Friday, November 02, 2012

Week 12 Announcements: November 2-8, 2012

Upcoming: Department Study Abroad Forum, Ohad Fishof Lecture on Architecture, Contact Improv Master Class with Jordan Fuchs, Dance Wellness demo, Course Planning, Opportunities, Renovation News, Kudos and more.

Featured photo: New work by Rodney A. Brown, from last week's Dance Uptown showing.

         SPECIAL EVENTS       

Premiere: Sparkle. Friday, November 2, 2012, 7pm at Dayton Art Institute – Renaissance Auditorium. Legends usually concern mythology and tall tales. That is, until you see Sheri “Sparkle” Williams dance. Her life in dance is magnificently captured in the documentary film “Sparkle,” which won the 2012 Audience Award at the prestigious SilverDocs festival. Created by Academy Award nominated film makers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, Sparkle gives you a living legend, the career of a dancer dancing long after customarily possible, only to astound every new audience each time. The Dayton Premiere includes a viewing of this short film, a brief talk by the film makers and DCDC Artistic Director, the world premiere of a dance created by choreographer Rodney A. Brown for Sparkle The Gatherer/weething, and a short performance by the world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

The Department of Theatre and School of Music present the solve-it-yourself Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. November 7-11, 2012 in Thurber Theatre.

Catch the Royal Shakespeare Company Young People's Shakespeare production of King Lear through Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake.

Lecture on Architecture, Performance by Ohad Fishof. Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6-8pm at Urban Arts Space. Using live electronics, text and still images, Israeli artist and musician Ohad Fishof presents  a poetic junction connecting sound, architecture and science fiction. Conceived in collaboration with Israel Architecture Archive and constructed around a projected collage of images of futurist Israeli architecture from the 60's and 70's, it uses the marriage of sound and vision in its most basic form to create an audio-visual meditation on the nature of memory and fantasy and the relation between them. 30-minute performance followed by discussion/Q&A.

Ellen Maynard dancing in Pomerene 213. Photo by Nick Fancher.
Dance Uptown: Feast your Senses. November 16-17, 2012 at Mershon Auditorium. Local and international choreographers – Rodney A. Brown, Susan Hadley, Melanie Bales in collaboration with Catherine Turocy, Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk – create original works featuring deconstructed baroque ballet, emotionally laden expressionism, tender narratives of passage, and gutsy new movement. With its sensual and diverse palette of flavors and styles, this autumn’s Dance Uptown gives the audience a journey through time and space through the ever-evolving languages of contemporary dance. $12 tickets available at For parking, directions, accessibility services, accomodations, and other details, go to Help us promote the show by joining the event page on Facebook and inviting your friends and family!

MFA Lec/Dem: Ellie Escosa Carter. Monday, November 19, 2012 - 1-2pm. Pomerene 316. Dance for Four: Pas de Quatre and Female Virtuosity – Through Time, Reconstruction, and Reimagining. In collaboration with musician/composer Michael Wall, Carter explores the physicality and artistry of four dancing bodies in search of what contemporary female virtuosity can be in dance today. This event is part of the choreographic and performance series entitled Ten Big Ideas, created by the members of the 2012-2013 MFA Dance class as the culminating projects of their graduate studies.

LiteracyStudies@OSU Lecture Series. Elizabeth Birr Moje of UM presents From Being Part of the Story to Making the Argument: Navigating Discourses, Identities, and Literacies. Thursday, November 15, 2012. 4pm, Denney 311.

Hold Sway is the container for a series of duets choreographing intimacy, detail, and intervals of (un)predictability to create fleeting portraits of relationship. Performance and choreography by OSUdance alums Noelle Chun and Leigh Lotocki, with video by Rashana Smith and text by Jackie Little. Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7pm and 9pm at Neo V Gallery inside Till Dynamic Fare. 247 King Ave. $10 suggested donation.

         TRAVEL & STUDY ABROAD       

Department Forum – International Study Abroad DiscussionNovember 5, 2012. 12:30pm in Pomerene 213. Thought about doing study abroad?  Curious about intercultural exchange? Come to the Department of Dance’s second forum for all students interested in cross-cultural learning and study abroad. In this forum, students who danced in Burkina Faso will share video, testimonials, and a short live performance. Professor Dave Covey will be speaking about his time in Africa, and PhD candidate Kaustavi Sarkar will present a lecture/demonstration on Odissi, a dance form from India.

Through November: Study Abroad Information Sessions, Office of International Affairs.

PerformingArtsAbroad. For a limited time, students can receive $200 off PAA programs. Details here.


Contact Improvisation Masterclass: Border Blurring with Jordan Fuchs. Friday, November 9, 2012. 6-8pm in Pomerene 316. Jordan Fuchs is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX. Fuchs has been exploring contact improvisation
 since the late 80s and in 2009 initiated the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, which he continues to coordinate. The goal of this class is to enable a dynamic, multi-directional, engaged physicality that blurs the boundaries between us. The class will explore partnering structures that focus on the edges, outlines, and borders of form, as well as the action of tracing. Both explorations will help to develop a permeability and responsiveness to external impulse.

         COURSE PLANNING        

Spring 2013 Classes at ACCAD.

Dance 5100 Movement Practice
. By permission of each instructor, students may opt to enroll in DANCE 5100 (in the 5:20-7:05 time slot) for ONE UNIT. These movement practice courses are typically open to non-majors for 2 units, but dance majors may arrange revised requirements with the instructor.  This option will not be permitted for some courses, such as Alexander Technique, for which outside work is intrinsically connected to the learning goals.

BA in Arts Management Information Session. Monday, November 19, 2012 10:30-11:30am
Denney Hall Room 214. Learn about this new undergraduate degree that focuses on arts management and meet current students and alumni from the MA and PhD programs in Arts Policy and Administration.


Granting Permission, National Council of Arts Administrators Conference. November 7-10, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio
Looking Ahead: A Forum on Public Art. November 16-17, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio
International Scientific Conference: Choreographic Education. March 13-15, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Abstracts due January 5, 2013.
Re-generations: Cultural Legacies in Contemporary Contexts. Annual CORD Conference. November 8-11, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Conference for Community Arts Education. November 14-17, 2012 in Dallas, Texas
Monsters of Hip Hop Touring Convention. Multiple dates and locations.

Administrative/Professional Positions
Graduate and Professional School Fair, November 5, 2012 at the Ohio Union

Higher Education Positions
Assistant Professor – Scenic Design, University of New Mexico
Assistant Professor – Playwriting and Performance, University of Maryland
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Assistant/Associate Professor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Deadline February 1, 2013

Grants, Awards & Funding 

American Educational Research Association. Multiple grant programs with deadlines between November 30 and December 7, 2012.

Reminder: Approaching deadlines for undergraduate funding opportunities from the College of Arts and Sciences Research and Creative Activity Grants program.

November 19, 2012: The Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment for Significant Undergraduate Achievement and Research in the Arts and Humanities

November 19, 2012: Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research Small Grants

Indian Students Association presents Navratri. November 2, 2012 at OSU
ReelAbilities Film Festival. November 3-7, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus International Film+Video Festival. November 13-18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio
Tilia Dance for Camera Festival. December 7, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio

          HEALTH & WELLNESS        

Dance Medicine: The Flipside of Beauty and Grace. Wednesday, November 7, 2012. 12-1pm in 160 Meiling Hall. This event is an interactive demonstration of the demands of dance on the lower extremity, and includes performances from BalletMet, OSUdance, and a lecture from OSU Sports Medicine’s Performing Arts Medicine team. Come sit, watch, enjoy, and end with a little foot rub.

          RENOVATION NEWS        

Message from Mark Shanda, Divisional Dean of Arts & Humanities: The renovation committee has decided to hold off the return of the Department of Dance to Sullivant until January of 2014. This represents a semester long delay from what was originally projected. While some spaces in the renovated building may come on time in autumn 2013, there will still be a fair amount of construction to complete over those last few months of the year. As a result the decision has been made to put off full occupancy until the project is truly complete. See complete message at the Sullivant Hall Renovation Blog.


It’s time to begin thinking about presenting your research at The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum! This year the Denman Forum will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013 in the RPAC. Registration opens on Monday, January 7, 2013, and closes on Monday, February 8, 2013. See link above for guidelines and workshop announcements.

Check out BFA student Ellen Maynard's senior project blog!

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