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OHIO Division of Dance Presents: the 2017 Winter Dance Concert

OHIO Division of Dance Presents: the 2017 Winter Dance Concert

Feb 8, 2017

Ohio University 2017 Winter Dance Concert, February 17–18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

 

Ohio University Division of Dance in the School of Dance, Film, and Theater presents the annual Winter Dance Concert, featuring works by faculty and guest artists, for two nights only, Friday–Saturday, February 17–18 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

One of the Dance Division’s largest annual productions, this concert features original choreography by faculty and guest artists, performed by undergraduate students from the Dance Division, with lighting design by Dance Division Technical Director John Bohuslawsky.

 

“Each of the six pieces in the concert is concerned with the expressive potential of the body in motion. The collection of dances presented in this concert represent a wide range of modern and contemporary movement styles. Each piece has its own approach to a unique physicality and way of being in one’s body,” — Ani Javian, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Division of Dance.

 

This year’s guest artists include Alison Manning and OHIO alumna Jesse Keller of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Colorado-based choreographer Meredith Lyons and New York-based choreographer Joanna Kotze.

Dance Division faculty, Assistant Lecturer Nathan Andary, Artistic Director Travis Gatling and Ani Javian will present original choreography.

Taking a unique set design approach this year, the back wall of the stage will be left exposed and all stage transitions will be visible to the audience, stripping the event of some of its formality and exposing the rawness of the theater.

 

Visiting Guest Artists

Meredith Lyons is a dancer, educator, choreographer and administrator. As an artist, she has presented work nationally and internationally, most recently performing at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, presenting at Colby College Museum of Art and Ten Tiny Dances in Boston, MA and teaching the improvisational score Foreword/Afterword at the CORD/SDHS conference in Athens, Greece, ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria and in Istanbul, Turkey.  She received her undergraduate dance degree from Mercyhurst University and M.F.A. in dance from Smith College focusing on dance pedagogy and performance.  She serves as the admissions director of Bates Dance Festival, and recently joined the Department of Theatre Arts as assistant professor of dance at Colorado Mesa University.

Joanna Kotze received the 2013 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and was a 2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She has had commissions from Toronto Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury, Zenon Dance and The James Sewell Ballet. Kotze has received support from the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Jerome Foundation, NYFA BUILD, Brooklyn Arts Council and Yellowhouse. She has had residencies at the Camargo Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi and the Bogliasco Foundation. She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010 and has worked closely with Kimberly Bartosik, Netta Yerushalmy and Sam Kim. Joanna is on faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance and has taught at NYU, The New School, Long Island University and The American Dance Festival. She is originally from South Africa and has a B.A. in Architecture from Miami University. 

Jesse Keller and Alison Manning of DanceTheYard (DTY): DTY is The Yard’s resident dance collective. Co-directors and choreographers Alison Manning, The Yard’s Executive Director, and Jesse Keller (Ohio University alumna), The Yard’s Director of Island Programs & Education, have been building a body of work and presenting an annual weekend of performances each summer as part of The Yard Arts season. DTY is comprised of professionals living on Martha’s Vineyard and in New York City, and each member has become a part of The Yard’s greater service mission: working together to present performances for the public, participating in educational residencies and dance-making programs for children and adults, along with other community based events around Martha’s Vineyard.

 

The concert is free for all OHIO students with valid ID, thanks to Arts for OHIO.

$12.00 General Admission: For ticketing information please call the Memorial Auditorium Ticket Office at 740-593-1780.

 
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