Monday, May 16, 2011

Week 8 Announcements: May 16-20, 2011

Featured video: Michael Kelly Bruce discusses Hummingbird, to be performed at Dance Uptown, this May 26-27, 2011. Video by Dante Brown.

Featured image: Rehearsal for Olivier Tarpaga's L'ombre du Silence in preparation for Dance Uptown. May 26-27, 2011. Photo by Catherine Proctor.

performances & special events
Monday, May 16, 2011; 8pm in Weigel Hall Auditorium. The OSU Percussion Ensemble presents an evening of works for mallet keyboard ensemble. Highlights of the program will include a jazz-fusion inspired marimba quartet by New York City-based composer Daniel Levitan, a large scale work, Crown of Thorns by David Maslanka and two arrangements of original songs by Toru Takemitsu. Tickets are available at the door (cash or check only): $6 gen admission / $4 senior citizens and students w/ID

Wednesday, May 18, 2011; 8pm in Weigel Hall Auditorium. The Johnstone Fund for New Music presents Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer David Lang on campus at OSU. A one-hour retrospective of Lang’s most riveting works, including Cheating, Lying, Stealing for bass clarinet, cello, piano, and three percussionists; Heroin for voice and cello with video footage of Lou Reed by Doug Aitken; so called laws of nature for four percussionists; Press Release for solo bass clarinet; revolutionary etudes for saxophone quartet; lend lease for piccolo and percussion; Born to be Wild for solo percussionist; and Table of Contents for two percussionists. Participating musicians include members of the OSU New Music Collective, the OSU Percussion Ensemble, and the Pendulum Duo (Joseph Krygier and Susan Powell).
Artist, Interrupted: A Women's Art Collective presents Home Front at the Wild Goose Creative on Friday, May 20, 2011. Enjoy works by local female visual artists, choreographers, musicians, and interdisciplinary artists. From whimsical paintings to vibrant solos Artist, Interrupted will present works inspired by their continued efforts to balance family and art life. Bring the entire family for an evening of fine art. Doors open at 6:30pm and live performance begins at 7:15pm $5 (cash only) admission. Visit the Artist, Interrupted website for more info.

Artist Suzanne Bocanegra's First Person Shooter will have its world premiere on Friday, May 20, 2011, 3:30pm in The Ohio State University's Plumb Hall Agricultural Arena. The performance is presented by The Ohio State University Department of Art Living Culture Initiative in collaboration with the School of Music, the Department of Dance and the Department of Greek and Latin.

A related event, The War Room, will take place in Haskett Hall on Thursday, May 19, 2011 between 3:30 and 4pm. The Interdisciplinary Connections class will be involved performing an improvised score in The War Room, and acting as ‘gesture leaders’ for the audience-participatory yell choruses in First Person Shooter

AGORA 8. Saturday, May 28, 2011. 12pm-12am. The maze-like layout of Junctionview provides the perfect environment for guests to enjoy the work of local artists of varied mediums. Fire & Dance performance by Kristina Isabelle Dance & Couchfire Collective at dusk. RSVP on Facebook.

Ready for Dance Uptown? It’s coming Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, 2011; 8pm at Mershon Auditorium. RSVP on Facebook.

master classes & residences
Opiyo Okach Masterclass
Wednesday, May 18, 2011; 10:30am-12pm in Studio 3 (during Olivier Tarpaga's technique class). Sign-up for 8 will be posted by Tuesday morning.
Movement Practice/Q&A
Thursday, May 19, 2011; 2:45-4:15pm (during
Esther Baker Tarpaga’s Contemporary Dance Africa Course.)
Opiyo Okach divides his time and work development between France and Kenya. Through long-term choreographic development initiatives, Okach has acted as a catalyst for new directions and perspectives in dance from East Africa and continues to support the emergence of a new generation of dance artists. Okach’s recent work, shift…centre, is an evolutionary process in which audiences, local artists and company dancers occupy the same scenographic space. shift…centre premiered in Nairobi in 2005 and has toured in France, Germany, South Africa, Mozambique, Brazil and the UK. Okach is artistic director of GĂ ara Dance Foundation, created in 2002 to consolidate the choreographic activity initiated in Kenya. Its activities include choreographic research, artist residency, choreographic exchange, support for creation and dissemination of work. Regional and pan-African exchange such as the Dance Encounters (East African Dance Encounters 2003, Retracing Connections 2004, Encoding Identities) and Performance Lab Nairobi 2011 are part of its mission.

jobs, auditions & conferences
OAPN is also accepting applications for the Young Artists Initiative. The winning applicant will be given a one-year membership in the organization, get feedback about support materials and marketing, and receive listing and promotion through the organization, which represents about 200 arts presenters throughout Ohio. More information here.

administrative notes
Gearing up for Dance Uptown in the splendid (and huge) Mershon Auditorium
! Challenge to the entire Department of Dance: use every social network skill at your fingertips to spread the news. Share the event site on Facebook with all your friends. Tweet tweet about it. Etcetera. Posters are just the tip of the iceberg. Those of you in the show need to be recruiting warm bodies in those seats! You deserve it. But it doesn't just happen. Go and kinect/connect. The choreography is stunning and interesting and the dancers are powerful and beautiful. Let's part-ay. Live flesh and sweat. Nothing beats it.

kudos & shout-outs
Congrats to all everyone who participated in last week’s Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. OSUDance salutes Haley Harrison for taking 3rd place with her Burkina Faso Research Project!

message from the chair
Production Calendar
Faculty and staff have been juggling the many questions and challenges of creating a production calendar for 2011-2012 that provides appropriate performance opportunities for students, creative outlets for choreographers, budget-conscious use of venues, and considered pacing and use of our most precious resource, time.

There will be:
  • 3 MFA events 
  • 2 Student Concerts (1 "unplugged" in Pomerene, 1 as a Festival with EMMA and sites; note seniors projects are produced in one of those three options: Pomerene Gym "Unplugged", EMMA/Spring Festival, Site/Spring Festival)
  • 2 Faculty/Guest Choreography events (Drums Downtown at the Riffe, and Dance Uptown)
There will also be more information coming in time about:
  • 1 off-site senior project, self produced
  • A series of small site projects from an "Open Rep" in Autumn Quarter (see information elsewhere in blog about this)
  • Some informal video in-house viewing/sharings aka "Fridays at 5"
  • Guests doing master classes/lectures
  • A Contact Improvisation weekend jam 1st weekend of Spring Quarter (outside organizers)
Here follows the production calendar and adjudications for events:

Autumn Quarter
  • Thursday, September 22, 2011
    Departmental Meeting 12:30-1:30pm in Pom 316
  • Saturday, October 8, 12-4pm, Casting auditions for Drums Downtown and Dance Uptown (NOTE: this is a change from previously published date)
  • Friday-Saturday, November 18-19, 2011
    MFA Concert #1, Byars, Abbott-Main, Del-Sol; Northland Performing Arts Center
  • Saturday, December 3, 2011
    Adjudication for Winter Concert, ACDFA 1-4pm
Winter Quarter
  • Wednesday, January 4, 2012
    Departmental Meeting 12:30-1:30 Pom 316
  • Friday, January 20, 2012
    Dance on Camera + Nordstrom at Gateway
  • Friday-Saturday, February 3-4, 2012
    MFA Zbikowski and Brown
  • Friday-Saturday, February 24- 25, 2012
  • Drums Downtown; faculty/guest choreographers
  • Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, 2012
    Winter Concert Unplugged; Student Concert #1 (includes some seniors) Pomerene Gym; risers/chairs
  • Saturday, March 10, 2012; adjudication for Spring Dance Festival 1-4pm
I am looking forward to all this work! As soon as we know which Faculty and Guest choreographers will be doing Drums and Uptown, we will let you know!

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