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Thinking Bodies / Agile Minds

Highlighted work from the Department of Dance

Student Social Justice Team:
Emma Carver, Angela Ciarochi, KJ Dye, Eboni Edwards, Naiya Sayavong, Clancee Synco, Kaniya Webb

Editor: Sydney Samson
Organizational Coordinator: KJ Dye
Music: Heaven's Dust by Michael Wall


BFA Program: Become a Dance Visionary

So, what can you do with a career in dance?

Video of brief interviews with alumni of the BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University describing their experience of the program and how it prepared them for their careers.

We are so proud of our alumni, who have become visionaries in the dance field and in their communities. We asked some recent graduates of our BFA program to send us “selfie” videos telling us about their current careers.

director/producer/editor: Elijah Palnik 
music: Elijah Palnik


Ohio State National TV Commercial: Mimi

Mimi Lamantia, BFA '16

Alumna Mimi Lamantia combined her passion for dance with her desire to heal at The Ohio State University. Click here to read more about Mimi's research.


MinEvent (excerpt)

from Leap Before You Look, Black Mountain College 1933-1957 , Wexner Center for the Arts

This is an excerpt from a Merce Cunningham "MinEvent" performed by The Ohio State University Department of Dance. Produced by OSU Dance and the Wexner Center for the Arts , this MinEvent contains three original works by Merce Cunningham, restaged by OSU Dance faculty Karen Eliot and Daniel Roberts ; both two former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

choreography: Merce Cunningham
music: John Cage
             Erik Satie
music performed by: Susan Chess, and Quinton Jones


A Day In The Life

mini documentary about the BFA experience

Video of a day in the life of an Ohio State Dance student. Shows clips of students in dance classes, academic classes, socializing in the green room and enjoying the sunshine outside Sullivant Hall. Audio voiceover of freshman dance major Paige St. John describing the facilities, opportunities and benefits of the program.

director/producer/editor: Elijah Palnik 
music: Elijah Palnik


Master of Fine Arts Program: A Community of Makers

mini documentary about the MFA experience

Video of brief interviews with MFA Dance students describing their experience of the program, the classes, and the grad community here at The Ohio State University.

director/producer/editor: Elijah Palnik 
music: Elijah Palnik


Sel Fou!

from Dance Downtown 2016 -- the Department mainstage production

Video of Bebe Miller's 35 minute dance piece titled "Sel Fou!" performed by Ohio State Dance students. The dancers are wearing blue or white coverall jumpsuits dancing together in duets, groups, and solos. There are piles of books on the stage.

choreography: Bebe Miller 
music: Original Music by Don Byron, Christian Marclay and Sadiq;
             additional music by The Fugees and Nonchalant;
             music edits by Dorian Ham
lighting design: David Covey 
costume design: Lindsay Simon 
shot/edited: Dance-Film II

You can also watch this dance in 360 ° immersive experience on your smartphone


The Making of CUBED

Video of the motion capture and green screen process behind creating the new dance-film CUBED by Assoc. Professor Mitchell Rose (videographer), Professor Susan Van Pelt Petry (choreographer) and Shane Mecklenburger (media artist).

Featuring dancers Josh Anderson, Biag Gaongen, Gina Hoch-Stall, and Fenella Kennedy, and music by William Goodrum.
Click here to see CUBED


I had been silent for some time

from Spring Concert 2017

Video of dance performed in the Barnett Theatre at The Ohio State University by students in the dance department. The dancers are wearing long, black and white skirts with brightly colored tank tops. They dance in a large group and create rhythms with their feet and unison movement. Dancers: Jackie Bordjadze, Ali Cassidy, Demetra Chiafos, Sutton Coffey, Lauren Garrett, Anna Hershinow, Emily MacDonald, Baylie Rose MacRae, Gabby Malagreca, laura Patterson, Grace Robinson, Lindsey Schleich, Rachel N. Smith, Emma Steele.

choreography: Anna Brown Massey , MFA '17
music: "Zawose" from the album Throw Down Your Heart: Tales from the Acoustic Planet
lighting designer: Dave Covey 
costume designer: Lindsay Simon


Exquisite Corps

a dance-film by Assoc. Prof. Mitchell Rose

One million views online


Negus

from "Off the Wall" -- a 2016 MFA Concert

choreography and video work: Quilan Arnold, MFA '16
dancers: Quilan Arnold, Louis Halley, Renshawn Lomax
dj: Dorian S. Ham


Onionskins, Opaques, Oxbloods and Pearls

from Dance Downtown 2016 -- the Department mainstage production

Video of Eddie Taketa's dance piece performed by Ohio State Dance students. A large group of dancers leap, spin, and fall to the group wearing white and gray costumes. Dancers: Amy Allen, Hazel Black, Caroline Haidet, Mikaela Hayes, Callie Lacinski, Madeline Mazzola, Heidi Murr, Chloe Napoletano, Natalie Newman, Alize Raptou, Madeline Wallace.

choreography: Eddie Taketa 
music: "String Quartet No. 5" by Philip Glass
lighting design: Carolyn Cox 
costume design: Lindsay Simon 
shot/edited: Dance-Film II