Off The Wall, MFA & BFA projects at Urban Arts Space

December 14, 2015
Thursday, January 21, 2016 to Saturday, January 23, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016 to Saturday, January 30, 2016
Urban Arts Space
Off The Wall MFA and BFA Projects at Urban Arts Space

URBAN ARTS SPACE DANCE CONCERTS 2016

FREE

Part I:

Reception and Performance Thursday, Jan 21  6-8pm

Additional Performances:

Friday, Jan 22 7-8 pm

Saturday, Jan 23, 3-4pm

Off the Wall Part II

Part II:

Reception and performance:

Thursday, Jan 28, 6-8 pm

Additional performances:

Friday, Jan 29, 7-8 pm

Saturday, Jan. 30th, 3-4 pm

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OFF THE WALL Part I and Part II by Christine Ghinder

OSU Dance presents Off the Wall, two weekends of culminating MFA and BFA work at the Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus. This free presentation of creative research brings dance into an unconventional space and setting.

Part I takes place on Thursday January 21st, Friday January 22nd at 7pm, and Saturday January 23rd at 3pm. Part II will be the following weekend on Thursday January 28th, Friday January 29th at 7pm and Saturday January 30th at 3pm. A reception precedes both Thursday showings at 6pm.

Off the Wall Part I includes work by MFA Rachel Sigrid Freeburg and MFA Jess Cavender. In addition, Part I includes Orb, a work created by OSU faculty member Dave Covey in collaboration with glass artist Jon Capps.

Bodybodybodybodybodybodybodybodybodybody, a dance installation for nine dancers choreographed by Rachel Sigrid Freeburg amplifies the presence of a softer body in dance. An exploration in the ways formal technique and high muscle tone distracts from the vulnerability and humanity of the performers, this work revels in the messy ephemerality of bodies. The work incorporates visual design elements by MFA art student Maria Difranco and live music by local musician, Sally Louise Polk. 

In Jess Cavender's interactive video installation Uncertain Terms and Conditions participants find themselves in a surveillance environment where they can transgress, uphold, and examine the boundaries we construct between curated social media and unedited life experience.

Off the Wall Part II is comprised of work by MFA Sarah Levitt, MFA Quilan Arnold, and BFA Christine Ghinder.

In Sarah Levitt’s Full Will, eight people assemble to attempt an unnamed act, preparing mentally and physically to do what no human being has done before. The performers drive themselves relentlessly through movement drills; hurtle into each other’s arms and up into the air; sing and shout their truths, all of the sake of accomplishing the impossible. An installation by Columbus-based artist Leah Frankel and sound design by Stowe Nelson provide the physical and aural landscape for the performers’ insatiable urges to do what (maybe) can’t be done.

Christine Ghinder presents Prism, an improvisational environment for the interplay of four dancers, a musician, and a visual artist. The artists respond to shifts in projected color fields as their choreographic cues, a structure Ghinder has developed by experimenting with the perception and interpretation of color. The kaleidoscope of movement, music, and image makes for a unique work each time the work is performed.

Negus explores the complexities within the stereotypes of the black male in contemporary culture. Choreographer Quilan Arnold directs this original work based in and around the poetry of rap music, the visual art of Kehinde Wiley, and the works of numerous artists used to challenge the image of the black male in American society. Negus features DJ Dorian Ham, and three black male performers who use Hip-hop dance to explore identity and representation in relation to the stigmas that are placed upon them through commercial Hip-hop culture.

 

photo by Jess Cavender

 

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