Monday, February 07, 2011

Week 6 Announcements: February 7-11, 2011

Featured video: Guerrilla Dance at OSU. Video: Daniel Holt, Steph Danyi.

performances & special events
Guerrilla Dance: Friday, 2/11 from 4:15-5:15pm. Meet outside Studio 1. Stay up to date: Facebook, Blog, Vimeo, Twitter

Brown Bag: Stories and film from the 2010 Burkina Faso Summer Study Abroad Program. Wednesday, February 2, 2011; 12-12:30pm Studio 5. Listen to students from the OSU Department of Dance 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 for this brown bag lunch gathering.

Airings and Sharings: Embodied and Embedded
February 11-12, 2011, 7:30pm (CST) at Outerspace. 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor. Chicago, IL 60602. Works-in-progress portion of new work PLUCK streamed live and with live chat on at 8:30pm CST. Featuring Dance: The Moving Architects (choreography by 1st Year MFA Erin Carlisle Norton). Dance for Camera: Katie Aylward, Ellie Escose, Erin Carlisle Norton (by 1st Year MFA grad students). Music: Linda Solotaire and the Suits. Photo Installation: Monica Pedraja

jobs, auditions & conferences
The Moving Architects Summer Dance Retreat
Wilson College, PA. August 15-21, 2011. More information here. Check out the seasonal dance intensives and festivals page on the OSUdance website for more information on summer dance opportunities.

master classes & residences
Ze'eva Cohen will be a guest artist in the Department of Dance onTuesday, 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.

The Department of Dance Welcomes Two Costa Rican Contemporary Artists

Choreography and improvisation Workshop with Jimmy Ortiz. February 14-25, 2011. Monday–Friday, 10:30-12pm in Pomerene Hall. Open to 12 dance majors and graduate students who are not in the Sabela repertory. A sign-up sheet will go up on Wednesday, February 2 at 8:30am.

Public Brown-bag Lecture and Showing. Friday, February 25, 2011. 12-1pm in Sullivant Hall, Studio 1.

As part of a new exchange program focusing on contemporary dance across the Americas, Costa Rican choreographer Jimmy Ortiz and his associate Jose Alvarez will be guest artists in the Department of Dance. Mr. Ortiz has been considered the preeminent dance artist in Costa Rica for decades and is a leading figure in the development of contemporary dance practices across Central America.

The artists will spend two weeks in the department leading an improvisation and choreography workshop for twenty students. They will also share their work in a public brown-bag lunch lecture. To continue the exchange, 12 undergraduate and graduate dance students will travel with Associate Professor Norah Zuniga Shaw to Costa Rica during Spring Break to study at El Barco (a contemporary dance academy founded by Mr. Ortiz) and conduct individual creative research projects focusing on intercultural collaboration and contemporary arts in Central America.

Costa Rican choreographer, performer, director, and psychologist Jimmy Ortiz has been known since the beginning of his distinguished career for his innovative creations for the stage and public spaces and his leadership in building a thriving contemporary dance scene in Latin America.

In 1988 Ortiz founded the Losdenmedium Dance Company now called 4Pelos/Losdenmedium which has presented more than 30 works at venues and art festivals across Latin America, Europe and the United States including the American Dance Festival-USA, National Theater of Panama, Waterman Art Center, London, UK, Espacio B Mercat de les Flor, Spain, and many others. Now the resident company of El Barco Conservatory, 4Pelos/Losdenmedium was the resident company of the National Theater for many years during which time it became a fixture of the Costa Rican contemporary dance community winning the Theater’s annual Premio Nacional more than 8 times.

In 2003 Ortiz began direction of the National Dance Training initiative of the Costa Rican Minstry of Culture and as such founded the El Barco Conservatory for contemporary dance and interdisciplinary studies, the first of its kind in Central America. El Barco serves as the catalyst for the development of innovative new approaches to dance making and knowledge transfer at the national level. Under his leadership El Barco received funding for the design and construction of a new building in downtown San Jose and the school won the coveted Premio √Āncora 2004-2006 of La Nacion (Costa Rica’s leading newspaper). Recent productions include a celebrated collaboration wit David Zambrano entitled 50 Days Flying Low over Costa Rica.

Beth Corning is in Columbus this week to rehearse with faculty emeritus professor John Giffin. She is creating a full evening piece for 5 dancers which will premiere in Pittsburgh in May. Open rehearsals: Friday, February 11; 10:30 - 12:30 in Pomerene 205 and Saturday, February 12; 2:00 - 5:00pm in Studio 3.

course planning & information
Theatre and Cinema Styles (
28202) with
Dr. Stratos Constantinidis
Spring 2011 in
1107 Drake Center
Students in the Arts and Humanities are eligible to enroll in this course. The course will help them to develop a systematic understanding of major styles in the art of theatre and cinema. It is also designed to help them develop a critical voice in a supportive environment and prepare work for publication. Download flyer for more info.

Digital Video Editing: What's the right program for you?
Thursday, February 17.
241 Scott Lab.
The Student Technology Consultant program will provide a demonstration of three non-linear video editing programs (Apple iMovie, Apple Final Cut, and Adobe Premiere) for anyone interested in learning the basics. We'll compare the strengths and limitations of each, so you can get a sense of which program is the best fit for you. Following this session, we can set up individual learning sessions with those who want advanced instruction. Come and bring your questions, ideas, and insights.

Alternative Performance Techniques
693.05 (3971). Spring 2011. 2 Credits. (Hadley)
Taught by Erik Abbott-Main. Tues/Thurs, 12:30-2:30pm
A choreography course that explores ways to create, prepare for and navigate the performance moment. Students will combine learned movement vocabulary with self-created choreography to produce a solo dance in an alternative theatrical setting. Students will be guided through several physical and conceptual exercises, inspired by the training methods of Mask and Physical Theatre, which may influence each students movement investigation. Emphasis will be placed on creating dance that grows out of movement to concept, and considers diverse ways to shape and engage with the environment in which the solo exists. More info: abbott-main.1

performance opportunities
AEP Black History Celebration seeks dancers/choreographers for their upcoming show. Wednesday, February 23, 2011; 12-1:30pm. Looking for people with experience in the dance forms of the African Diaspora to create a 10-minute work. For more information, contact John W. Cooper:

World Dance Showcase. Tuesday, February 22, 7-9pm at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. Free admission. The Genesis Dance Team at OSU is organizing a dance show titled World Dance Showcase. Our goal is too bring together a highly varied assortment of OSU's dance talents. As of now the show will have Hip-Hop, Indian Folk Dancing (Bhangra), Korean Pop, Beatboxing, and Breakdancing. We are working on getting a Step team as well. If interested, contact the Genesis Dance Team at, or visit their Facebook group for more info.

Genesis is Ohio State University's premiere Hip-Hop and Bhangra fusion dance team. Genesis is an all male team and unites elements of both styles of dance into a product showcasing the bridging of two dance traditions. Genesis travels extensively around the U.S. to compete at different collegiate dance competitions throughout the year. Genesis has placed in the top three of every competition we have participated in and we strive to represent Ohio State positively through our intercollegiate interactions.

jobs, auditions & conferences
New jobs have been added to the OSUdance professional resources page, including positions at Camp Laurel and University of Kentucky. Check back weekly for updates.

Guide to transitioning dance careers from pre-pro to college/ professional. Saturday, February 12, 2011, 2:00-4:00pm in the BalletMet Performance Space. GCAC and OhioDance will present a panel discussion geared toward pre-professional dancers transitioning to professional/college-level dance programs. Discussion will center on portfolio development, professional career vs. college level dance programs, in and outs, what to prepare for, alternates, resources. You will receive valuable insight from the university and professional dance world. This will be an open format, bring your families, questions and concerns.
Panelists are Gerard Charles, Artistic Director, BalletMet Columbus; Ambre Emory-Maier, Director of Education, BalletMet; David Guion, Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council; Kate Hale, Academic Program Coordinator, The Ohio State University, Department of Dance and Najiyyah Muqtasid, Thiossane's Principal dancer, Instructor, Choreographer. The panel will be moderated by Ruby Classen, Grants & Services Manager for the Greater Columbus Arts Council. This presentation is supported by GCAC's Oppart series. The panel is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Jane D’Angelo, executive director, OhioDance, 614-224-2913, ; RSVP to attend this event. Walk-ins welcome, space allowing. We will have a follow-up to this session at the festival

Wanted: Male and Female Dancers for 2011 Season
GHDT is a professional contemporary dance company located in Indianapolis, IN dedicated to the exploration and presentation of thought-provoking issues. With the ability of dance to transcend the barriers that divide our world, we strive to enlighten, educate and entertain audiences of all ages. GHDT performs in a wide variety of styles that combine modern dance, ballet, pointe, ethnic dance forms and theatre to create a unique style of movement and sense of drama. The most unique aspect of GHDT is its commitment to creating dances dealing with relevant social, political, cultural, historical and spiritual issues.
Friday March 25, 2011; 9:30-11:30am
The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
329 Gradle Drive Carmel, IN 46032
$20 audition fee. Please bring headshot & resume,
Or register in advance by sending resume to
Class will consist of ballet barre, modern across the floor, and a repertory combination
Dance attire required. No phone calls.

No comments: