Monday, October 10, 2011

Week 3 Announcements: October 10-14, 2011

performances & special events
Alexis del Sol will be presenting the first incarnation of her MFA project at the Wexner Center. The performance, a collaboration with 3 other Latina artists, is sponsored by the Multicultural Center as part of Hispanic Heritage month. See below for details.

Donde Hay Vida, There is Art. A celebration of art, dance, theatre, and digital media. October 14-15, 2011; 8pm at the Wexner Center Black Box Performance Space 1871 North High Street. Columbus, OH 43210. Free and open to the public. Tickets at The OSU Multicultural Center (614-688-8449), Wexner Center Box Office or email Alexis del Sol (.1). Reception Friday, Talk back Saturday. Seating is limited.

Alexis will be performing a similar work at the MFA Performance with Amanda Byars and Erik Abbott-Main on November 18-19, 2011 at the Northland Performing Arts Center.

Reminder: Workshop at EMMA
Hands-On Multi-Media Play for Dance Artists: A free workshop at the EMMA Lab. Saturday October 15, 2011; 12-2:30pm. Facilitator: Teoma Naccarato. Location: 1224 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH. 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).

Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble
The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany) 2011-2012 season continues on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (7:30-9pm) with the acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. Presented in collaboration with the King Arts Complex, this interactive theatrical experience reveals and demystifies the beauty and experiences found in the world of dance.

Thiossane Institute
Join us as we host the principal dancer from National Ballet du Senegal Tacko Cissokho
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6:30pm in the Lincoln Theatre Ballroom. $10.00
Open to the public. All levels welcome and bring a friend! at the Lincoln Theatre: 769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205. More info at

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture
Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 4:30pm – 11th Floor Thompson Library
Interactive Shakespeare: Processes and Provocations
Struan Leslie, Head of Movement at the Royal Shakespeare Company, will deliver the annual Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture. Leslie has performed, directed, and devised work in theatre, opera, dance, and live art. His practice draws on a wide range of contexts of application, experimentation, and exploration of movement including choreography, architecture, music, and fine art. His work has been presented extensively in the repertoires of theatre companies throughout Europe and in the US, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, English and Welsh National Opera, Geneva Opera, Berkeley Rep, and American Repertory Theatre to name but a few. Struan choreographed the BBC's highly acclaimed television series Casanova. More information at

Esmerelda: Bolshoi Ballet. Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Gateway Film Center. 1:30-5pm. Presented by Ballet in Cinema. See performances from the world's greatest ballet companies in high definition on our big screen. All seats $15. Three hours with two intermissions. This classic tale of love and loyalty triumphing over corruption is inspired by Victor Hugo’s famous novel, Notre Dame de Paris. The cunning archdeacon Claude Frollo, who burns with desire for Esmeralda, incites Clopin to abduct her and orders the hunchback Quasimodo to take part in the operation.

jobs, auditions & conferences
Positions at Rutgers, Hollins University and the University of Idaho have been added to the OSU dance Professional Resources page. Check back for updates.

The Popular Culture Association is seeking papers on any aspect of Africana/African and African American Popular Culture. Please send a short abstract (by November 30, 2011) of a paragraph or two describing the paper (or panel if you have 3-4 participants) to

The Ohio Arts Presenters Network seeks production volunteers to support their 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 (.193), who will also be volunteering her time. Come join!

master classes & residences
Guest Artist this week: Sara Wookey. See last week's entry for bio.
Tuesday, October 11-Thursday, October 13, 2011. To sign up, contact Susan Van Pelt Petry (.37). 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.

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

Lecture: Thursday, October 13, 2011; 4:30-6pm in Hopkins 262. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art. Sara Wookey will be presenting exciting new works by Los Angeles based artists. She will focus on collectives such as the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Fallen Fruit, and others who address the body, site, socio-spatial conditions and spatial justice in the city through a particular poetry and contagious humor. She will also be sharing her latest project, Being Pedestrian, a performance-alternative cultural tourism campaign that prompts people to walk in Los Angeles. Take away, limited edition Being Pedestrian guides will be available at the talk. Open to dancers, choreographers, visual artists and those interested in art making, performance and urban redevelopment.

course planning & information

Interested in dancing in Burkina Faso this summer? Information can be found here. More dance-abroad opportunities can be found here.

Pre-registration is Friday, October 14 between 12:30-1:30pm. We will prepare you for registering for classes taken in Winter Quarter 2012. First year undergrads will take care of this in their Freshmen Seminar with Hadley and Hale, everyone else will meet at 12:30 on Friday, October 14 in Pom 316 – Grads on the other-side-of-the-wall, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors dispersed around the bigger space. Transfer students should work with the group you anticipate graduating with.

For those of you who are new to the department, these are important department wide meetings where faculty will talk you through the major and non-major dance offerings for the upcoming winter and spring quarters. Additionally, we will explain the unique or special departmental offerings for winter. It is an essential aspect of advising in our department – everyone teaching or taking classes during winter must attend.

If you have questions, undergraduates should contact Susan Hadley and graduates should contact Candace Feck. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors should plan on staying in 316 for the various colloquia following pre-reg.

GTAs will need to deliver their projected winter schedules by Friday, October 21. On October 24 a draft of projected assignments will be given to Exec and on October 25 the draft will be given to Grad Studies for their input. By the October 26 or 27 you will get a first draft of teaching assignments and finalize them with your input by Monday, October 31. General research and support assignments will be included, but some of the final specifics of those assignments will need to be fleshed out during the remainder of the quarter.

UGR Scholarship application is due November 4, 2011.
Seniors may apply now and Juniors can start planning to apply in the future. Applications can be found on the Arts & Sciences web site. Please see Dave Covey with any questions.

ServeCorps at Ohio State
Application deadline is Friday, October 14, 2011 for service opportunities with ServeCorps at OSU: Buck-I-Serv and Make a Difference Day. These opportunities and additional scholarship and grant information can be found on the OSU Dance Professional Resources Page.

administrative notes
Here comes a wonderful opportunity
Thanks to Bebe Miller and - all OSU students and faculty now have the opportunity to take advantage of what calls a "video-on-demand platform," presenting filmic versions of contemporary performance in high-definition format to online audiences. Currently we are on trial with the intention to sign up for the educational subscription. Go check it out at

The Student Technology Consultant Program in the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing invites you to request help with instructional and research technologies. This program trains undergraduates to support technology use by faculty, staff, and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. If our expertise is appropriate and we are not inundated with requests in ASC, we will also work with others across campus.
We currently offer help with the following: Course-management software (Carmen), Video capturing, editing, publishing (iMovie, Movie Maker), Audio capturing, editing, publishing (Audacity, Garageband), Image-editing software (Photoshop), Web-development software (Dreamweaver), Web-building and animation (Flash), Digital assets management (Media Manager), Web 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis),Web-based applications (the production, storage, and publication of documents, calendars, etc.) Others if we can locate the expertise. Request form for one-on-one help with communication technologies.

Our annual InForm magazine is online! Read all about OSU Dance’s innovative plans for renovation, our annual performance series and accomplished list of guest artists. Also, learn about our participation in conferences, choreography, performance, and training both at home and abroad and much, much more!

news in dance
Ruth Currier, director of the José Limón Dance Company and former artist-in residence at OSU, passed away on October 4, 2011. She was born in Ohio as Ruth Miller, and attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina before dancing with Doris Humphrey and Jose Limon. After spending 5 years working at Ohio State, she retuned to New York to direct the Limon company. She leaves an extensive legacy and more information on a memorial service can be found on the Jose Limon website.

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