Monday, April 23, 2012

Week 5 Announcements: April 23-27, 2012

This week: John Jasperse's Canyon at the Wexner Center. Master Classes with John Jasperse and Dianne McIntyre on Friday in Pomerene. New listings for jobs, auditions, conferences, intensives, internships and funding, plus travel, research and volunteer opportunities.

OSUdance Alum Kate Enright gives a presentation on dancing in Europe last Monday in Drake.

This weekend: John Jasperse presents “Canyon” at the Wexner Center for the Arts. 
“When John Jasperse makes a new work, it should be seen: end of story.”—New York Times

For this latest piece, choreographer John Jasperse taps into states of wonder and the ineffable and celebrates the transformative power of losing yourself in visceral experience, where the sway of the intellect is held in check by the overwhelming rush of awe. The New York-based Jasperse observes, “a canyon is formed by the simple action of erosion, where the earth yields over time to that repetitive force, giving birth to a majestic landscape of opening rather than of imposition. It isn’t something you understand, per se, yet many have described witnessing nature of this scale as life changing.” Although abstract in form, Canyon seeks to reflect these natural qualities by exploring the extraordinary that originates in the ordinary. The dancers, including Jasperse, turn the stage into a space beyond language, where strangeness, subtlety, spaciousness, density, and fervent shifts all play a role. Purchase tickets here. Join John Jasperse will also be leading a Master Class in the department on Friday, April 27. See below for details.

Added to the Professional Resources Binder under respective headings:
Hiphop Literacies Conference. May 9-11, 2012 at The Ohio State University

Auditions and Competitions
International Audition Tour, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Auditions, Seven Dance Company. June 10, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio
Audition, Repertory Dance Theatre. May 12, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Administrative/Professional Positions
GAA Docent Position, Wexner Center for the Arts

The Marketing and Business of Being an Artist. Summer 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA

Other opportunities:
Avalon Elementary School is seeking instructors/choreographers for their 3rd Annual International Night celebration on May 24, 2012. Avalon wishes to celebrate the many cultures that they represent in their school building. Teachers are needed to instruct some dances native to Hispanic countries, namely Mexico, Puerto Rico, and/or Ecuador. Interested students may contact Gherima Woldemariam here (

LASER Spring Spoken Word Showcase. Call for entries! The Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research presents a Spring Spoken Word Poetry Showcase. They are seeking spoken word entries that demonstrate an artivist/activist spirit. Preferred entries posit your voice in a way that traverses boundaries such as language, race, ethnicity, gender,or sexuality as well as physical boundaries and/or geography. Cash prizes are available for “Best entry.”

VaRiOs InVeNtOs (Various Inventions), the art of Rene Vasquez. Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7:30pm in the L.A.S.E.R. space 2192 Smith Lab. Visit this link and scroll down to “Spring Spoken Word Showcase” for further details.

Added to the Professional Resources Binder under Intensives:
Jump Rhythm Technique: Annual Intensive held at Northwestern University.

Added to the Professional Resources Binder under Fellowships:
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Congratulations to Bebe Miller!  Bebe Miller, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Department of Dance and artistic director of the Bebe Miller Company, is one of 21 of America’s most vital and productive performing artists announced as the first class of Doris Duke Artists, sharing a total of $5.775 million awarded in a new initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation(DDCF). Miller and the other artists will receive an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $225,000, plus as much as $50,000 more in targeted support.

Miller joins artists such as Anne Bogart (theatre), Don Byron (jazz), Ralph Lemon (dance), Elizabeth LeCompte (theater), and Meredith Monk (multidisciplinary performance), among others, for the honor. To qualify for consideration, all of the Doris Duke Artists must have won grants, prizes or awards on a national level for at least three projects over the past 10 years, with at least one having receive support from a DDCF-funded program. The first class of artists were chosen based on demonstrated evidence of exceptional creativity, ongoing self-challenge and the continuing potential to make significant contributions to their fields.

Administrative Professionals Day is April 25! Please join me in thanking Jane, Kate, Odie, and Melissa for their work and dedication to the Department of Dance. Send them a note/text/tweet/fb/or f2f! Did you know that Department staff also apply for grants and do cool things that keep them abreast of current practices in their jobs and lives? Carrie Cox was recently awarded a staff development grant enabling her to attend the United States Institute for Theatre Technology conference – a huge gathering of experts in lighting, design, etc and education about the most recent gadgets and gizmos. Jane Ledford-Adkins was also awarded a grant to support her use of new software and her volunteer work in arts in education. OSU is committed to excellence in all domains, and providing staff with professional development is one strategy. Congratulations to Carrie and Jane! --SVPP

Master Class: Dianne McIntyre. Friday April 27, 2012; 10:30am-12pm. Pomerene 205. Sign up.
Choreographer, dancer, and director Dianne McIntyre was born in 1946 in Cleveland. As a child, she studied ballet with Elaine Gibbs and modern dance with Virginia Dryansky and earned a BFA degree in dance from OSU.

Following her move to New York City in 1970, McIntyre founded her own company, Sounds in Motion, in 1972. McIntyre and her company toured and performed in concert with Olu Dara, Lester Bowie, Cecil Taylor, Max Roach, Butch Morris, David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Ahmed Abdullah, Don Pullen, Anthony Davis, Abbey Lincoln, Sweet Honey in the rock, Hannibal, Oliver Lake, and countless others musicians until 1988, when she closed it to have more time to explore new areas of creative expression. From her studio, McIntyre mentored many dance artists and continues to do so.

McIntyre’s special interest in history and culture as it relates to dance has led to many projects for her in the areas of concert dance, theatre, film, television, and theatre. In addition to completing works for her own companies, she has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Dallas Black Dance. More info at

Master Class: John Jasperse. Friday April 27, 2012; 10:30am-12pm. Pomerene 316. Sign up full. John Jasperse graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1985, and then moved to New York City to live and work. He is Artistic Director/Choreographer of John Jasperse Company. In 1996, Jasperse created Thin Man Dance, Inc., a New York-based not-for-profit organization; this structure supports the work of John Jasperse Company. His work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, and throughout Europe.

Over recent years, Mr. Jasperse’s work has been awarded several prestigious awards both in the United States and abroad, including a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award in 2001 in recognition of his body of choreographic work, the 1999 Scripps/ADF Primus-Tamaris Fellowship, the Doris Duke Award (1998), the 1997 Mouson Award by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, Germany; three prizes in the 1996 Rencontres Internationales Chorégraphiques de Bagnolet; and the Choreography Prize at the 3rd Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition (1996) in Tel Aviv, Israel for Excessories. More info at

Students not signed up for John Jasperse or Dianne McIntyre on Friday, April 27 will take class with Abby Zbikowski in Pomerene 213. Olivier, Bebe, and Meghan will not be teaching on this day, but will be taking attendance.

Catherine Turocy invites students to an open rehearsal on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Drake 1036.

Buck-I-Serv is OSU's alternative break program that sends students across the country over winter, spring, and summer breaks to volunteer on a variety of social issues. All trips are substance free and offer students the chance to not only learn about the social issues their trip is addressing, but immerse themselves in a first hand experience to better their understanding of the issue at large. Currently, they have several different trips available for this summer, June 9-16, 2012. To find out more information or to fill out an application visit the dedicated page on the Buck-I-Serv website.

Dance and Drum in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. July 14-August 5, 2012. Non-Refundable Deposit Due April 21: $300. Remaining Amount Due May 18: $2500. Orientation Meeting #1: May 4, 2012; 2-3:45pm in Pomerene. Orientation Meeting #2: May 18, 2012; 2-3:45pm in Pomerene.

Why should you study abroad in Burkina Faso? This three-week program will allow students to work with teachers from different backgrounds in an exchange of styles, traditions and cultures. Students will train with established African contemporary choreographers and live musicians allowing an immersion into an intercultural collaboration with a context far removed from the American studio. Local excursions to regional safari parks, a Batik making workshop and other visits are also included during the program. Students can earn credit for independent studies. All food, transportation, and lodging are covered. Students will each have their own room and shower. There will be a security guard at the residence. There is free Wi Fi at the residence. The residence is located at an arts center where local and regional performing artists rehearse. Please contact Program Directors: Esther Baker-Tarpaga or Olivier Tarpaga here ( with any further questions.

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