“Here, Then, Us and The Other” MFA Concert, April 14-16, 2011

The Ohio State University Department of Dance presents Here, Then, Us and the Other, an MFA thesis concert by graduate students Maree ReMalia, Kristen Jeppsen Groves, and Teoma Naccarato. The show runs Thursday April 14 to Saturday April 16 at 8pm in Sullivant Theatre, 1813 N. High Street.

The choreographers will come together to share three individual pieces that represent the talent and diversity within the department.

ReMalia invites audiences to meet a charming cast of characters in all the little things that are nearly them. Independent worlds intersect through unexpected encounters and what is recognizably dance meets the fringe of the form. This composition of idiosyncratic, seemingly disparate elements emerged from improvisational explorations and materials contributed by the public: HYPERLINK “http://mahiree.wordpress.com/mfa-project-solo-input” http://mahiree.wordpress.com/mfa-project-solo-input.

As an emerging arts advocate, Jeppsen Groves combines the intricate configurations of policy creation with complex, athletic choreography in her new work, [Me]thod. Her physically dynamic piece explores the curiosity and concentration of problem solving and negotiation while seeking the embodied humanity behind political processes.  

Naccarato presents Gently between us, an interdisciplinary piece that explores emotional and physical intimacy, mediated via technology. By manipulating cameras onstage, the dancers connect and depart in flesh and video projection. The piece was created in collaboration with media director Shawn Hove, composer Tristan Seufert, and the performers. Samples of Naccarato’s past work are available at: HYPERLINK “http://www.naccarato.org/dance” http://www.naccarato.org/dance.

Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 general admission $5 seniors, students. Parking is available at the Ohio Union’s South Garage (1759 N. High St) and North Garage (1780 College Rd) as well as at the Arps Garage (1990 College Rd), and is wheelchair accessible.

In addition, on Monday April 18 at 5pm, Mara Penrose will present a lecture/demonstration summarizing her investigation of large group performance. The lecture will include discussion of mass movement spectacles Penrose created as well as excerpts from a 1930’s ‘movement choir’ arranged by Albrecht Knust. 

For more information, contact Teoma Naccarato at (614) 886-6696.

Artist, Interrupted: A Woman’s Art Collective

About three months ago I had three specific experiences that have led me to my most current and compelling project, “Artist, Interrupted: A Woman’s Art Collective.”

My three experiences included the following: a discussion with a dear friend about female identity that shifts with marriage and family, reading a riveting book entitled “Meena”, and viewing lots of art about female identity and power.

I started simple, I sent a blast of questions to many friends about women and identity and received lots of feedback and varying thoughts. From there, I contacted a few other female dance artists whom I love and trust. Slowly and collectively we have created “Artist, Interrupted.”

On my own page, I don’t want to restate what our websites and blogs already say. But, as a woman in transition from dance academia to the ‘real world’, I am learning the immense value of meaningful work with women. The relationships I’m creating with these women are not based on pre-set entertainment outings, but on challenging problems, questions, and needs that, for me, is creating a deep emotional and artistic relationship in ways that my artistic and personal self needs. Collectively, we are creating an artistic organization that is stronger, bigger, and beyond all of our individual abilities; yet, combined we are generating a very needed project for women who have taken a break from their art to follow other healthy life pursuits. And I love that I feel strong enough to pursue this project knowing that I’m leaning equally on talented and giving women artists.

I had a meeting today with an interested participant for the project, a stay at home mother of three, who teaches painting and drawing out of her home. After two hours of talking with her about our project I was touched again by her creative and artistic uses of her talents in her own home. She timidly moved her hands over her work, wondering if it’s note-worthy for a gallery showing, and feeling that all-too-common-feeling of fear and intimidation to step back into an art world that was left years ago.

I’m preparing myself for that bridge that I’ll soon be crossing: no school, no deadlines, no space, nor dancers. And I’m wondering how that something to nothing transition will happen. But, I am happy to know that this project is fluid and flexible and can meet my needs wherever I go. I invite you to check out our mission and goals at http://www.artist-interrupted.com and our blog at http://Artistinohio.blogspot.com/.