Monday, October 03, 2011

Week 2 Announcements: October 3-7, 2011

Featured image: One of our swing space studios in Pomerene Hall. Photo courtesy Dave Covey.

performances & special events
Mirror Lake Amphitheater Show
Presented by Moving Performing Arts (MAP) Club
Friday, October 7, 2011 at 7pm. RSVP on Facebook.
All are invited to the first informal performance of MAP: a club which brings together all genres of dance, music, and medias. This group allows all students of different artistic backgrounds to express themselves on campus and the greater Columbus community. MAP will give students the opportunity to take master classes, collarborate with guest artists, and to participate in developing two performances a year. MAP will be formerly recognized by The Ohio State University during winter quarter; contact Rachel Switlick (.2) or Elaine Berman (.94) for further details.

Hands-On Multi-Media Play for Dancers: A free workshop at the EMMA Lab. Facilitator: Teoma Naccarato. Location: 1224 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH. Saturday October 15, 2011; 12:00-2:30pm. This workshop will provide practical skills and creative play at the Experimental Media and Movement Arts Lab (EMMA). Through constructing a multi-media environment as a team, participants will gain hands-on experience with the sound system, light board, video cameras and projectors. Structured improvisation will foster interaction between diverse media in real time (using Isadora software). No prior experience is required, and OSU undergrads, grads, staff and faculty are welcome. This is an introduction to EMMA aimed at sharing the resources and possibilities of this unique lab on campus! Workshop participants will be limited to eight. It is also possible to set up small group orientation sessions at EMMA. For registration and inquiries email Teoma Naccarato (.2).

Columbus Contact Jam - Fridays 4:30 - 6:30pm in Drake 1036, FREE. Contact Improvisation (CI) is a physical investigation into gravity, momentum, and weight sharing between two or more bodies. Dancers move with constant attentiveness to their own bodies, impulses, and trajectories, while listening and responding authentically to their partners. The form encourages mindful awareness and mutual exchange. The Friday Jam is an open, informal space to which dancers of all types and backgrounds are invited to explore their bodies in a kinesthetic relationship to other bodies. The jam is not facilitated, but beginners are welcome and can receive an informal introduction to the form.

OSU Navratri 2011
Friday, October 14-15, 2011; 7:30pm. The Ohio Union. Archie M.Griffin Ballroom. Admission: $8. RSVP on Facebook. The Indian Students Association here at The Ohio State University, in association with the Gujarati Mandal are proud to bring a flavor of the nine auspicious days of the Indian calendar. This event is one of energy, dancing, culture and colors - So bring out your dandiya sticks, dress up and be ready to absorb some "Desi Flavor."

master classes & residences
Master Class and Lec/Dem with Rebecca Bryant
Lec/Dem: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
4:30-5:50pm in Drake 1036

Master Class: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
10:30am-12pm in Pomerene 316

Known for work that is “politically charged, yet humorously staged”, Rebecca Bryant creates performances that combine set and improvised movement with sound, text, video and objects. She is a member of the Lower Left Performance Collective (dance/theater) and co-founder of the Past Modern Performance Duo (dance/percussion). She has worked with choreographers Nina Martin, Victoria Marks, Shelley Senter, Wally Cardona, Kim Epifano, and Lionel Popkin, and has performed across the US and in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Romania, Norway, and Sweden. She has recently completed residencies at Djerassi (California) and Guapamacátaro (Mexico). Rebecca currently teaches contemporary dance techniques and improvisation at Purdue University.

Workshops & Master Classes with Guest Artist, Sara Wookey. Tuesday, October 11Thursday, October 13, 2011. To sign up, contact Susan Van Pelt Petry (.37).

Wednesday, October 12, 2011; 2:30-4:00pm.
Master Class in Bebe's Grad Comp.

Thursday, October 13, 2011; 4:30-6:00pm.
LEC/DEM. Location TBA

Sara Wookey is a dancer, choreographer and multi- disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. From 1996-2006 she was based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where she created over a dozen evening-length dance- theater works and taught at the Amsterdam School for the Arts. Since relocating to the United States in 2006 to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California in Los Angeles, her work has grown to include site-based projects and social practices in collaboration with visual artists, architects and urban planners. Her work has been presented nationally at Links Hall in Chicago, the Hammer Museum and REDCAT in Los Angeles. She is a certified teacher of Yvonne Rainer’s seminal dance work Trio A (1963) and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts, University of California, Irvine and California State University Long Beach. For more infomation, visit or

Sara Wookey will be leading a three-day intensive workshop where students create site oriented experiments that explore alternative roles of audience and performer and test transparent qualities of "performing". The first day will focus on researching a site and gathering material. The second day will be dedicated to developing performance structures that will be tested on the third and final day. Working towards creating situations or experiences over performance as product, students will test out approaches to choreography that is inspired by the Situationists International movement in Paris (1950's) and more current trends of spatial and public practices prevalent among visual artists. This workshop aligns with Sara's lecture on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Students are encouraged to attend that lecture to amplify their experience in such a short intensive.

course planning & information

Study Abroad Expo
. October 6, 2011; 10am-2pm in Thompson Library. (Details)

Department of Dance in Burkina Faso this summer
Scholarships for studying abroad are due October 21, 2011! For questions about study abroad contact OIA or Professor Baker-Tarpaga at (.1)

Vocal Spotlight, a group of 12 highly skilled singers (generally "non dancers") are looking for interesting, but simple choreography to enhance visual interest of 8 to 10 songs, for their December Christmas Benefit Concert, "Music and Memories" held December 9-11, 2011.
Staging and Choreography must not interfere with the quality of the vocal performance. Senior Dance or MFA students preferred. We anticipate three (two hour) Monday and or occasional Thursday night practices (7-9pm). Practices will be held at Northland Performing Arts Center. It is possible to arrange transportation (if needed). There will be a $50.00 honorarium per two-hour practice. Letter of Recommendation will be provided at the end of successful performance. There may be a lyric dancer needed for one song as well. Please contact Donnalynn Laver, Artistic Director, by Monday, October 2, 2011 at for more information.

performance opportunities
Audition Notice for Drums Downtown, Dance Uptown and EMMA Repertory. Saturday, October 8, 2011; 11:45am in Pomerene Hall. Click here to download more information.

jobs, auditions & conferences
The Ohio Arts Presenters Network seeks production volunteers to support the Annual Showcase at the Columbus Athenaeum and Lincoln Theatre, October 24-26, 2011. This is a great opportunity to observe how presenters, artists, and artist managers network and "sell their wares" to one another. From dance and theatre to puppetry and just about every form of music, the annual showcase provides artists of all kinds a chance to appeal to national presenters looking to book future performing arts seasons. Students wishing to volunteer will be expected to "wrangle" artists (which means making sure they know where to go and at what time), and may be asked to be official "time keepers" as artists tech their work before showcases begin. This is a great job for future stage managers. What's in it for you? A peek into the mechanics of how presenters and artists showcase their talents, book their talents, and befriend other brothers and sisters in the performing arts trenches. (And maybe a meal, depending on how long you're able to volunteer.) For more information, please contact Carrie Cox (cox.193), who will also be volunteering her time. Come join!

An Assistant Professor position at Virginia Commonwealth University has been added to the OSU dance Professional Resources Page. Check back often for updates.

administrative notes
Are the Ballet Barres becoming loose in Drake 1036? Please note that there is a screwdriver available in the plastic studio bin to tighten them. Please help out when possible.

New: Rehearsal Space Available at EMMA! 1224 Kinnear Rd, 43212.
Students will are now able to request rehearsal hours at EMMA for non-media related work. Requests should be submitted online based on available hours (M/W 4:00-6:00pm & T/TH 3:00-7:00pm) and will be assigned based on department policy. Rehearsal hours are for non-media based work, and you may not use any equipment in the space without permission. An EMMA staff member or GA will be present for all rehearsals. Occasionally, classes, demos, and funded projects may need to take priority over general rehearsal time. Warning will given as far in advance as possible. For media based work, propose a project to EMMA instead. More details regarding rehearsal at EMMA can be found on the studio request form.

course planning & information
Spring Quarter date changes for Dance Uptown and Spring Dance Festival

1. Dance Uptown with works by Esther Baker-Tarpaga and by Bebe Miller, is now scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, 2011; location TBA (9th week of quarter instead of 6th)

2. Spring Dance Festival with works by seniors and other students, including a portion in EMMA, is the week of May 7-12, 2011; exact times and spaces TBA. (7th week of quarter instead of 8th)

This change reflects a shift in rehearsal and repertory planning due to the development of more significant involvement in Drums Downtown. More information will follow regarding how (and when) "adjudication" will take place for the Spring Dance Festival. Thank you for your patience with this shift.

news in dance
July/August 2011 Dance on Camera Journal
The second article of the July/August 2011 Dance on Camera Journal is available on the DFA website! Jeannette Ginslov offers a detailed synthesis on Aristotle's Rhetoric and how to apply theoretical concepts to the filmmaking process in "Camera as____" Loading the frame in screendance. To read the journal in full, become a member of DFA.

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