Monday, February 28, 2011

Week 9 Announcements: February 28-March 4, 2011

Featured video: Documentary by Grad student Ann Sofie Clemmensen, following two undergrad students in their rehearsal process with choreographer Meghan Durham.

performances & special events

The Department of Dance at the Ohio State University presents "[IN]VISIBLE TRACES: Winter Concert 2011," featuring works by choreographers: Mike Abbatiello, Danté Brown, Quentin Burley, Nicole Gross, Haley Harrison, Megan Haugen, Michael J. Morris, Erin Carlisle Norton, Alexandra Runyon, Kerry Sellers, Chafin Seymour, Abby Zbikowski. Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, 8pm in Sullivant Theatre. $10 general admission; $5 senior citizens/students/anyone with Buck ID.

Mara Penrose and the cast of her MFA project are presenting a series of performance events which require the participation of a large assembly of audience members. Please come take part! The next event will be on Saturday, March 5 at 2pm in Arch Park on West Nationwide Blvd, in the Arena District. Meet us there rain or shine. More information and a score here.

Guerrilla Dance this week: Thursday, March 3; 1-2pm. Meet outside Studio 1
Join us for the opening of Domestic Matters -- a dance and art installation at urban arts space March 3, 2011! This is a month-long show created and conceived by between the lines (an artistic collaboration with visual artist/builder Nicole Bauguss and choreographer/PhD student Mair Culbreth). The opening reception and dance installation is Thursday, March 3 from 6pm-8 (so you can come have light refreshments prior to winter concert!)

The dance installations will occur weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays and will evolve and change throughout the month of working in the space, so plan to come down more than once! There will be "open art labs" for working artists to come in and explore/research within the space. There will also be special guests teaching dance lessons on shag and swing dance on Saturdays, March 12 and 19.

Collaborating artists include: Elaine Berman, Amanda Platt, Fiona Lundie, Amanda Byars-Wickens, Leigh Lotocki, Michael Morris, Erik Abbott-Main, Erik Speth, Dante Brown, Abby Zbikowski, Andre Morgan, Daniel Holt, Michael Wall and David Covey (and maybe more!)

Funded in part by the Vera J. Blaine special projects fund and Stella J. Becker scholarship fund.
More info: Mair

master classes & residences
Anne Bluethenthal Residency
On Tuesday, March 1 Ann will join Professional Development Seminar in the conference room at 8:45 and Esther's composition class at 2:45 in Studio 2. Everyone is invited. On Wednesday, March 2 she will offer an Alexander Technique based technique class for 15 students in Studio 6 at 10:30.

A senior teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique, 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 dispelling cherished preconceived ideas about movement, effort, skill, and performance.

I hope that advanced dancers, performers, and choreographers will bring the following to this lab:
1-Insatiable curiosity
2-A “physical” or performative “problem” you would like to work with
3-A beloved dance movement (traditional, contemporary, original, virtuosic, or not) that you would like to understand better.
4-A desire to inhabit yourself as a dancer in a fuller, more pleasurable, and less habitual way.

Taking into consideration who the participants are, this class will be constructed around the needs and interests that arise in the group. It is in this way, an emergent educational experience for us all. There will no doubt be one part warm up, one part problem solving, and interspersals of discussion. Sign up outside Studio 1.

course planning & information
Hoop this Spring. 601.08 (28871), 1CR. Taught by Erik Abbott-Main. Saturdays, 10-12pm. Interested in learning how to hoop and other circus performance skills? Sign up for Hoop this Spring. Students will learn skills in hula hoop as well as in juggling, tight rope, stilts, poi, and more. More information:

Alternative Performance Techniques. 693.05 (3971). Spring 2011. 2CR. (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. For more info or to have a course enrollment form signed:

jobs, auditions & conferences
New jobs have been added to the OSUDance Professional Resources page, including positions at The University of South Carolina and the The Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School.

performance opportunities
Calls for Choreography
1.) The Department of Dance at Western Michigan University is pleased to announce a call for entries for the Great Works Dance Project Choreography Prize to identify a choreographer who will create a new work for dance majors at Western Michigan University. The winner of the prize will have a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours to set their 10-12 minute piece on a minimum of eight Western Michigan University dance majors. The dance will be premiered in the Winter Gala Dance Concert in January/February 2012, and artistic directors from the Great Lakes region will be invited to attend. The winner must create the dance in the Fall 2011 semester and return for the public performances of the dance in January/February 2012. The winning choreographer will receive a $4,000 honorarium, travel allotment, lodging and per diem. Teaching opportunities may be available for additional compensation.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and a U.S. Citizen. Applicants should send a DVD of one complete work, a DVD of a minimum of two minutes of one additional work, a one-page description of the proposed work, a biography, and contact information (email, mailing address and phone). A url may be submitted in lieu of the DVDs. Complete entries must be postmarked on or before March 21, 2011. Applicants will be notified of the decision by May 1, 2011. Materials will not be returned.

Applications should be sent to:

Department of Dance

Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5417
Or to

2.)The University at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance invites choreographers to submit work to be set on our student dance companies, Zodiaque Dance Company and Zodiaque Dance Ensemble, for the 2011- 2012 dance season. These are pre-professional companies presenting faculty and guest artist works. At UB – “Versatility Matters”. All dance styles are encouraged to apply. Visit their website for more information.

Important Guidelines
. Existing works only. Proposed work should be 6- 12minutes in length. Proposed work should be suitable for at least 5 dancers.

How To Apply
The work: up to two pieces may be submitted on DVD or youtube/vimeo/website link. 

Please send the following in a pdf document:
Contact information including: Name, address, email and phone

Information on the proposed work including: title, date of premiere, choreographer, number of performers, music, length of piece and a brief description of the proposed work including any technical needs other than lights and sound
Brief Biography
Brief choreographic resume
$10 application fee made out to University at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance
Application Materials will not be returned
Choreographers will receive a high quality DVD of the work set.
There is no choreographic stipend

All submissions must be received by Friday, March 18th, 2011. 

Choreographers will be notified by May 1st, 2011

. Please send application materials to:

 Tressa Gorman Crehan ( 285 Alumni Arena

Theatre & Dance Dept., University at Buffalo. Buffalo, NY 14260

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