Monday, March 07, 2011

Week 10 Announcements: March 7-11, 2011

Featured photo: From last weekend's Winter Concert: [In]Visible Traces.

performances & special events
Department Informance. Friday, March 11; 10:30am-12pm in Studio 1.
As a reminder, the department informance this Friday is an opportunity for classes, groups, or individuals to share with the whole Department work that has been developed this quarter. This has most frequently included choreographic works-in-progress, comp studies, performance improvisations, and material developed as part of a specific project or course, but we are always excited to see the range of work that we do here in this department–and in the field–represented, including research presentations, discussions of theories relating to dance, restagings from score, etc. Sign up is available Monday-Thursday, outside Studio 1.

Drums Downtown REMIX: Tuesday, March 8; 12:30-1:30pm in Studio 4.
Please join us for an informal celebration of the collaborative spirit behind Drums Downtown VIII. Make some space in your busy lives to reflect on a successful process/performance, and to cultivate, network, and connect pathways for future collaboration and interdisciplinary work in the arts. Bring your lunch - cookies will be provided! In the words of Joe Krygier (DRUMS co-director): "Each year it seems like a whirlwind to put this program together and we unfortunately never have time along the way to enjoy each other's work and discuss what is going on creatively "behind-the-scenes." I think all of our students, both dancers and percussionists, would benefit greatly from knowing the process behind all of the individual and collective work that goes into making these Drums Downtown productions. The idea is to gather the choreographers, dancers and percussionists in one room with the intent of sharing our experiences and creative processes that ultimately led us to this year's truly collaborative Drums Downtown. With all of the wonderful dance pieces this year, each having a unique quality (and element!), I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to discuss with one another, in an open forum, just how each of the works musically and choreographically came to be."

master classes & residences
Kendra Portier: Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
Master Class: 10:30am-12pm in Sullivant, Studio 1. Sign-up required.
Brown Bag: 12-12:30pm in Sullivant, Studio 5
Originally from Columbus, Ohio; Kendra trained and performed with BalletMet and later received a BFA in dance from OSU, but not before she pursued professional photography, worked for the Smithsonian Institute, and served briefly in the US Army. Since relocating to NYC, she has had the fortune of working with brilliant beings such as Lisa Race/Scott Cohen, Jennifer Nugent, White Road Dance Media, 5’4”, Hoi Polloi, Nicole Wolcott Dance, and collaborations with Launch Movement Experiment, In 2008, Kendra created and implemented “dancepants”, a donation based community dance program dedicated to experimental pedagogies and in support of the Brooklyn based dance space, Triskelion Arts. She has been a guest artist and/or presented work at a variety of colleges, universities, dancespaces, rooftops, and festivals; newly under the moniker BandPortier. Currently, Kendra is on faculty at Hunter College, Dance New Amsterdam and Monroe Dance Academy, and is performing with Vanessa Justice Dance, MVWorks, Michael and the Go-Getters, Annie Kloppenberg Dance, and, most recently, David Dorfman Dance.

Open Salsa Class. Thursday March 10, 7-8:30pm, Studio 1. Join 3rd Year MFA, Alejandra Jara and the 601.08 Salsa Class for an open session. No previous experience needed and everyone is encouraged to join. Class will start with a small warm-up of basic Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata steps, followed by a brief showing of topics covered during this winter and then an open floor to dance–feel the music and have fun.

jobs, auditions & conferences
New jobs including a Counselor position at Maine Arts Camp and various positions at Misnomer Dance Theatre have been added to the department's professional resources page. More info on the former position below. Check back for weekly additions.

Dance Counselor – Maine Arts Camp, Unity, Maine
Maine Arts Camp is an overnight camp for children ages 8-16. We are located on the campus of Unity College, in Unity, Maine. Our camp season for staff runs from June 28-August, 6 2011. We are looking staff interested in living and caring for campers for the month of July. If you are looking to live and work with children in a small community, geared for bright and creative kids, fill out a staff application. Salary for the 5+ weeks is $2300-$2500,including room and board. For further information, contact Rick Mades, camp director, at 561-865-4330 or

OSU Alum Gabby Stefura is seeking teachers for the upcoming Duxberry Arts Festival, taking place on Friday, May 20. Each workshop is 45-minutes and can range from dance to other topics–pitch your ideas! Additionally, if anyone is interested in performing, there is space to do so. Questions or for more info,

Program now available for the Project Narrative Symposium on Feminist and Queer Narrative Theories to be held at the Hyatt Regency and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, May 12-14, 2011. Pre-registration for the conference costs just $40 for faculty, $25 for graduate students. The Symposium is free for presenters, respondents, moderators, and Ohio State University faculty and students. Please pre-register if you are planning to attend, so we can order enough food for everyone! We look forward to seeing many of you there. To see the program, pre-register or for further details, contact Elizabeth Nixon at

Dublin Arts Council (DAC) & OhioDance, in collaboration with The Ohio State University Department of Dance and Ohio Department of Education Division of the Arts Present Gravity’s Ripple III, September 12-17, 2011. These organizations are partnering to present a unique opportunity for the planning, development and performance of a site-specific outdoor contemporary dance work and a residency that incorporates individual educational opportunities. This contemporary dance project is part of DAC’s ongoing program, Ripple Effect: Artistic Impact of the Scioto River. Submission portfolios must be postmarked by March 21, 2011 and include the information found here.

Call for student poster presentations for annual disability conference. The 11th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference is taking place Wednesday, May 4-Thursday, May 5. Students who have incorporated disability into their work are encouraged to submit a poster for the student poster session scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 in the Ohio Union. More than $1,000 in prize money is available. Submissions are due Thursday, March 31. Submission guidelines and conference details are available here. More information: L. Scott Lissner (

course planning & information
The OSU Department of Art Education has added several new courses for Spring 2011. Find a complete listing on their website (.pdf)

Information on summer dance programs including a Teaching Workshop with Bill Evans has been updated on the seasonal dance intensives and festivals dance resource page.

A continuation of Improvisation in Spring Quarter! 211.04 (28865). 2 CR. T/TH, 4:30-6:00pm. Taught by Maree ReMalia. The continuation of this course will focus on the applications of improvisation in dance practice, creative process, and performance. It will offer students a space to continue an ongoing practice of improvising while serving as a laboratory to investigate their individual interests in this subject area. Students will engage in directed, playful explorations that aim to unleash the subconscious body-mind that will result in the development of phrase material and the creation of individual and group scores. The course will also afford students the opportunity to practice decision-making based on momentary circumstances and bodily impulse. Through a supportive classroom environment, students will be encouraged to make new discoveries that can be applied to choreography and performance, as well as daily life. The course will culminate in an informal showing and possibly as a
performance work in the Spring Concert (dependent upon student
availability for adjudication/selection for the concert).

New Hula Hoop Course! SP11. 601.08 (28871) 1CR. Saturdays, 10am-12pm. Students will gain skills in Hoop, as well as introduction to a number of other circus performance techniques such as stilt and tightrope walking, basic tumbling, and more. Using adult sized, weighted hoops, students will build stamina and core strength by learning control and body articulation. More info: Erik Abbott-Main.

administrative notes
Spring Concert Adjudication is this Saturday, March 12 beginning at 1pm in Sullivant Theatre. All choreographers and dancers should be in the theatre and ready-to-go at 1pm to hear some important announcements. The sign-up sheet will be posted at 8:45am Monday, March 7. The order of the showings will be the same as the order of the sheet unless prior arrangements are made. Please fill in as much info as you can and be prepared to introduce your work Saturday afternoon and tell us where you are in the process/where you see the dance going. All choreographers must enroll in 750, under Bebe Miller, during Spring Quarter. The concert is at the end of the 6th week of the quarter, so preference will be given to works that are (or near) completion. Questions, Bebe or Michael Kelly

SafeZone Project Training. Conference Room, Thursday, March 17 10:30am-12pm. The Safe Zone project seeks to create a safer and more inclusive environment for all members of the campus community by reducing heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia. Through the training program and the display of Safe Zone stickers, the project creates a visible and supportive network of allies within the campus community who have basic knowledge about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Participating in the Safe Zone project indicates willingness and commitment to provide an atmosphere of tolerance, acceptance, and assistance that is free of judgment. The choice to post a Safe Zone sticker is a decision to make a visible statement that others can easily identify.

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:

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