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Dance Film Fest, wearable art and balloons kick off spring quarter  

Apr 1, 2009  
By Amy Wells  

The College of Fine Arts is jumping right in to spring quarter with a plethora of events and there's something for everyone's interests.

The events featured below represent only a part of the events for the first two weeks of the quarter. Be sure to check out the Arts for Ohio calendar to keep up-to-date with all the events.

Moving Images International Dance Film Festival

Assistant Professor of Dance Zelma Badu-Younge is bringing dance and film together in the Moving Images International Dance Film Festival this Friday.

An exciting collection of contemporary dance films by Canadian, American, African and Australian choreographers, will open the annual OhioDance Festival, which is hosted this year by Ohio University. Highlights include works by O'Vertigo Danse and award-winning filmmaker Laura Taler and a lecture demonstration by Philip Szporer, a freelance writer, broadcaster and Scholar in Residence at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Screenings will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Athena Cinema on Court Street and from 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall. All film showings are free and open to the public.

In addition to the film screenings, the festival includes an OhioDance Showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre. The showcase features some of Ohio's most sophisticated choreography and performance talent representing the diversity and excellence of dance in Ohio. Admission is $12 for seniors and students and $15 for adults.

Inside/Outside: Art Talks at the Kennedy

The Kennedy Museum of Art continues its Inside/Outside: Art Talks at the
Kennedy series with fabric artist Francia Patti at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Kennedy Museum of Art at The Ridges. 

"It has always been my intent to separate myself from my work," said Patti, whose focus is wearable art. "In truth, my textile work has been integral in my development as a human being.  Through meeting other artists and hundreds of customers and a 6-year apprenticeship with a Hopi medicine man, my work has led me down a winding road to a beautiful life -- filled with adventure and peace of mind."
The series invites artists from the region to speak about their art and the unique process that led to their art making. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kennedy Museum, the event is free and open to the public.

Balloons become art workshop

The Aesthetics Technologies Lab presents a hands-on workshop with sculptor and musician Addi Somekh from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at 227 Putnam Hall.

Somekh has traveled more than 30 countries from the Sahara desert to the Mongolian mountains to the forests of the Amazon creating art from inflatable forms such as balloons. As an inventor, Somekh has extended his balloon craft into the world of music, adapting a Sean Rooney balloon model into what he calls the balloon bass -- an electronically amplified bass instrument constructed from three simple balloons. Additionally, he's taken the concept a step further developing a range of percussive balloon drums.

The workshop will teach the basics of balloon twisting for sculptural shapes, objects and music. The workshop is free but space is limited, so interested participants must RSVP. Visit www.ohiou.edu/atlab/ for more information.

Other events for coming weeks include:

  • Beginning tomorrow, the Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center 405 will feature the work of six School of Art visiting faculty members in an exhibit title Chicken, Beer and Celery: A Random Assortment of Academic Units. The eclectic works include video installation, ink, mixed media and textile. The exhibit will run April 18. Gallery hours are Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Both the gallery and opening reception are free and open to the public.

  • The Cinematheque monthly film series kicks off April 10 and features the theme "End of the Line" and features five films that examine the unsettling space between society's hopes and the darker impulses and trauma that afflict mankind. This month's film are "Gimme Shelter," "Solaris," "M," "Day of Wrath" and "WR: Mysteries of the Organism." Admission is free for Ohio University and local high school students with a valid ID and $4 per showing for the public. Visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/ for show times and more information.

  • The School of Theater will get spring quarter off to a fast start with the production of "The Trojan Women." Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, Euripides' play follows the stories of the women of Troy after Greek armies conquered their city and is the third tragedy in a trilogy about the Trojan War. "The Trojan Women" will run April 8 through 11, and April 15 through 18 with performances at 8 p.m. at the Forum Theater in the RTV Building. Admission is free for OHIO students with a valid ID, $7 for other students and seniors, and $10 for adults.

  • The Building Education through the Arts and Transforming Society (B.E.A.T.S) will host a Hiphop Expo April 11 at Baker University Center. The expo, titled "Bridging the Rural and Urban Experience through Sustainability," is an interactive event that merges the elements of Hiphop and discussions of social, economic and environmental justice toward solutions of how art transforms rural and urban communities. Visit www.ohio.edu/aas/hiphop/ for more information.


Related Links
Arts for OHIO:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/index.htm 

Published: Apr 1, 2009 1:03 PM  

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