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Being a student at The Ohio State University we are offered amazing experiences that are not always offered on your normal college campus. One of the greatest resources being ACCAD, the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. Here undergraduate and graduate students get to experience innovative technologies to create amazing designs routed in the best softwares and programs computing can offer. Lucky, being a dance major at OSU also presents quite a few amazing opportunities, like housing ACCAD’s technology studios, MoLA. The Motion Lab. MoLA contains several cameras, projectors, and other very elaborate equipment that work together to create a space in which you can almost do anything your heart desires when it comes to being creative.
This semester I am enrolled in a class by the name of Intermedia Performance, which focuses on how to incorporate and integrate technologies into different types of live performance. Being hosted in MoLA this class allows me to have a hands on experience in creating different atmospheres and interactions using the technologies in the space. In class we speak on how to compose and interpret works. When attending the lab portion of our class we explore the different elements used to create a intermedia work, such as lighting, sound, and computing programs. Specifically we have been using a program by the name of Isadora, which alters and manipulates signals you send through it, through a system of connecting and overlaying different patches and edits.
Intermedia has opened my eyes to a fantastic world of creating works dependent on technology through watching videos and reading post of pioneers of this genre. Its awesome to be able to view such beautiful works and know I am making steps toward learning what was needed in the creation of such elaborate visuals. I am excited about the next coming weeks of this class and can not wait to share my upcoming discoveries.
This week at ADF has been really challenging in the sense of finding a compromise between dancing as much as I mentally want to and physically can. There are so many opportunities to dance every waking hour of the day, making it really hard to voluntarily sit out when your anxious to always learn more. My schedule itself is quite intense as I have 8am contemporary, 10:15am african and 1:30pm repertory rehearsal, followed by evening rehearsal for my international choreographer. On Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays our normal schedule opens up to allow us to take different classes offered throughout the day from faculty in which we may not have been able to place into our Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday schedule.
Every Saturday ADF host a improv jam which is an unstructured 3 hour jam session between musicians and dancers. This time is really interesting as I found myself not dancing at one point and was amazed to step back and view the magic that was being created unintentionally around me. With no restrictions on movement styles during the jam, you look around and view styles and moment qualities in which you may have never thought of. Pretty much the improv jam is equal to having a night out on the town and tearing up the dance floor. It is equivalent to the felling you (at least I get) when I am able to dance the night away. Now, in a judgement free zone (improv jam) you can practice all you ever wanted to do as a dancer, or not even move at all, the point is to live in the movement and do whatever you feel. What I have seen come out of that peacefulness has been pretty powerful.
REP/ICR: Repertory with Abby as well as International Choreographer rehearsal with Allen have both been a very interesting processes. I am really excited to not only be able to perform the works in the making but to be apart of both of the creation processes. The choreographic devices we have been using to generate movement has definitely been my favorite part about creating these pieces, both works steaming from a very different movement style has already began to allow me to live with a larger and more knowledgeable creative eye.
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Awkward Magic: This was the first dance show I viewed structured around being a comedy. The show was held in almost a comedy club setting, which allowed you to sit back and have a drink while you watched the performance. Awkward Magic honestly had me laughing until I was crying!! Composed of a mixture of dance along with stand up and other skits that would entertain any person with or without dance knowledge, this show is a must see when you are looking for a great time out.
Paul Taylor: Still being fairly new to the dance world, I am unsure of a lot of names I should probably be familiar with, but Paul Taylor is definitely an exception that I learned about early on. So, walking into the theater with high expectations, I have to say I did not walk out as pleased as I would have like to. Over all it was a nice performance but did not compete for a top spot against all the other dancing I have viewed at ADF so far.
Marriage Equality: I am very happy that our government, one that was established on the moral that everyone should be able to live freely and equally has made this rule. It made the environment here at ADF which already spews of love and acceptance an even more overflowing community that was able to celebrate a milestone for the USA.
International Screen Dance Festival: Wow! Dance can be so powerful! Viewing some of the films opened my eyes to serious issues that effect others places in the world that I was unaware of. Being able to capture dance for camera is something that I am becoming more and more interested in, so being able to view these films from around the world has been very inspiring and I can not help but feel the need to pick up my camera and began to create.
Since making it to Durham, North Carolina I have been nothing but a dancing machine. As I sit in bed preparing to call it a night, I have to ask myself, am I already asleep? Is this a dream? Because I am in a dancers heaven. Waking up everyday knowing that hours of new dance experiences await me has been such an incredible feeling.
The first week of ADF is sample week, where we have the to opportunity to take a 45 minute sample class from every single staff member teaching at American Dance Festival for the summer. That’s over 45 teachers!!! The first week also includes all the auditions for the entirety of the program, including repertory, apprenticeships, and international choreographer auditions. With in the last two days I have opportunity to audition for more that 10 vastly different works that will be shown here at ADF.
The things this first week of dancing here at ADF have taught me have already made me grow so intensely as not only a dancer, but as a person who will soon be leaving the comfort of pursuing an education and looking for a career in a field of work that isn’t very easy to come by.
Well here at ADF you can catch a performance almost daily, from professional dance companies in a 3,000 seat venue to a student work in a coffee-house. This week I was lucky enough to view two amazing companies by the name of Shen Wei Dance Arts and Bodytraffic. These two companies have beautiful works that I wish I could view over and over again (I actually went to go see Bodytraffic twice because I loved it so much).
I’M DOING A REPERTORY PIECE!!! I got casted in Abby Zbikowski work and will be studying with her for the next 6 1/2 weeks as she creates a new work and premieres it at ADF!!
I’M ALSO DOING A PIECE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHER!! I got casted into a piece being created by a choreographer from Hong Kong as well as Venezuela. Unfortunately, I have to make a decision between the two and choose one. I am very interested in this process as english isn’t the first language of either of my choreographers, and can’t wait to discover how to use dance as a tool to achieve a form of communication between us and our language barrier.
My last highlight is being able to audition for an apprenticeship with Pilobolous. If you’re not familiar with this company please check them out! If you like seeing athleticism, abstract partnering, and an overall entertaining show, they are a must. Well anyways, Pilobolous is offering a position to join their team and work with them for a year and possibly join their company as a full-time dancer after the completion of the apprenticeship. This very famous company I got to audition for today, I am still in awe of this one guys!
Check out the week one video!
Hey guys, check out the unedited photos from the master class here! Once again, thank you Louis Halley for documenting this event!
So very happy to be apart of the newly revamped Ohio State University Department Of Dance Repertory Company. Check out the logo I created for the 2014 – 2015 show It’s About Time
Check out my post and video about the wonderful experience we got to experience with THE Travis Wall.