Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Audiences have heralded Like You Mean It’s simultaneous wit, humanity, oddity and physical virtuosity.

Photo courtesy of: Arts for OHIO

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Just Improvise!

The College of Fine Arts will host a weekend of collaboration, master classes, workshops, improvisation and performances for those interested in music and dance.

The weekend features two visiting ensembles: Sonict Duo, comprised of computer musician and videographer Jeff Herriot and saxophonist Matt Sintchak, and Like You Mean It, comprised of dancers Noelle Chun, Adriana Durant, Annie Kloppenberg.

The two groups were selected based on their shared interest in exploring and expanding the use of improvisation in performance. 

The weekend will begin with discipline-specific workshops on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sonict Duo will work with musicians in Glidden 101, while Like You Mean It will work with dancers in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall.

In the afternoon, participants will join the ensembles for a combined workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ridges Auditorium.

Finally, from 7 to 9 p.m. participants will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned though an open rehearsal and informal performance at the Ridges Auditorium.

The event will finish on Sunday with a performance at 1 p.m. in the lobby of Baker University Center, followed by a saxophone master class with Matt Sintchak at 2:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Theatre.

As the final event, Sonict Duo and Like You Mean It will perform together at 8 p.m. at the Ridges Auditorium.

The Columbus Ohio-based improvisational trio of dance artists performs and teaches workshops nationally. Audiences have heralded Like You Mean It’s simultaneous wit, humanity, oddity and physical virtuosity. The dancers first began working together regularly as graduate students at The Ohio State University and found their individual and collective ideas about improvisational performances yielded a dynamic, distinctive approach to group improvisational performance and teaching.

Sonict Duo formed in 2005 with a goal of musical exploration in new media and aesthetic style. The duo focuses on works that combine saxophone, video and live electronic audio performance. Members of the duo have been involved in concerts and festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.

All events are free and open to the public. The event is supported by the School of Music, School of Dance and Ohio University initiative Arts for Ohio.