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A collaborative partnership to take dance to the community and utilize dance as a vehicle for conversations about global issues. D stands for Dance, N for Notation, C for Community, and 2 for the “2” in BalletMet and “To” the community, and “U” to “you,” the individual.

The first tour in DaNCe2U focuses on mental health and will tour to all six campuses of Ohio State in 2019-2020.

DaNCe2U #mentalhealth Performance and Panel Tour

Ohio State Dance and BalletMet 2 Collaborative 2019-2020 Tour utilizes dance to ignite discussion about mental health issues with two 20th Century choreographic masterworks excerpts: the ballet The Four Temperaments by George Balanchine and the modern dance Rooms by Anna Sokolow.

DaNCe2U #mentalhealth tours two masterworks in the dance canon to foster discussion about mental health and its stigma, Anna Sokolow’s Rooms from 1954 set to music by Kenyon-Hopkins and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments from 1946 set to music by Hindemith. The Four Temperaments refers to the four humors of the Ancient Greek Philosophy: sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic. Rooms, sections “Alone” (isolation), “Panic” (anxiety), “Desire” (unrequited love), “The End” (inner turmoil) and “Daydream” (feelings of longing) all align with aspects of mental health in today’s society.

The performances will serve as the vehicle for a mental health panel afterwards whose purpose is to facilitates awareness and to reduce the stigma around those who experience mental health challenges

November 1, 2019, Friday           Ohio State Mansfield, Founders Auditorium
12:00 - 1:30 pm

November 8, 2019, Friday          Ohio State University Libraries, Thompson Library, 11th Floor
1:30 - 2:30 pm

January 24, 2020, Friday           Ohio State Lima, Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts, Reed Hall
12:15 - 1:15 pm

January 31, 2020, Friday            Ohio State Newark, The Black Box Theater
12:30 - 1:30 pm

February 7, 2020, Friday            Ohio State Marion, and the co-located technical college
12:30 - 1:30 pm

April 26, 2020, Sunday              Ohio Dance Festival, Sullivant Hall, Studio 390
11:30 am - 12:45 pm       

The project is supported in part by Ohio State University Libraries, Ohio State Dance, BalletMet, Ohio State Energy Partners, the Provost’s Discovery Themes, and Dance Preservation Fund.