Friday, February 06, 2015

Week 5 Announcements: February 9-13


NEWS + UPDATES

Merde to all those involved with this weekend's performances of Watch From Here! Megan Davis and Ani Javian premiered their culminating MFA projects last night, and there are two more opportunities to see the show at Urban Arts Space: Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 1pm. Check out a preview of the show in The Lantern and find out more information.

DANCE@30FPS: The Department of Dance's annual dance-film festival is coming to the Wexner Center for the Arts on Thursday February 12! The 7pm program features a collection of award-winner shorts from filmmakers all over the world, including alumni Daniel Diller (BFA '14) and Amie Dowling (BFA '86). At 8pm, the feature-length Upaj: Improvise looks at the unlikely East-meets-West collaboration between an African-American tap superstar and an Indian dance icon. FREE. More information and trailer.

Undergraduate auditions are February 13-14! Please welcome prospective students and parents to Sullivant this Friday and Saturday.

Mark your calendars for two great lunchtime events in the Green Room that provide an opportunity to learn more about our campus resources:
  • Monday, February 16, 12-pm: Wellness with Dr. Holly Davis from Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Monday, February 23, 12-1pm: Study Abroad Informational session with Kelsey Poole

Audition for 2015-2016 MFA works: Saturday, February 28 from 1-4pm. Members of the 2nd year MFA class will hold auditions to cast their MFA projects, which will be presented next year. Stay tuned for details! 

GRAD NEWS

Call for proposals: "Dance Under Construction XV: Boundaries, Borders, Bodies" seeks proposals for papers, performed papers, and performances by February 13. Conference dates/location: April 10-11 at UC-Riverside. More information.

Doing Research Involving Translation: A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students will take place on Friday, February 13 from 3-5pm at the Humanities Institute. Our very own Fenella Kennedy will present her research on translating dance into words, scores films and digital visualizations alongside other graduate student presentations. Information.

2nd Year MFAs: AGGRS is due on February 23; project proposal is due March 2nd.

Check out Motio! Motio is a peer-reviewed online journal that features the voices of early-career researchers and practitioners of dance and movement who haven't been extensively published elsewhere. You can read their first issue here.

Job postings: University of BuffaloDenison UniversitySUNY BrockportUniversity of North Carolina: Charlotte

More job postings...

UNDERGRAD NEWS

Study abroad in Hawai'i: The University of Hawai'i at Manoa offers a fall semester study abroad program. Applications are due February 15. Information.

Global Leadership Initiative: This one-year program is for 24 students interested in embracing global perspectives, advocating for diversity, and creating a lasting impact at OSU. Applications are due February 23. More information.

Become a Global Ambassador: The Office of International affairs is now accepting applications for their Global Ambassadors program, a diverse group of students committed to promoting cultural exchange at OSU. Applications are due February 24. Contact Renee Bishai for more information.

**Featured MFA program of the week: University of Texas at Austin

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Research Scholar Awards: If you are interested in pursuing faculty-supervised research or creative activities, apply for this one-time, $1000 award from the Undergraduate Research Office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and due by the 1st of each month. Information.

Undergraduate Summer Funding Research Awards: These $3,500 funding awards support full-time, faculty-supervised undergraduate research or creative activity projects over 10 weeks in summer semester 2015. Applications are due February 15. Information.

P12 Initiative A Little Goes A Long Way Student Mini-Grants provide funding for six grants (up to $4,000 each) to support student-led, out-of-school positive youth development activities. All Ohio State students are invited to submit proposals with at least one College of Education and Human Ecology student as part of an interdisciplinary team promoting collaboration among colleges, departments and disciplines. Apply by February 17 for the funding period of April 1, 2015-April 1, 2016. More information.

SFIs are due February 20.

Undergraduate Student Grants and Scholarships: Studying abroad during your academic career? Visit the Office of International Affairs to learn about grants and scholarships to support study and travel. Information.

See more funding opportunities...

PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE

The Department of Dance is very fortunate to offer its dancers injury prevention and care strategies through the Program for Performing Arts Medicine. This month, physical therapist Mariah Nierman offers exercises to improve shoulder stability:

When people think of injuries in dancers, they mostly think of lower extremity injuries; however, within your dance curriculum you are asked to do floor work and partnering which can set you up for more upper extremity injuries. We particularly see these injuries, especially in the shoulders, in those that have more of a ballet background switching over to more contemporary work. By strengthening your shoulder stabilizers you can prevent some injuries and your partner will thank you for being able to support yourself! When working on shoulder stability many exercises incorporate the shoulder blades and upper back muscles. Think of these muscles as the root of the tree. If the roots (shoulder blade muscles) aren’t strong, the rest of the tree (your arm) won’t be strong.  Here are some exercises to strengthen your shoulders:

Shoulder Rotator Strength: Hold a resistance band in each hand, elbows bent at side. Keep elbows bent and lightly touching your side while you rotate forearms out. Band should stay about chest level. Do 3 sets of 10.

Shoulder Rotator exercise

Trapezius Strength: Lay your torso over a ball or stool. Start with your arms dangling down. Squeeze your shoulder blades together keeping them down away from ears, then pull elbows back. Do 3 sets of 10.

Trapezius exercise

Middle Trapezius Strength: Lay your torso over a ball or stool. Start with your arms dangling down. Squeeze shoulder blades together keeping them down away from your ears, then lift arms straight out to side to the level of your shoulders, thumbs rotated up. Do 3 sets of 10.

Middle trapezius exercise
Lower Trapezius Strength: Lay your torso over a ball or stool. Start with your arms dangling down. Squeeze shoulder blades together and down your back without arching your spine. Then lift arms over head in “Y” position with thumbs up. Do 3 sets of 10.

Lower trapezius exercise
Learn more about the Program for Performing Arts Medicine and schedule an appointment here.

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART

Site-Specific Creative Residency with Stephan Koplowitz: June 16-29 in Spoleto, Italy. LaMaMa Umbria is now accepting applications for a two-week residency on site-specific performance with Stephen Koplowitz. Applications are due by February 27. More information.

Bill Evans Teachers' Intensives 2015: Bill Evans will host two workshops this summer at Dean College: The Art and Science of Teaching Dance (July 6-15) and the International Conference on Teaching Somatics-Based Dance (July 16-19). Faculty include Bill Evans, Peggy Hackney, and Claire Porter. More information.

Paul Taylor Summer Intensive: This two week intensive from July 26-August 8 in Baltimore, MD will introduce dancers to Taylor style through daily technique and repertoire classes with current and/or former PTDC dancers. Information.

More intensivesfestivals, and workshops...

SEE ART

DANCE@30FPS: The Department of Dance's annual dance-film festival is coming to the Wexner Center for the Arts on Thursday February 12! The 7pm program features a collection of award-winner shorts from filmmakers all over the world, including alumni Daniel Diller (BFA '14) and Amie Dowling (BFA '86). At 8pm, the feature-length Upaj: Improvise looks at the unlikely East-meets-West collaboration between an African-American tap superstar and an Indian dance icon. FREE. More information and trailer.

Watch From Here in the Barnett Theatre: Rachel Barker, Tammy Carrasco, and Mihwa Koo present their culminating MFA projects on February 19-21. Information.

Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era: Thomas Guzman-Sanchez's film will be shown at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Foster Theatre on Friday, February 20 at 7pm followed by a lecture/dance demonstration by Guzman-Sanchez. The film traces the history and innovators of Urban Dance from its roots in California to its worldwide influence. Trailer and more information.

Borrowed Landscape: Presented by Cincinnati's Contemporary Art Center, this collaboration between Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki and Cleveland performance group Pones, will unfold at a local supermarket. Saturday, February 21 from 2-4pm. Information.

Dance of Our Ancestors: A Collaboration in Black Dance History: This performance festival presented by Thiossane West African Dance Institute features work by Thiossane, Gamal Brown and Onyx Dance, Lori Williams Wallace and Tapestry Performing Arts Company, Crystal Boyce and Leap of Faith Dance Ensemble, Stafford Berry and Kemal
Nance of Berry Nance Dance Project. February 22 at 3:30pm at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets.

NACHMO Showing: Columbus choreographers who participated in this year's NACHMO (National Choreography Month) will show their new work on Friday, February 27 at 8pm at Feverhead. More details coming soon!

OhioDance Festival: Registration is now open for the festival, which runs from April 24-26 and features classes, workshops, and performances. This year's guest artist is Liz Lerman. 5% off registration if you sign up before March 1! Information.

More performances...

MAKE ART

Call for Submissions: FAME (Future Arts Managers and Entrepreneurs) seeks performance submissions for their first annual "Walk of FAME" on April 18th, featuring performances, art installations, and film by OSU grad and undergrad students. Applications are due by February 19. More information.

Diavolo Dance auditions: Diavolo seeks male and female performers with strong backgrounds in dance, partnering and acrobatics for its upcoming season. Auditions will be held on March 28 in Dallas, May 9 in Denver, and May 23 in LA. More information.

Call for Proposals: The Department of Arts Administration, Education & Policy and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Autism Network is planning an Arts & Autism Conference on August 10-11, 2015 at Sullivant Hall. Faculty and students who have an interest in dance and disabilities (especially autism) are encouraged to present research, a performance, a workshop, or panel presentations. Contact Susan Petry for more details.


AUDITIONS + TEACHING

Columbus Dance Theatre audition: Saturday, February 28th at 10am. CDT seeks male and female apprentices and company members for its 2015-2016 season. More information.

Audition for 2015-2016 MFA works: Saturday, February 28 from 1-4pm. Members of the 2nd year MFA class will hold auditions to cast their MFA projects, which will be presented next year. Stay tuned for details!

Ballet Quad Cities audition: Saturday, March 14 from 3-5pm at the Lou Conte Studio in Chicago, IL. BQC seeks male and female dancers for their 2015-2016 season. Information.

More auditionscalls for entryfellowships & residenciesinternship & volunteer opportunities, and job opportunities...

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Summer course offering: The Arts and Special Needs Students (AE 7795). This one week course (July 27-30, 2015) investigates aspects of teaching the arts to students with special needs in an inclusive settings. Contact Shari Savage for more information.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

A big shout-out to the freshman tech crew who went above and beyond during last week's winter concert, Inflecting Space, and congratulations to all of the choreographers, dancers, and designers involved with the show.

E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

Gabi Wiltz writes about her transition to college, her choreographic work, and her musings on dance in her e-portfolio. Check it out here




FINAL WORD

"Do not assume that you have to have some prescribed conditions to do your best work. Do not wait. Do not wait for enough time or money to accomplish what you think you have in mind. Do not wait for what you assume is the appropriate, stress-free environment. Do not wait for maturity or insight or wisdom. Do not wait until you are sure you know what you are doing. Do not wait until you have enough technique. What you do now will determine the the quality and scope of your future endeavors."
--Anne Bogart, A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre




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