Monday, February 13, 2012

Week 7 Announcements: February 13-17, 2012

performances & special events

A conversation with guest composer Steve Reich

Thursday, February 23, 2012. 12:30-1:20pm in Weigel Hall Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend an open forum spotlighting Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steve Reich, guest artist-in-residence and Drums Downtown IX featured composer. Tim Page, Professor of Journalism and Music at the University of Southern California, and a former Pulitzer winner for music criticism writes: "He (Reich) helped teach the world to listen to music in a new way. Also, it's music that has touched every other kind of music from rock and jazz to hip-hop. He is a universal composer."

Pina in 3D will be showing at the Gateway Film Center on Friday, February 17, 2012. TIME Magazine says: "Pina is, in every way, a moving experience." Pina Bausch was a legendary dancer and choreographer. Her unique creations transformed the language of dance and offer a visual experience like no other. This revolutionary 3D film from director Wim Wenders captures the aesthetic of her greatest works in a sensual, visually stunning journey.
Stay on Friday, February 17 after the 8pm screening for a special Q&A with John Giffin. John Giffin, an OSUDance professor emeritus, performed with the Wuppertaler Tanzteater under the direction of Pina Bausch for 4 years. He was an original cast member in 1973 and created roles in Fritz, Iphigenia, Blaubart, Komm Tanz Mit Mir, Renate Wandert Aus, Kontakthof and Arien. He also danced in the film version of Bausch's seminal choreography of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Don't miss out!

The OSU Interdisciplinary Graduate Film Studies Group presents a screening of short films from OSU students. Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Hagerty Hall 255 at 6:30pm. Join for a viewing, refreshments and discussion! Email elerding.1 to reserve your place.

Drums Downtown IX - Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2012. 8pm
Featuring the music of Steve Reich performed by the OSU School of Music, and choreography by OSU Dance faculty Meghan Durham-Wall, Susan Hadley, and Bebe Miller. Capitol Theatre at the Riffe Center. 77 South High St. Tickets: CAPA (614) 469-0939. OSU Theatre Box Office: (614) 292-2295. Visit the event page on Facebook.

Academics and Activism Forum
Join faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members for an all-day forum on the various intersections of academics and activism on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 9am-3:30pm in the Multicultural Center. Topics include teaching strategies, the politics of higher education, curriculum development and student activism and organizing. Open to the university community and the public. RSVP to Read more on the DISCO website.

course planning & information
Pointe Class for dance majors and minors is being offered this Spring. Join Joyelle Fobbs on T/TH next quarter from 6-7pm: Dance 601.02 (5392).

ACCAD Spring Course Offerings can be found here.

jobs, auditions & conferences
This spring, Ohio PIRG Students is looking for Ohio State University students to work on the New Voters Project, a non-partisan effort to turn out the youth vote. Students go through a 5-week training program to learn how to organize the campaign on campus and engage their peers on issues that matter to them. Apply at the Ohio PIRG Students Internship Page.

The Digital Union is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant. The successful candidate will be a customer service-oriented individual with exceptional writing skills to synthesize white papers and compose blog posts on a variety of emerging learning technologies. This team player should have an intellectual curiosity for new and innovative use of technology in the classroom as well as some teaching experience. Mobile application and software development skills, multimedia skills, and experience using Carmen are a bonus. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Megan Troyer (troyer.59) by February 17, 2012 to be considered for this position.

Summer job opportunities at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet have been added to the OSUdance Professional Resources Page.

Calling all Dancers! LOCALITY, the independent dance festival celebrating Columbus' bicentennial will be auditioning dancers on February 19, 2012, 2-4pm at the Columbus Dance Theater. Seeking dancers for site-specific, dance for camera, outdoor performances and indoor theater concerts in October 2012. Paid positions open to all dancers and will involve a variety of styles. Like Locality 2012 on Facebook, or visit the event page or the Dance in Columbus website for more info.

tech news
The Dance Notation Bureau is pleased to announce the Online Digital Archive which is available at the DNB's website. The Online Digital Archive consists of two components: movie image excerpts and notation excerpts. The aim of the DNB Online Digital Archive is to provide visual aids to stagers and teachers for selecting dance(s) that suit their preferences and needs in movement style, cast numbers, dancers' techniques, and/or choreography. There are a total of 24 dances with short excerpts of notation in PDF and moving image(s). All of these are open for educational and research purposes. Please contact Mei-Chen Lu, Director of Library Services, for educational and research use. Permission to stage the dances vary in some cases. Please contact Alice Helpern, Director of Programs for the fees and staging information.

One-on-One Communication Technology Support
The Communication Technology Consultant program (CTC), housed in Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, can be of assistance to instructors and administrators who are transitioning from quarters to semesters. In the switch to semesters, all instructors will be revamping their syllabi, and with that comes testing out new assignments, work flows, and possibly new software or systems. We would like to highlight our services and help make it a smooth transition. Administrators and administrative staff may also need to refresh their knowledge of communication technologies like those listed below.
Our consultants--undergraduates with advanced technology skills--meet with the client in their office or workspace and work on their particular project. This specialized, completely free, one-on-one help is often what our clients need to best learn new technology practices. We currently offer help with the following but are open to other requests as well:
  • Course-management software (Carmen)
  • Video capturing, editing, publishing (iMovie, Movie Maker)
  • Audio capturing, editing, publishing (Audacity, Garageband)
  • Image-editing software (Photoshop)
  • Web-development (Dreamweaver, Wordpress)
  • Animation (Flash)
  • Digital assets management (Media Manager, Dropbox)
  • Web 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis)
Please do not hesitate to write us (Dickie Selfe.3 or Tim Jensen.125) with questions or comments.

Many of you have no doubt started to see a large construction corral and demolition crews around Sullivant Hall. Professor Dave Covey recently toured the premises and the photos he took of the inside are staggering. We will post some pictures soon so you can see the transformation from beginning to end. Stay tuned!

The 2012 Application for the Dance Preservation Fund has been announced. Established in 1994 to further the recording of dance through awards to current students, graduates of the department, current faculty and emeriti, the fund is also available to visiting artists, researchers, and notators in residence. Approximately $15,000 available annually. Applications due Friday, April 6, 2012. Application review will be made in early May by the Dance Notation Bureau Extension Committee. Notification of results will be made no later than May 31, 2012. More information and application available on the OSUdance Giving page.

The Dance Council of North Texas is pleased to announce a summer scholarship for dance writers. The scholarship honors Margaret Putnam, distinguished Dallas/Fort worth dance critic for over 30 years. She has been published in DanceMagazine, Village Voice, The Dallas Morning News, and other print publications. Currently her writings appear on the TheatreJones website. To be considered, you must be a DCNT member. See the DCNT website for membership information and/or to register to receive Center Stage, the weekly newsletter. For more info contact Amanda Stone, co-chair DCNT Scholarship Committee. 214-882-8967 or

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants, Advanced Graduate Students Through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Critical Difference for Women Program at OSU will award up to 3 dissertation and terminal Masters/MFA grants this year. Grants are intended to fund research and other activities that go into the preparation of a dissertation, thesis for a terminal Masters, or an MFA project. The grants competition is administered by the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants Committee. For more info, visit the grant page and scroll down.

Washington & Jefferson College presents the first Spring Fling Intercollegiate Dance Competition on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Prizes and awards are available for dancers in a variety of genres; solos, duets, trios or more. Interested choreographers should contact Katie Lynch ( ) and have all application materials in by Friday, March 9, 2012.

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