Friday, November 09, 2012

Week 13 Announcements: November 9-15, 2012

Upcoming: Jordan Fuchs Master Class, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dance Uptown, MFA Lec/Dem: Dance for Four, DOUBLE/TAKE at OWU, Spring Adjudication, Course Planning, Opportunities and a note from the Chair. Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!

         SPECIAL EVENTS       

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 production of King Lear through Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake.

Photo: Nick Fancher. Dancers: Adam Houston, Kerry Dibble, Ellen Maynard, Ca’la Henderson, Wesley Tyree

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.

DOUBLE/TAKE. Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8pm at the Chappelear Drama Center, Ohio Wesleyan University (45 Rowland Avenue, Delaware, OH).  DOUBLE/TAKE is a performance presented as of Ohio Wesleyan University's Performing Arts Series, featuring Karl Rogers and Meghan Durham Wall. DOUBLE/TAKE is an ongoing creative endeavor involving commissioned duets from a range of internationally recognized artists, as well as original solo work by the performers. The current performance of DOUBLE/TAKE features three commissioned works from internationally recognized artists, including three original duets – one each by Stephen Koester (UT), Mariko Yamada (Japan/NY), and Lisa Race (CT/NY). Two solo works, one choreographed and performed each by Meghan Durham Wall and Karl Rogers, will complete the evening. The performance also features original music and live performance by composers Michael Wall and Adam Crowley as well as lighting design by Carrie Cox. The larger project includes duet commissions from Susan Hadley (OH) and Bebe Miller (OH/NY), which premiered at the BalletMet Performance Space in 2010.


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.

Vineyard Columbus Worship Arts Master Class. Monday, November 12, 2012. Vineyard Columbus is hosting a free masterclass for the greater Columbus arts community. The teachers are as follows... Shawn "Thunder" Wallace (bass), Lorii A. Wallace (dance), Kris Johnson (horn section), Milton Ruffin (choir and vocals), Tim Cummiskey (guitar), John Morgan (guitar), Reggie Jackson (drums), and Craig Allen (piano). This year's focus is on rehearsal technique. See link above for details.

         COURSE PLANNING        

The sign up sheets for the Spring Festival Adjudication/Site-specific proposals are now posted in Pomerene 316. The adjudication is December 1, 2012; 1-4pm in Pomerene 316. This also will also include works to be selected for ADCFA and Movement Research.

Please read the following carefully:
  • The spring festival includes works presented in Pomerene 316, site-specific works, and projects that have been pre-approved by the independent application process through EMMA.
  • Works targeted for Pomerene 316 should be prepared to show a dance, or a portion of a dance in process.
  • Site-specific works will provide a short written proposal and oral presentation concerning the site you have chosen. You are also encouraged to show movement ideas if possible.
  • Works that have been selected for EMMA will also be presented at this time.
  • Works for ADCFA. Solo or Duet. No longer than 12 minutes maximum. The conference is in February in Michigan. More detailed information forth coming early Spring Semester.
  • Works for Movement Research. Targeted for 3rd year Grads. Detailed parameters were sent out earlier this semester.
Spring 2013 Classes at ACCAD.

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.


Conferences, Festivals
Several conferences coming up this month and next. See the Conferences and Festivals binders for more listings.

Call for Papers: Congress on Research in Dance Special Topics – Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects. April 19-21, 2013 at the University of California at Los Angeles. Abstract submissions are due November 30, 2012.

Marketing, Education and Ticket Services Internships, BalletMet
Internships, Bates Dance Festival

Grants, Awards & Funding 

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

Workshops and Education
Language of Dance Foundations Course for dance educators and choreographers.


Dear Students, 
You might notice that from time to time faculty come in to observe your classes, or that I drop by and watch for a little while, sometimes with a guest. All of the faculty strive to continue to learn and grow in their teaching, research, and service, and we strongly value peer mentoring. Assistant Professors in particular who are "pre-tenure" have regular observations and discussions with other faculty, as this supports all of us in our professional development. It is a joy and privilege to sit in on and observe our classes, as of course we not only are working to dialogue with each other about our best teaching practices but we also have the opportunity to watch your beautiful selves. Please take our presence as one of collaboration, support, and a shared sense of striving for excellence. Thank you for your part in continuing to create a stellar department. Cheers, Susan VP Petry, Chair

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