America to China and Back. April 17-18, 2014. 8:00pm at the Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St.The Department of Dance presents America to China and Back, a stateside reprise of the contemporary dance program performed by Ohio State dance students led by Susan Van Pelt Petry in China in March. The dancers were part of a larger group of Ohio State students - including the Jazz Ensemble and a Beat-box Club - who traveled to China to share their unique American art forms with audiences in cities and universities there. Their trip was partially funded by a grant awarded to the Center of American Culture collaboratively directed by Ohio State and Wuhan University (WHU) in Hubei Province. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 OSU faculty / staff / students (w ID) and children. Discounted tickets may only be purchased via the Ohio State Theatre Box Office: 614 292-2295. Tickets also available online via Ticketmaster.
Taking Back the Short End. April 18-19, 2014. 7:00pm on Friday, April 18, and 2:00pm on Saturday, April 19, at Skylab - 57 E. Gay St. Taking Back the Short End will be a unique, intimate experience for viewing dance, as the audience will occupy the same close-quarters as the performers. Apres moi, le deluge, by Paige Phillips, is constructed as surreal vignettes whose imagery is pulled from the choreographer’s recurring dreams about floods and tsunamis. Aesthetics are inspired by Francisco Goya’s series of paintings about the supernatural. Abby Zbikowski’s new work, Unstable Stable, addresses chaos and collision head on. This new project was originally conceived for 16 dancers, a number that dwindled down to 4 due of successive extenuating circumstances. The final work is a demonstration of how we try to find coherence, security, and purpose throughout the process of dealing with variables that are out of our control. Admission is $5, cash only.
Presentation of BFA Senior Projects. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. 12:30 in Sullivant Hall Studio 247. Please come and see what our amazing BFA seniors have been up to this year, as well as celebrate in their achievements.
OhioDance Showcase: Moving Work. Saturday, April 26, 2014. 7:00pm at the BalletMet Performance Space. This showcase features professional companies and choreographers, inclusind several alumni of the OSU Department of Dance. From the Northeast: Bill Wade of Inlet Dance Theatre, Or Sagi-Woodson of Verb Ballets,and Falon Baltzell, Robin Prichard, and Shannon Sterne. From Columbus: Leigh Lotocki in collaboration with Amanda Platt, Kevin Estes, and Johnny Mendoza; Jeffrey Fouch. From the Southeast: Diane Germaine; college choreographer, Joy Gross, and dancers from University of Akron dance program. There will be a special presentation by guest artist, Bill Evans. OhioDance Awards will be presented to Mary Verdi-Fletcher for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dance artform and Kelly Berick for outstanding contributions to the advancement of dance education at the Moving Works Showcase
Dance Connection: Adrenaline. Sunday, April 27, 2014. 2:00pm and 7:30pm at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. $5, or FREE with a BUCK ID. Come support the broader OSU dance community by going to see Adrenalin, a show by the student group Dance Connection, which includes many people pursuing a Minor in Dance.
Festivals and Conferences
OhioDance: Dance Matters
Repertory Dance Theatre - Gaga with Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk
Calls for Proposals
Hopkins Hall Gallery Summer Exhibition
Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Linguistics
Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Communications
Visiting Assistant Professor: Reed College
Check out the Dance cameo of the China Ensemble in this video promoting Team Buckeye and the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. Great work!
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