Monday, January 31, 2011

Week 5 Announcements: January 31-February 4, 2011

Featured image: Ph.D. candidate Jessica Zeller gives a presentation on her research during Graduate Auditions.

MFA Concert Series: Theatre of the Obsessed
Thursday – Saturday, February 3-5, 2011; 8pm in Sullivant Theatre
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

Ze'eva Cohen will be a guest artist in the Department of Dance on Tuesday, February 15. She will be teachinga master class for the freshmen dance majors from 8:45-10:15am and will offer an open lecture/discussion from 5:30-6:30pm in the dance history course. Ze'eva Cohen is a dancer, choreographer and dance professor (emeritus) at Princeton University where she served as Coordinator and Head of Dance from1969 until 2008. Cohen came to New York from her native country, Israel, in 1963 to study at the Juilliard School and perform with the Anna Sokolow Dance Company. She was also a founding member of Dance Theater Workshop, where she worked as a choreographer and dance from the mid-sixties to the mid seventies. In 1971, she initiated her pioneering and highly acclaimed solo dance repertory program that included commissioned works and reconstructions as well as her original choreography comprising a total of twenty-eight solos by twenty-three choreographers. In 1983, she founded Ze'eva Cohen and Dancers, a company for which she developed a diverse group repertory, performing in New York and on national tours. Over the last decade, Cohen has choreographed, produced and performed Negotiations and Female Mythologies -- programs dealingwith cultural, political and social issues and focusing on women's myths and lives.

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.

course planning & information

Brown Bag: Stories and film from the 2010 Burkina Faso Summer Study Abroad Program. Friday, February 11, 2011; 12:30-1pm, Studio 2. Open to the public at the start of the 12:30-2:30pm Colloquium. Listen to students from OSUDance speak about their experience in Burkina Faso as well as see video excerpts from Haley Harrison’s new documentary. Olivier and Esther Tarpaga will also have information for the 2011 program, so please join us!

Spring 2011 course. Dance 692: Contemporary Dance Africa. Tues/Thurs 2:45-4:15pm, Studio 5. This is a studio based lab course that integrates composition, written research, videos, and cross cultural exchange from a contemporary African dance perspective. This course will draw from Professor Baker-Tarpaga’s research on contemporary dance in and outside of Africa in particular her recent choreographic and ethnographic research in Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Morocco, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, and South Africa. This class will have several international choreographer guest artists live and via cyber feed whose worldview and choreographic work will shape the composition and written assignments. These include Gregory Maqoma from South Africa, Andreya Ouamba from Senegal, Opiyo Okach from Kenya, Hind Benali from Morocco, and Olivier Tarpaga from Burkina Faso, as well as internet exchange with dancers based in Senegal and Burkina Faso. This is an interdisciplinary course open to graduate and undergraduate students from dance and other fields. Visit for more information.

jobs, auditions & conferences

New jobs have been added to the OSUdance professional resources page, including positions at Oberlin, UMass Amherst, the University of North Texas and the University of California, Irvine. Check back weekly for updates.

The Career Development Grant program encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field. Graduate students are eligible to receive up to $250 for career development activities, including but not limited to professional conferences, workshops, career fairs, licensures, and memberships in professional organizations. Deadline is January 31, 2011 (Funding dates: March 28, 2011- June 19, 2011). New committee members are welcome! Please contact Sarah Cortell (.1) if interested. Visit the CGS funding webpage for more information

Short Film at OSU Needs Lyrical Hip-Hop Choreographer, Dance Team, and female lead. Looking for choreographic assistance for a short film being shot at OSU. There will be two dance sequences consisting of electro-pop-house music. Choreographer is needed to assist in the making of the dance routine. Dance Team needed to add a modern flare to the filmic tone. Dance type = Lyrical Hip-Hop. The music is already selected and edited. Negotiable pay. Contact: Thomas Ellis (

Student Filmmaker seeks dancers for an upcoming project. Dancers will be needed to perform in several sequences. Contact: Kirk Denton (

travel & housing

Summer and Fall volunteer opportunity in Tanzania, Africa with ONEHEARTSOURCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, development, and well-being of abandoned children and AIDS orphans worldwide. For more information and to download the program application, please visit the volunteer website.

Applications for the Ray Travel Award have been extended to Friday, February 11, 2011. This deadline is for Spring Quarter conferences (March 18, 2011 - June 9, 2011). For further information, please visit the CGS webpage or contact the Ray Travel Award Chair, Vijay Gadepally (.1)

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

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