Friday, January 31, 2014

Week 5 Announcements: January 31-February 6, 2014

This week's blog features Special Events, Professional Opportunities, Funding and more.
From Dianne McIntyre's Dance Downtown work, The Voice of the Blues. Photo by Catherine Proctor.

Stories, Journeys, and Dance – MCCA Conference, January 31, 2014, 3-5pm at the Round Room, Ohio Union. Doors open at 2:45pm, program begins promptly at 3pm. Refreshments will be served. The Multicultural Center for Embodied Aesthetics (MCCA), a brand new Graduate Student Formation at OSU is organizing an evening of enigmatic performances and path breaking conversations among scholars and students around dance, the aesthetics of politics, and social justice organizing. Featuring OSUdance grad Kaustavi Sarkar. Assistant Professor Harmony Bench will be attending as a panelist. Co-Sponsors: OSUdance, Academic Initiatives at the Multicultural Center, the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO), Performance and Politics Initiative at the Humanities Institute.

TODAY! Raag Taal. Explore the Rhythms and Melodies in Indian Classical Music and Dance. January 31, 2014; 7pm at the Columbus Performing Arts Center - Shedd Theater. 549 Franklin Avenue in Columbus. Tickets $15, $10 Seniors and Students w/ID. Presented by Natya Nirvana. Enabling cultural dialogue between East and West by sharing Indian performing arts, history and culture with a worldwide audience through instrumental music, singing, dancing, and storytelling. Supported by OAEA and GCAC.

Dayton Contemporary Dance CompanyReVisioning 45 – New Works Unveiled. Saturday-Sunday, February 8-9, 2014. 7:30pm and 3pm, respectively, at the Victoria Theatre, 138 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio. Join DCDC alumnus and OSUdance Assistant Professor Rodney A. Brown, as well as OSU MFA alumna and current DCDC Rehearsal Director Crystal Fuller in celebrating DCDC’s 45th anniversary. This concert will present three world premieres of new work by the internationally renowned master choreographers Donald Byrd (Broadway’s Color Purple), Ronen Koresh, and Ray Mercer (Broadway’s Lion King). Also featuring Rodney A. Brown's The Gatherer/weething (2013). For individual Tickets call: 937-228-3630 or visit Individual Tickets are $31, $41 and $51. Groups can save up to 50% off the individual ticket price by calling 937-228-7591 ext. 3222.
DCDC performer Sheri "Sparkle" Williams in The Gatherer/weething. Choreography by Rodney A. Brown. Photographer Scott Robbins

Performing the Politics of Food and Agriculture: Historic Precedents and Contemporary Theatres of Food with Dr. Ann Folino White. Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, Michigan State University. Friday, February 14, 2014 at 3pm in 2038 Drake. As part of the New Deal era, Congress passed the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA), legislation designed to address the New Deal the contradiction between widespread hunger and agricultural plenty during the Depression. This talk explores the theatrical strategies used by anti-AAA activists in their protests, those employed by the federal government at the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair and in the Federal Theatre Project “living newspaper” play Triple-A Plowed Under (1936), and the recurrence of these strategies in contemporary food politics performances.

Asian American Movements: Taiko Drumming, Performance, and Cultural Politics. With Dr. Angela Ahlgren, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater, Ohio University. Monday, February 17, 2014. 12:30pm at George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue. How does taiko performance enact Asian American Movement politics? Since the late 1960s, Asian American taiko players have harnessed the Japanese drumming style’s potential for empowerment. This talk focuses on “Ei Ja Nai Ka?” (Isn’t It Good?), a self-described “taiko folk dance” that has become a staple of San Jose Taiko company’s repertoire. Cosponsored by the Performance/Politics Working Group of the Humanities Institute and the Department of Theatre.

 More Humanities Institute events.

Coming soon: RE: flect | peat | dact | start Friday, February 28 - Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8pm plus 3pm Saturday matinée. BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mt. Vernon Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43215. Winter Concert featuring the choreography of Jill Guyton Nee, Rachel Barker, Tammy Carrasco, Kat Sauma, Serena Chang, Josh Hines, Elyse A. Morckel, Christine Ghinder, and Colleen Leonardi. Part of the 2014 winter season of MFA and BFA projects and performances. Pre-sale will begin on Monday-Friday, February 3-7, 2014, with our own box office here in Sullivant 316 on Tuesday & Wednesday, February 4-5 from 12-1pm. More details coming your way via email!
Come get to know the new Lawrence & Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts & Enterprise! Informal Meet & Greet with The Barnett Center's inaugural director, Sonia BasSheva Manjon, as well as other associated faculty, staff, and students. Wednesday, February 5, 2014; 3-6pm in Sullivant Hall 131. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Questions? Contact Caitlin Naber (.10)


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The Labanotation Teacher Certification Course will be offered this summer, June 2-12, 2014 at OSU. The course will emphasize varied approaches to integrating notation across the curriculum in addition to teaching Motif/Elementary Labanotation theory. Applications now due February 15, 2014. See the DNB Extension website for more details or email Rachael Riggs Leyva (riggs-leyva.1)

2014 Audition Tour - Dance Journey, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Audition, Site Specific Work with Crystal Fuller. Saturday, February 15, 2014. 10am-12pm in Sullivant 390. Registration: 9am. MFA Alumna Crystal Fuller is choreographing The Descent of this Water: Rain, a new work that will take place along the banks of Scioto River in Dublin, and also in Dayton, Ohio. This project is a historical exploration of the river, wherein it is a site of migration, a point of freedom, and a location of convergence for varying cultures. It asks: what is the identity of the river? What is the geography of the body? How are they connected? What does this place say about who we are as a community? Interested dancers should be available during the following dates and times: Sundays from 12-3pm in March/April (excluding spring break), May 5-9, 2014, and July 11-19, 2014 (on site rehearsals and performance). Presented with generous support from The Dublin Arts Council, OhioDance and OSUDance.

Dancers, Choreographic Research Project with Tawanda Chabikwa. Seeking ~7 Dancers. Rehearsals will meet twice a week for an hour each time. As for details on the choreography, here's a few hashtags to give you a sense of whether you may be drawn to this process: #endurance, #bodyvoice, #Afri-centeredparadigm, #useofvoice, #rhythm, #sensuality, #bodyasweapon, #bodyasvessel, #returnoftheblackfeminine, #ritual, #bluerwanda, #mybodyismycountry, #identityasperformance, #dancetheatre, #culturalresearch, #intentionawarenessintimacy, #dancedphilosophy. Times TBA, contact Tawanda Chabikwa (.1) if interested.

Call for Choreographers, International Dance Festival in Guatemala

Campus Tour Guides. Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 26, 2014. University Ambassadors lead prospective students and guests on walking tours of campus. Must have strong public speaking and critical thinking skills.

Open Mic Night at Café Kerouac. Thursday, February 27, 2014. 7-9pm. Hosted by Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society along with OIA and the Center for Literatures, Languages, and Cultures. Seeking artists who can perform songs or poems in a foreign language, ancient or modern. If interested, contact Stephanie Weisfeld (.3)

ACLS Public Fellows Competition. Deadline: March 19, 2014.


The London Theatre Summer 2014 Study Abroad Program has reduced the program fee to $2,724 and extended its application deadline to February 15, 2014. Contact Kelsey Poole (.117)


The deadline for the Department of Dance Semester Funding Initiative (SFI) and the Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship (UTS) is Sunday, February 9, 2014. Submissions accepted through Carmen. Download the application and read more info at the link.

The Undergraduate Fellowship Office will be holding Drop-in Advising Hours on Tuesdays from 3-5pm and Fridays from 9-11am in Spring semester. No appointment is necessary. Students should check in at the reception desk at 45 West 11th Avenue.

Undergraduate Honors Students – there are two big research funding application deadlines coming up in February:

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. Abstract submission deadline is Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5pm.

URO/Holbrook/Honors/Mayers Summer Research Fellowships
Deadline for summer funding awards through the URO/Holbrook/Honors/Mayers Summer Research Fellowships is Friday, February 14, 2014 at noon.

Here’s a sampling of additional funding opportunities available through the URO:

Madison Teaching Fellowship. Information Session on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. 5pm at 53 West 11th Avenue. Each year, 50 Madison Fellowships are awarded (one per state) to graduating seniors and recent graduates planning to become teachers of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). Fellows are awarded up to $24,000 to pursue graduate study in history, political science, or teaching/education. Applicants are encouraged to apply through the Undergraduate Fellowship Office. National Deadline: March 1, 2014.

Gilman International Scholarship. Information Session on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. 5:30pm at Kuhn Honors & Scholars House, Room 100. The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The national deadline is March 4 for applications to fund Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and 2014-2015 Academic Year programs.


Need support with your Dance Film and tech projects
? Megan Davis (.3742)  is available via email and appointment to take your questions and help trouble-shoot any problems you may encounter. Feel free to contact her as needed!


Kudos to OSUdance staff member, lecturer, sound design specialist, and newest viral video sensation Elijah Palnik!

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