you to participate in the second annual Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, which will present an adjudicated selection of modern and contemporary dance choreographers from the Midwest and beyond. Selected performers will take the stage for the second annual Midwest RAD Fest on March 10-13 in the Wellspring Theater at the beautiful Epic Center in Kalamazoo, MI. The festival will consist of four performances (March 11 & 12) presenting six to eight choreographers per performance. Through the adjudication process, you may be selected to showcase a short work (10 minutes maximum) that represents the finest in cutting-edge modern and contemporary dance. We hope you will also join us for Master Classes (instructors TBA) during the festival.

Midwest RAD Fest will have a low admission price of $10 per performance / $18 per day pass / $35 per festival pass, making the festival accessible to a large and diverse audience. However, the low admission means we have limited financial resources. Choreographers who are selected to participate in Midwest RAD Fest may receive a small travel stipend ranging from $50-$300 (based on distance traveled). For more information, visit the Wellspring website.

The National Society of Arts and Letters | The Art of the Solo
This year’s national competition is in Alabama on May 18-21, 2011. In order to compete, dancers must enter the local competition and win. The Ohio Valley Chapter of NSAL is holding the local competition on March 19, 2011. Please note that the deadline to apply has been extended to February 15, 2011. For more information contact Mindy Wilson at

Wedding Dance Choreography
Jim Wood & Julia Istomina are looking for someone to help with wedding dance choreography. The wedding is this July, and they are planning to dance to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ “Home.” Negotiable pay. Contact: Jim (

administrative notes
A reminder for faculty, alumni, & emeriti to send updates and MFA Concert abstracts to Maree for inclusion in the upcoming InForm publication:

OSU Dance Pre-Registration:
Friday, January 28, 2011

12:30-1:15pm: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in Studio 4 with all UG advisors. Graduates in Studio 5 with Sheila

1:15-2:30pm: Seniors in 5 with Dave & Esther. Juniors in 4 with Norah & Meghan. Sophomores in Conference Room with Susan

Freshmen will go through pre-reg in their Friday morning modern class with Susan and Meghan. Transfers, if you have questions as to which colloquium to attend, please see Susan Hadley or MKB.

kudos & shout-outs
Dante Brown’s choreography Chalk Boundaries, which first showed at the Wexner Center last year, has been invited back for a second time. An article regarding the educational nature of this work is listed here on the Wexner Center website.

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