Monday, February 21, 2011

Week 8 Announcements: February 21-25, 2011

Featured image: Visiting Assistant Professor Meghan Durham leading a rep class. Photo by Maree ReMalia.

performances & special events
Ishmael Houston-Jones at Oberlin-Warner Main Space
Public workshop February 26, 2011; 1-4pm
Contact jam February 27, 2011; 3-6pm
Domestic Matters Opens March 3 at Urban Arts Space
Domestic Matters explores the intimate geographies and everyday life practices in the Agrarian South. Combining mixed media, moving bodies and constructions of recycled materials and familiar spaces, the company entertains questions of art as a necessity and the embodiment of socio-cultural norms, socio-economics and constructions of identity. Using materials (tar, reclaimed wood, corrugated metal, house paint, photographs), dancing bodies, stories and recipes of the South, Domestic Matters works with memory, displacement, concepts of home, and the complexities of gender, race and sexuality. More info here.

master classes & residences
Join Sabela Grimes and his Dance Uptown cast for a showing of their work. Sabela will show his new rep piece and discuss his work on Thursday, February 24 at 12:30 in Studio 1.
Followed by: Lec/Dem: Funk-In-struction. Hip Hop In/On Many Stages. 1-2:30pm in Studio 1

Join guest artists Jimmy Ortiz Chinchilla & Jose Andres Alvarez Sanou for a Brown Bag lunch discussion Friday, February 25 at 12:30 in Studio 5.

Anne Bluethenthal is visiting the department in early March and offering several workshops:
Tuesday, March 1
Professional Development Seminar, 8:15-10:15am
In addition to her 26 years of directing a grass roots arts non-profit, Bluethenthal brings her experience crafting an interdisciplinary MFA program, founding several arts festivals, community events, and campaigns, maintaining a private teaching practice, and raising a daughter, to the conversation of professional development. She is a firm believer in the individual, hand-crafted career; in alternative economies; art and social justice; multiple streams of service and satisfaction; and in the possibility of having both a domestic and professional life – at least she’s still working that out!

Art and Social Justice in Comp Class, 2:45-4:15pm, Studio 2
How can we make work that arises from and participates in community? How do we create performances of beauty and truth that speak to the difficult and disturbing issues of our time? Can our core values emerge through every aspect of our profession – technique, craft, production, direction? Bluethenthal’s choreographies have addressed issues as wide ranging as Palestine and Israel, globalization, genocide, the environment, and the gift economy. In this guest presentation, she will perform 3 short solos, discuss her creative process, share excerpts of ensemble work, and engage students in a conversation about issues of art and social justice.

Wednesday, March 2
Technique lab class with Alexander Technique. 10:30am-12pm, Studio 6 (sign-up required). A senior teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique, Anne Bluethenthal has pioneered its application to dance and performance. With a generous hands-on instruction, she will dedicate this class time to problem solving, rediscovering favorite techniques, and investigating traditional ideas about movement, effort, skill, and performance.

Arts Participation, Cultural Literacy & Audience Development
Art Education 595 (U) #27558 | Art Education 781 (G) #22286. Tues/Thurs 2:30-4:18pm
This 5-credit hour course provides a research framework for understanding participation in arts and cultural activities, current ideas of audience preferences for specific art forms, and organizational strategies for developing audiences. Course research examines socio demographic influences, personality factors & prior experience. Through class projects, students apply current research on audience decision making to organizational strategic planning. Organizational strategies will include Marketing, Artistic Programming, Arts Education, School Partnerships, and Community Collaborations.

performance opportunities
Dancers needed to perform in 10-20 minute Improvisation Performance. Performance will be at ARTspace gallery for a reception benefit. March 9, from 6-9pm. More information: Doug (

jobs, auditions & conferences
New jobs have been added to the OSUdance professional resources page, including positions at Webster University, Angela Floyd Schools and the University of Utah.

Intern opportunities in the King-Lincoln district working with Tapestry Dance Company and Thoissane West African Dance Company at the Lincoln Theatre studios in downtown Columbus. For application and information contact Suzan Bradford Kounta at (

Guerrilla Dance will meet twice this week: Thursday, February 24; 1-2pm and Friday, February 25; 3:15-4:15pm outside Studio 1.

administrative notes
InForm Magazine
A reminder for faculty, alumni, & emeriti to send updates and MFA Concert abstracts to Maree for inclusion in the upcoming InForm publication. Also, send photographs from class, rehearsals, or performance:

Hayes Graduate Research Forum: Friday, March 4, 2011
The entire graduate community is invited to attend the 25th annual Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum. The forum showcases the excellent research being conducted by Ohio State graduate students. Co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, and the Office of Research. Ohio Union. Contact: Ana Azevedo

Alumni Grants for Graduate Scholarship and Research
Application Deadline: Friday, April 8 . The Graduate School’s AGGRS program provides up to $2,000 to support dissertation or thesis re search for doctoral or MFA candidates in a terminal degree program. Download application here.

news in dance
Dance on Camera Journal: January-February 2011 Volume 13 Issue 7. DFA Bulletin, Dance on Camera Festival, Jury Prize Honorees, 2011 Touring Program. Read the Dance on Camera Journal Excerpt Here. Become a member of Dance Films Association to read the complete Journal.

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