Friday, October 02, 2015

Week 7 Announcements: October 5-11

Don't Miss The Mitch Showperforming one weekend only. Shows are Friday & Saturday, October 2-3, 2015 at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm, in the Barnett Theatre. Remember to reserve your comp ticket if you haven't already.  This show is a must-see! Information and tickets.

An hour and a half of laughs
"In the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati - funny and sad and more than the sum of both." 
- The Washington Post

ArtsLink Fellow, Kinga Szemessy, comes to OSU: Szemessy hails from Budapest, and has trained in many styles of dance including contemporary, ballet, Hungarian folk dance and contact improvisation. Szemessy will be here for the next few weeks. Welcome, Kinga! Read more.

Midterm Masterclasses on Friday, October 9. Dancers may choose from five contemporary technique options:

  • Wexner Center Artist Jan Marten
  • Visiting Artist Eddie Taketa
  • New Faculty Daniel Roberts
  • Visiting Faculty Sofie Clemmensen
  • International Artist/MFA student John Luna.

Sign-ups posted on Monday, October 5 at noon. Classes fill on a first come, first serve basis; 30 student cap on Jan Marten's class will be strictly enforced.

UCAT Planning Ahead for the Academic Job Search: The next session, "The Interview" is on Monday, October 5 from 2:30-4:30pm at the U.S. Bank Conference Theatre, Ohio Union. Registration.

Columbus Idealist Graduate Fair aims to match those interested in public service with organizations that have opportunities available. The event takes place on Thursday, October 8 from 5-8pm in the Grand Hall, 1st floor of the Ohio Union. Registration.

Fulbright Applications are due online on October 13. Information.

OUAB Grad/Prof Upcoming Events:
  • Professional Engagement with Social Media, on Tuesday, October 6 at 12pm in the Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room, 3rd floor Ohio Union. Information.
  • Wellness Wednesdays "Managing Healthy Relationships" on Wednesday, October 14 at 12pm in the Barbie Tootle Room, 3rd floor Ohio Union. Information.
AGGRS Awards: The Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) application is due Monday, October 19 by 5pm. Information.

More job postingsuniversity positions...

Auditions: for Spring dance work in the Department of Dance will be held Saturday, October 3 from 9am-12pm in the Barnett Theatre.

Theatre Course Fair: Academic course fair for Spring 2016 is on Monday, October 5 from 1-2pm in the Drake Performance and Event Center.

Visiting Assistant Professor Sofie Clemmensen seeks a BFA Dance Major interested in performance & choreography to be a rehearsal assistant for a residency in spring 2016. Applicants must submit a one-page essay stating interest, qualifications and how the opportunity will serve future goals; must be available from March 13-20, 2016. Hard copy application due on October 30 by 5pm in Clemmensen's mailbox. For more information, contact Sofie.

Have an outstanding GTA? Want to recognize them for their efforts? The nominations for Graduate Associate Teaching Awards are due November 9. Information.

BFA student Dana Podell seeks dancers to participate in her senior project involving injury prevention and physical warm-up routines. For more information, contact Dana.

Learn about the Program for Performing Arts Medicine and schedule an appointment here.

The Performing Arts Medicine staff ask that if you are waiting to be seen during our Friday morning injury checks to please be respectful of the other student being seen and the clinician by waiting with an appropriate distance to give some privacy. Please do not assume that your fellow dancer, even if they are a friend, don’t mind if you hear the conversation. The confidentiality of clinician and patient is very important even among our close network of friends and colleagues in the Department of Dance. Thank you.

Foot Fitness Continued…
Last month we covered that you need to do as much for your feet as they do for you. Hopefully you’ve mastered the exercises previously given to you and ready to add more tricks for your toes.

Foot Intrinsics: These exercises will help strengthen the muscles that live within the foot. Do 3 x 10 of these 5 times a week.
  • Toe extension – Sit with feet flat and legs parallel. Try to lift all five toes off the floor making sure the ankle stays neutral.
  • You can increase the challenge by placing a Theraband® over your toes to resist up through. We suggest a red band (after all your toes are pretty small.)
  • Curling – Sit with feet flat and legs parallel. Curl all five toes under.
  • You can increase the challenge by placing the foot on a hand towel and use your toe curling to scrunch the towel up under the arch of the foot.
  • Dome + Foot Flexion – Dome toes. While maintaining the dome, flex the ankle making sure you stay in neutral, parallel. Slowly relax the foot back down to the floor, then release the dome. Repeat 2-3 sets of 10.
Gaga class with James Graham on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:30-7:30pm at Feverhead, 1199 Goodale Blvd, 43212. Cost of class is a sliding scale of $10-$15. Information.

OhioDance Festival Fall 2015: The OhioDance Festival is schedule for October 23-25, 2015. Masterclass instructors include Kyle AbrahamInformation.

Hubbard Street is hosting its annual Fall Workshop with a focus on choreographer William Forsythe.  Hubbard Street is based in Chicago, IL. Information.

January Workshop with Nancy Stark Smith: Early registration deadline for this three-work intensive is October 1, 2015. The workshop features contact improvisation, solo training, composition and performance. Information.

The Dog Days are Over
photo: Piet Goethals
Choreographer Jan Martens at the Wexner Center: Two shows on four nights, Sweat Baby Sweat and The Dog Days Are Over on October 8 & 9 at 8pm and October 11 at 2pm & October 12 at 8pm. Student tickets are $10.

XClaim Dance presents 5-6-7-8 at Columbus Dance Theatre on October 9-11 & October 16-18. Friday/Saturday performances are at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm. Student tickets $15. Information.

DANCECleveland: Student tickets are available for the 60th anniversary season. Show listing and dates.

Doug Varone and Dancers: at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA on Friday & Saturday, October 17-18 at 8pm. Information.

More performances...

Pamela Sofras is offering a Professional Development Workshop in early childhood STEM education and movement on Friday, October 23, 9-3pm.  The workshop will take place at BalletMet Columbus and the registration fee is $20.  For questions or to RVSP email Melanie Ryan.

Casting Audition: for Spring work in the Department of Dance will be held Saturday, October 3 from 9am-12pm in the Barnett Theatre.

OSU Opera & Lyric Theatre auditions for Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Sunday, October 4 from 4-6:15pm. Callback wills be Monday, October 5 from 4-7:15pm. For audition details and to register for a time slot, contact Emily Brand.

Seven Dance Company will hold open auditions on October 3, 2015 at 12pm for a project in March/April 2016.  They are seeking dancers and choreographers.  Seven Dance Company is based in Lewis Center, OH but will be teaming up with Paul M. Sutter of OSU for this project.  Information*NOTE: OSU dancers attending the department audition that day have special permission to arrive to this audition at 1pm instead of noon.

Short North Stage will hold auditions for their upcoming season on Saturday, October 24 at 10am. All roles are paid a weekly salary. To request an audition, send headshot and resume to E. Carignan.

SEMI FAME: The Truck Route to Broadway auditions on Monday, October 5 at 6pm at the Short North Stage/Garden Theatre. All roles are paid; performance dates are November 5-8, 2015. Contact Andy Gallagher for details.

Kim Robards Dance will hold auditions for male and female dancers by appointment or audition packet for positions beginning in January 2016.  They are also accepting audition packets for Trainee, Apprentice and Summer Intensive Company Project programs.  Kim Robards Dance is a Modern Dance Company based in Aurora, CO.  Information.

Dancewave is hosting Dancing Through College and Beyond for high school seniors on Sunday, October 18 from 8:30-6pm. This event is a free way to check out college dance programs.  Registration required. Please encourage high school seniors from the New York area to attend - it is a great way to learn about the OSU program. Information.

Call for Dance Work Submissions: The 7th Annual Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) in Kalamazoo, MI. There are three submission categories: Live Performance, Youth Live Performance and Screendance. The festival takes place March 18-20, 2016. The entry deadline is October 16, 2015Information.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festive calls for applications to perform as part of the 2106 Inside/Out Series from June 22-August 28, 2016. Applications can include all varieties of performance, audience engagement, works-in-progress or educational proposal. Applications are due October 31, 2015. Information.

BFA student Tori Alesi received the Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts Community Outreach Grant. Alesia's proposal focuses on a dance camp for Spanish-speaking children. Congratulations, Tori!


2nd year MFA Nicole Garlando is the featured blog of the week. Nicole's choreographic work will be presented in 2nd year show on Monday, October 19.


Your piece may not end up being about what you want it to be about. Hopefully though, it might end up being about something. The work is to notice what that something is. It might be more interesting than you think.

- Jonathan Burrows
A Choreographer's Handbook

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