Off the Wall: Department of Dance Master of Fine Arts Thesis Concerts

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 to Saturday, January 30, 2016
Urban Arts Space

 

New contemporary choreography by Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) candidates from the Department of Dance, bringing dance into an unconventional space and setting.

 



Part I

Reception and Performance: Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6-8PM

Additional Performances: 
Friday, January 22, 2016, 7-8PM
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 3-4PM

Off the Wall Part I includes:

bodybodybodybodybodybodybodybodybodybodya dance installation for nine dancers choreographed by MFA Dance candidate, Rachel Sigrid Freeburg, that amplifies the presence of a softer body in dance. An exploration in the ways formal technique and high muscle tone distracts from the vulnerability and humanity of the performers, this work revels in the messy ephemerality of bodies. The work incorporates visual design elements by MFA Art student Maria Difranco and live music by local musician, Sally Louise Polk

MFA Dance candidate, Jess Cavender's interactive video installation Equivogram, where participants find themselves in a surveillance environment where they can transgress, uphold, and examine the boundaries we construct between curated social media and unedited life experience.

Orb, a work created by OSU faculty member Dave Covey in collaboration with MFA Art, glass artist, Jonathan Capps.

 



Part II

Reception and Performance: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6-8PM

Additional Performances: 
Friday, January 29, 2016, 7-8PM
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 3-4PM

Off the Wall Part II includes:

MFA Dance candidate, Sarah Levitt’s Full Will, where eight people assemble to attempt an unnamed act, preparing mentally and physically to do what no human being has done before. The performers drive themselves relentlessly through movement drills; hurtle into each other’s arms and up into the air; sing and shout their truths, all of the sake of accomplishing the impossible. An installation by Columbus-based artist Leah Frankel and sound design by Stowe Nelson provide the physical and aural landscape for the performers’ insatiable urges to do what (maybe) can’t be done.

BFA Dance, Christine Ghinder presents Prism, an improvisational environment for the interplay of four dancers, a musician, and a visual artist. The artists respond to shifts in projected color fields as their choreographic cues, a structure Ghinder has developed by experimenting with the perception and interpretation of color. The kaleidoscope of movement, music, and image makes for a unique work each time the work is performed.

Negus, by MFA Dance candidate Quilan Arnold, explores the complexities within the stereotypes of the black male in contemporary culture. Choreographer Quilan Arnold directs this original work based in and around the poetry of rap music, the visual art of Kehinde Wiley, and the works of numerous artists used to challenge the image of the black male in American society. Negus features DJ Dorian Ham, and three black male performers who use Hip-hop dance to explore identity and representation in relation to the stigmas that are placed upon them through commercial Hip-hop culture.

 


 

Works in this concert are supported in part by: The Department of Dance's Semester Funding Initiative: Chair's Discretionary Fund; Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship, OSU graduate school, Arts Honors Undergraduate Research Grant, College of Arts and Sciences; Research Scholar Award, Undergraduate Research Office, OSU; and Presutti-Madison Memorial Dance Fund.

 

 

Orb from OSU Urban Arts Space on Vimeo.

Prism from OSU Urban Arts Space on Vimeo.

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