Monday, April 04, 2011

Week 2 Announcements: April 4-8, 2011

Featured image: Chair Susan Van Pelt Petry introduces OSUdance students to one of the Pomerene Hall swing spaces. For more info on our upcoming renovation, visit the "Raise the Roof" page on the OSUdance website.

performances & special events
SPRING MFA Thesis Concert: Here, then, us and the other. April 14-16, 2011; 8pm in Sullivant Theater. Featuring work by: Kristen Jeppsen Groves, Teoma Naccarato and Maree ReMalia. For a complimentary ticket, sign up to usher on the Production Board outside Studio 1! Advanced tickets: OSU Theatre Box Office: 614 292 2295. More info and RSVP on Facebook.

CAPA Presents
Complexions Contemporary Ballet.Thursday & Friday, April 7-8, 2011. Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center. Special Offer: Enjoy 50% off single tickets when you use code DANCE. Students can enjoy a $10 ticket by using code STUDENT. Restoration and service fees may apply. Does not apply to previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with other offers.

Dance Uptown is coming!
Advance tickets are now available for Dance Uptown, Thursday and Friday, May 26 & 27, 2011! Check out the website for more details. Promo video coming soon.

master classes & residences

Andreya Ouamba & Fatou Cisse
Technique class. Wednesday, April 6, 2011. 10:30-12pm in Studio 3. Lec/Dem. Thursday April 7, 2011. 2:45-4:15pm in the Theatre. Sign-ups (10 additional) posted next to Studio 1.
Born in Congo, based in Senegal, Andréya Ouamba is one of the major emerging choreographers in West Africa. He won first prize at the prestigious competition Danse L’Afrique Danse 2007 with the duet Improvisé 2, which has since toured globally. Andréya Ouamba was invited by Festival Avignon to commission a solo for him from Kenyan artists Opiyo Okach, which has also toured internationally, inc. Theater der Welt in Germany in summer 2008. Andreya is a catalyst of dance development in Dakar. He is artistic director and organizer of AEx Corps, a periodical workshop and experimental program for West African dancers. He recently collaborated with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels, which is currently touring the USA with performances at BAM, UCLA Live, The Walker Art Center, and Miami. Ouamba has performed and led residencies for Working Dance Festival in London, in Germany, France, and recently implemented a Dakar-based residency for local dancers and international teachers.

Performance Artist John Leaños visits OSU
for lunch and performance event featuring his own work along with one by OSUDance MFA, Alexis del Sol. Friday, April 15, 2011
12-1pm: Pizza with Students at the MCC lounge. 8pm: Public performance at the Ohio Union, Round Meeting room.

Repertory Dance Theatre / Merce Cunningham Intensive
June 13-24, 2011 – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
RDT is celebrating the legacy of Merce Cunningham by hosting two Cunningham Master Teachers, Patricia Lent and Neil Greenberg. Ms. Lent will teach a two-hour Cunningham technique class each morning and also the repertory class which will feature Cunningham’s 1967 work, Scramble, a work that students will learn alongside the RDT company. Mr. Greenberg will teach the composition class based on a historical 1978 workshop Merce conducted which led students through the compositional process of his 1976 work Torse. Two partial scholarships will be offered to OSUDance students. Contact MKB at ( for more info.
Featured image: visiting artist Gregory Maqoma discusses his work Southern Bound Comfort with OSUdance Assistant Professor Esther Baker-Tarpaga and participants at last week's guest artist Q&A.

jobs, auditions & conferences
Positions have been added to the OSUDance professional resources page, including GAA positions at the Wexner Center for the Arts and a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Western Kentucky University.

Call for Submissions: Topanga Film Festival Dance Film Showcase. This is the second year for the program directed and curated by Cari Ann Shim Sham*, which for it's first year in 2010, screened films including Nora (Alla Kovgan & David Hinton), Advance (Mitchell Rose), Mothers & Daughters (Margaret Williams & Victoria Marks) and Chili Pepper (David Rousseve).

Submissions should focus on one of the following areas:
1.) Choreography for camera-original work made specifically for video or film or re-staged for the camera.
2.) Experimental and digital technologies-work that extend the boundaries of dance and can exist only in video, film or new technologies.
3.) Student work-submissions produced while the filmmakers were students or by current students.
Deadlines: Early Deadline $25: April 15, 2011, Regular Deadline $35: May 15, 2011. Late Deadline $40: May 31, 2011. Please apply through Withoutabox. For more info, visit the Topanga Film Festival website.

dance intensives
Dance Festival with Service Learning Focus
At the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project, college women and recent graduates study somatics, contemporary dance, and improvisation each morning; teach dance classes and mentor middle school girls each afternoon; and participate in professional development workshops with the professional dance artists in the evenings. For more information, visit the website or contact Travis ( Move, connect, and create at the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project. June 19-24, 2011, Ohio University, Athens, OH and July 24-29, 2011, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

course planning & information
English 789: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Digital Media. See attached flyer for a graduate class that emphasizes the theoretical analysis of our media-saturated educational environment and the active production of media projects. This is the introductory graduate course for the Digital Media Studies specialization in English.

Cope: Japan. Ricky Morant, of Cirque du Soleil Tokyo, is looking for choreographers interested in submitting a work to benefit Japan relief efforts & the Red Cross. The performance will be at the BalletMet Performance Space on Sunday, April 17, 2011; 7pm. To sign up or for more info,

Choreographed works should observe the following guidelines:
• 3 minutes in length.
• Created in 11 hours: This means a series of rehearsals that total 11 hours.
• Represent your reaction to the events in Japan but also to what is happening to the world as we know it.
• Words to consider in process: Cope, strength, perseverance, community, determination.

Faculty choreographers and scholars, as well as graduate students heading into the world! Check out this information session about artist residencies and "retreats" being offered this spring by the Alliance of Artists Communities on May 12:

Call for Applicants: The Fulbright Commission offers 1 award in Dance to pursue at Roehampton University (London). More information here.

Critical Difference Professional Development Grants
Professional Development and Women of Color Advancement Grants are available for women faculty and staff continuously employed by Ohio State for at least one year, and students (graduate/professional students with a 3.0 GPA and undergraduates with a 2.5 GPA). Grants can be used for professional development activities, research, etc. Significant financial need is a key consideration. Applications are due Thursday, April 14 and are available online.

Career Development Grant program encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field. Students will submit their Career Development Grant Application to the Council of Graduate Students (CGS) for an opportunity to receive an award to defray costs associated with the development of their careers. Grants of up to $250 will be awarded for professional development activities, such as conferences, professional association dues, licensure fees, study materials for licensure, and workshops. Spring 2011 Deadline: April 25, 2011. Funding Period: June 20, 2011 -September 20, 2011. Applicants will be notified by June 6, 2011. Visit the dedicated page on the CGS website for more information.

administrative notes
Submit Faculty, Emeriti, Alumni, and current Student news to be included in In-Form Magazine by May 15, 2011. Photos taken from rehearsals, performances, classes, and more can be added to the stock collection. Submissions should be sent to Maree (

Free books!
There is a hamper of books in the loading dock room by Studio 4 that are all up for grabs. Many of them focus on visual art, but there are also a number of dance books. Please help yourself.

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