By Stephanie Gogul
Ohio's Best Dance Crew
Fans of "America's Best Dance Crew" and "Dancing with the Stars" won't want to miss the School of Dance's Winter Dance Concert 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
"All the competitive dance shows on TV are very popular now. And that's good because audiences are becoming primed to watch movement," said Mickie Geller, professor of dance. "But, dance is a 3-D form best seen live on stage. It's more exciting because of the immediacy of live performance and the ability of the audience to react and interact in person and in real time."
The concert features a wide range of movement styles and music selections, from one first choreographed in the 1940s to new works created during the past quarter, with performances from the School of Dance students and faculty.
"When watching live performance it's possible to engage emotionally, kinesthetically, visually, aurally and intellectually -- it's a whole body experience to be had even while sitting in a theater seat," Geller said.
Students and faculty have been working on the concert for the entire quarter, choreographing performances, designing and producing the set and lighting, arranging and composing music and helping with the costume design.
Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children. Ohio University students with a valid ID are admitted free.
Make a meal out of music
The audience of the New Music Ensemble's concert titled "New Music Ensemble a la carte" should be ready to experience a "musical meal with large courses alternating with smaller side dishes and intermezzos," said Steven Huang, assistant professor of music and director of the ensemble.
The New Music Ensemble specializes in discovering and performing works written in the 20th and 21st centuries that represent the cutting edge of contemporary musical trends. The concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the School of Music Recital Hall will feature a student composition by senior music major Seth Jervis.
"New Music Ensemble concerts promise a musical experience that is out of the ordinary -- our mission is to stretch the boundaries of the concert experience and to challenge the audience's expectations," Huang said.
Kennedy Museum creates community
The Kennedy Museum of Art kicks off the 2009 continuation of the Inside/Outside: Art Talks at the Kennedy series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with local stained glass artist John Matz.
The talks provide university and community members with the chance to hear local visual artists in every discipline speak about their work and their viewpoints about art in an intimate environment.
Matz, a self-taught artist, is the owner of Sunflower Glass Studio in Amesville, Ohio. All of Matz's designs are original and inspired by Tiffany works. Each design is completed by hand and his collection includes mirrors, one-of-a-kind stained glass pieces and large windows.
During his talk, Matz will question who we consider to be artists and where art comes from, among other things.
"The talks bring together students, staff, current and retired faculty and community members who share an interest or appreciation of the process and product of art," said Beth Tragert, administrative associate at the Kennedy Museum of Art.
According to Tragert, the name "Inside/Outside" shows how the artists come from both inside the university and outside -- from the larger community.
"It's really an opportunity for participants, both artists and audience, from each group to come together at a place devoted to art and share their interest."
The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in Lin Hall at The Ridges. All events are free and open to the public.
Be sure to check out these other arts events:
- Director of Concert Bands Andrew Trachsel will lead the Wind Ensemble at 4 p.m. Sunday at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
- The Choral Union and Women's Chorale will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church on College Street.
- The BFA Thesis Printmaking and Painting Exhibition will be on display Monday through Friday at the Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center 405. The exhibit will feature thesis artwork by undergraduate printmaking and painting students. The opening reception will at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery and reception are free and open to the public.
- The Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition will continue through this week at the Ohio University Art Gallery in Seigfred Hall. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.