Week 9: March 5-11

Annnd we made it! Enjoy a restful week as we pause the busy semester for Spring Break. Check out some campus and local news before you unplug for the week, and stay tuned for news and photos from our friends on tour in Brazil! 

Free Theatre Workshop_Albany Park Theatre Project!
In town during Spring Break? Join us for a free workshop on how to devise theater run by the inspirational Albany Park Theatre Project. The workshop is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and will run Wednesday March 14, 10 am – 1 pm in the Harbor Room in the Drake Performance and Event Center. We will take the first twenty people to sign up. To enroll or to get more information, please email Josh Truett, truett.4@osu.edu.

Based in Chicago, Albany Park Theatre Project is a multiethnic youth theater ensemble that inspires people to envision a more just and beautiful world. It is dedicated to art, to youth, and a vision of social justice. The company’s artistic director, David Feiner, has co-directed, devised, and produced all of Albany Park Theater Project’s nineteen world premieres. In 2016 the company won a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. For more information on APTP see http://aptpchicago.org

The workshop is funded by an OSU Humanities and Arts Discovery Theme grant.

Fulbright Week at the Undergraduate Fellowship Office
In conjunction with Fulbright Week 2018 (March 26th-30th), the Undergraduate Fellowship Office will be hosting the below events for current juniors and seniors interested in applying for a Fulbright Grant, which funds a year abroad post-graduation, either to teach English or conduct research.

  • Monday, 3/26, Information Session 2:00-3:00 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center 102
  • Tuesday, 3/27, Information Session 4:00-5:00 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center 102
  • Wednesday, 3/28, Information Session 12:00-1:00 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center 102
  • Wednesday, 3/28, Information Session 5:00-6:00 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center 102​
  • Thursday, 3/29, Lunch with Dr. Karoly Jokay for students interested in a Fulbright to Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, or Bulgaria. 12:00-2:00 p.m. *RSVP to fellowships@osu.edu required to attend lunch*
  • Friday, 3/30, Application writing workshop 12:45-2:15 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars Center 201

Applicants from any major are welcome, although fields in the humanities (English, foreign languages, history, American studies, etc.) and education are in particularly high demand. Competitive students will have at least a 3.5 GPA at time of application.
Please e-mail any questions to fellowships@osu.edu. You can find more information here.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The CCS Stigma Reduction Committee will be hosts “Conversation and Canvas: A Meeting of the Minds”
March 19th, 6:00PM to 8:00PM
MLK Lounge (Hale Hall)
The objective of the event is to provide a space for students of color and under-represented student communities to engage in an open dialogue around stigma and barriers to seeking mental health services.  The second portion of the event will include canvas painting (large puzzle pieces) for students to express what mental health means to them.

CGS Graduate Student Writing Workshop
March 31, 9am-1pm
Ohio Union, Student-Alumni Council Room

Are you working on your dissertation? Are you getting ready for the job market? Are you preparing a paper for a conference or publication? And, are you sometimes stuck, or unsure if your writing is clear to a diverse audience? The Council of Graduate Students wants to help you navigate this important aspect of your graduate career. Organized and sponsored by the Arts and Culture Committee, CGS invites graduate students from all disciplines for a writing workshop that will help you find and develop some useful tools to become a better writer of your field.Experts from the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the Ohio State Writing Center are there to guide the workshop. To apply, submit your application to the link (go.osu.edu/gwwapply) by March 2, 2018.


The Realistic Joneses
March 7–25, 2018
Studio One, Riffe Center

Meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses ponder some of life’s big questions and must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.

MLK: 50 Years Later Preview Event
March 13, 2018, 6 PM
Nicholson Auditorium
MLK: 50 Years Later

The Lincoln Theatre Community Conversations Series presents ART OR PROPAGANDA?
March 28, 6 pm
Lincoln Theatre Cardinal Health Ballroom (769 E. Long St.)
Over the past century, artists have used their work to comment on matters of social justice. Some argue this makes for bad art. Others say honest expression is the key to good art. This 90-minute, multi-media presentation will examine advocacy in art spanning Zora Neal Hurston to Beyoncé and Oscar Micheaux to Ryan Coogler. The event will conclude with a Q&A session. Doors open at 5:30pm. The event begins at 6pm. Admission is free. www.LincolnTheatreColumbus.com

The Columbus Symphony presents BRAHMS: REQUIEM
Friday & Saturday, March 23 & 24, 8 pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
Brahms’ A German Requiem is a work that surpasses religious context to convey peace and hope through the power of music. Conducted by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov and featuring guest vocalists Abigail Rethwisch and Jarrett Ott, as well as the Columbus Symphony Chorus, this program pairs the music of Brahms with Leino Songs, a mystical song cycle by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.  Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.www.columbussymphony.com

March 29 and 30, 8pm
Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.)
The Second City’s latest sketch comedy and improv revue, Look Both Ways Before Talking, is an evening of wildly original, ever-daring, and truly hilarious scripted scenes, music, and improvisation chock full of social and political satire. Edgy, thought-provoking, and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge, satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. Tickets are $30 and $35 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, andwww.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.capa.com

CAPA and Broadway in Columbus present THE ILLUSIONISTS
April 3 and 4, 7:30 pm
Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.)
This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. Shattering box office records around the globe, THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAYTM dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Tickets start at $30 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.capa.com


The Wesleyan University Dance Department invites applications for two full-time, visiting positions in Dance beginning September 1, 2018.
One year non-renewable position Wesleyan University Dance Department:  http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/6271
One-year renewable position Wesleyan University Dance Department:  http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/6241.

Parent Consultant for Alpine Elementary School Seeks Performers
On April the 26 we are having International Night at our school from 6-8p.m. I was hoping that you might be able to help us celebrate by coming out and volunteering your time to do a Japanese or India type dance for our students and families. I would only need like 25 minutes of your time. Each year I try and have some entertainment. Last year I had some Celtic and African dancers. This year I would like something new. A friend of mine recommended you to me. She showed me a video of a Chinese dragon. Please consider to come and celebrate with us.
Name: Penni Yontz
Email: pyontz@columbus.k12.oh.us

The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College, Division of Arts and Humanities invites applications for a full-time Instructor in Dance with a specialization in Hip Hop.
This position supports the Dance Studies Minor at Penn State Altoona, which blends theory and practice. Many of our classes satisfy the General Arts credit requirement for individuals not completing the minor. This position is two-year contract with the possibility of renewal. Penn State Altoona offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package. The ideal candidate will also have experience teaching in two of the following dance techniques: jazz, tap, African, or ballet, and direct student dance company. They should also possess a strong record of creative work and excellence in undergrad teaching. The successful candidate will teach four courses per semester and contribute to the support of the student Ivyside Dance Ensemble and semester productions. A Master’s degree with university-level teaching experience is required.

Glass Axis Seeks Part-time Office Assistant
About Us: Glass Axis is a non-profit glass art studio specializing in all forms of glass art education.  Glass Axis operates in East Franklinton arts district in Columbus offering classes, workshops, rentals, and a gallery. Our work environment is team-oriented; although team members have individual duties, they regularly work together to accomplish shared goals.
Website and information: https://glassaxis.org

Fernwood Cove Summer Internship Opportunities


Breath Exchange

Last semester, I helped created an interactive art installation that connects human breath with plants! Take a look at this video to learn more:


“Making it Visible”

This semester, I enrolled in a course in the Art and Technology department called Art 5101: From Molecules to Ecosystems. On a micro level, we studied plants and how they function on this planet. We even spent time looking at plant stomata under microscopes. On a macro level, we studied climate change and many of the current environmental problems facing our planet. Throughout the course, we explored how art and artmaking processes can help human relate and connect to their environment in new ways, maybe for the better.

One of our assignments in this course was to take something that is normally unseen or difficulty to understand, and “make it visible” in our art.  As a dance artist, my interest is in our own bodies and how we move through, breathe with, and live within our environment. So, I decided to take my class of predominately  visual art students outdoors to participate in their first ever “movement” improvisation. Take a look:

Wrapping Up Intermedia

Intermedia is a way of practicing and art-making. It considers the material aspects of bodies, performance, and environment to create new worlds. 

This is the definition I’ve landed on to describe Intermedia. Of course, Intermedia is also many other things: technology, immersive space, screens, lights, motion capture, dance, theater, computers, digital, paper, people, and on and on and on. For me, distilling Intermedia down to a method or approach allows to be more encompassing than trying to describe everything that it is.  Continue reading “Wrapping Up Intermedia”

Transient Passage through varied ambiances

This past Monday, I presented a new work called Transient Passage through varied ambiances at a small studio showing for the Department of Dance.  The result of a semester-long process involving outdoor improvisations and collaborative making strategies,  this work-in-progress explored sensation, memory, and embodied modes of trace-making in relationship to place.

I went into this process with questions about affect as a connective tissue between the body and its surroundings. Simply by taking an improvisatory process out of the studio and into an outdoor setting, what sensations, emotions, and perceptions could be heightened in the body? How can we intuitively respond to the elements of space in the same way that dancers often intuitively respond to each other in improvisation? Is it possible to truly embody our perceptions of space?  And then, how do we capture those sensations as generative material for choreography? Continue reading “Transient Passage through varied ambiances”

In Process: Outdoor Improvisation and Sensory Exploration of Place

This semester I’ve been working on developing choreographic material based on a series of outdoor improvisations.  Our goal has been to research the affective relationship between the body and its environment through sensory-based improvisation and collaborative dance making processes.

We will actually be having an informal studio showing on Dec. 4 to show this work, but until then, check out this video, filmed and edited by Brianna Johnson, to see some of our improvisation in action. Enjoy!

Intermedia: Mid-term Update

This semester I am taking Intermedia with Norah Zuniga-Shaw. This course, offered to both undergrads and grads, serves as an opportunity for students to learn about, discuss, and collaboratively create Intermedia performance projects.

As someone who has not typically been attracted to working with technology in the past, I went into this course knowing that I’d feel a little out of my element. Throughout our lab time, our discussions, and our readings, I’ve attempted to work through those feelings of discomfort (and sometimes disinterest) to find some ways in which I can relate to the material and continue to grow as an artist. Here are just a few of the course elements that have drawn me in: Continue reading “Intermedia: Mid-term Update”