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Exhibit Portrays Tension Between Material Body, Academic Work

"Student Bodies," an exhibit organized by the Center for Creative Research Student Task Force Group, interrogates how students are present on campus, both during their four years at Wesleyan and after they graduate. The student dancers portray a physical body and the body of work students produce while writing and reading for classes.  The case inside the Usdan University Center is filled with old academic papers to explore the tension between each student's material body and the one they create through academic work. While moving, the students are thinking about how the physical body is included or left out of texts or readings, and how their physical bodies relate to the bodies that are written in texts.

"Student Bodies," an exhibit organized by the Center for Creative Research Student Task Force Group, interrogates how students are present on campus, both during their four years at Wesleyan and after they graduate. The student dancers portray a physical body and the body of work students produce while writing and reading for classes. The case inside the Usdan University Center is filled with old academic papers to explore the tension between each student's material body and the one they create through academic work. While moving, the students are thinking about how the physical body is included or left out of texts or readings, and how their physical bodies relate to the bodies that are written in texts. Pictured is Asa Horvitz '10.

The Center for Creative Research is a nationwide initiative that puts movement based artists in long-term residency situations on college campuses to explore how movement and scholarship can inform one another. The project was spearheaded by CCR intern Mark McCloughan '10; Eiko Otake, a CCR fellow and visiting artist; and Liz Lerman, head of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

The Center for Creative Research is a nationwide initiative that puts movement based artists in long-term residency situations on college campuses to explore how movement and scholarship can inform one another. The project was spearheaded by CCR intern Mark McCloughan '10 (pictured); Eiko Otake, a CCR fellow and visiting artist; and Liz Lerman, head of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

(Photos by Cora Lautze ’11)

Alejandro Choreographs Thunderous Light Project

Tesla Place, a “thunderous light project” by Pedro Alejandro, associate professor of dance, was performed May 10 and 11 on the Wesleyan campus. The dance, light and sound-based performance began outside Crowell Concert Hall and ended in the Center for the Arts Courtyard. The theme focused on the inventor/scientist Nikola Tesla (1856-1943).

Tesla Place was created in collaboration with Marcela Oteiza, adjunct assistant professor of theater and faculty fellow; Paul Boylan; Sal Privitera, audio-visual technician; Adam Tinkle; graduate student Rod O’Connor; Dante Brown ’09; Brittany Delany ’09; Aaron Freedman ’10; Spencer Garrod ’09; Shayna Keller ’09; and Samantha Sherman ’09.

Tesla Place was funded by a Mellon Foundation grant and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities.

Photos of the performance are below. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett and Alexandra Portis ’09)

Students Perform West African Dance, Drumming

The dance and music departments of Wesleyan hosted the West African Drumming and Dance Spring Concert showcasing the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms. In West Africa, dance is life embodied in rhythm and movement. It celebrates and reinforces life and its various cycles. Right from conception to death, people in West Africa are called upon to honor and celebrate the different stages, achievements and successes of life, as well as to mourn and remember bitter experiences and losses, through music and dances. (Photos by Alexandra Portis ’09)

Krishnan, Students Debut Five Works in NYC

Hari Krishnan mixes contemporary Bharatanatyam and classic modern dance.

Choreographer Hari Krishnan, artist in residence of dance, will present his first New York season with his company inDANCE in New York City. Performers include Julie Neuspiel ’09 and Emily Watts ’03; and musician Aaron Paige, music graduate student.

The evening features five works choreographed by Krishnan. With dancers of diverse personal and training backgrounds, inDANCE strives toward “radical innovation in the extraction of post modern dance vocabulary from contemporary Bharatanatyam and classic modern dance with an uncompromising standard of excellence.” The company’s socio-political consciousness characterize the repertoire and its approach to dance-making.

inDANCE is a Toronto-based Canadian company, that crafts a provocative global view of contemporary Indian dance. Established in 1999, inDANCE presents works that are a unique synthesis of Krishnan’s South Asian and Western aesthetic sensibilities.

The event is held at 8 p.m. April 3 and 4, and at 3 p.m. April 5. Purchase tickets in advance at www.joyce.org or 212-352-3101.

Tamminen Honored for Dance Research

Suzanna Tamminen

Suzanna Tamminen

Suzanna Tamminen, director of Wesleyan University Press, received a “2008 Outstanding Service to Dance Research” award from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD).

The CORD Awards were established in 1995 to recognize excellence in the field, contribute to motivating further research, and signal to the scholarly world at large that the works and individuals recognized are highly valued by those involved in dance research.

Kolcio Author in Cultural Theory Journal

Katja Kolcio, associate professor of dance, is co-author of “Faking It: The Necessary Blind Spots of Understanding” in the journal Cultural Theory-Critical Methodologies 9:2, published in May 2009. Kolcio wrote this article in collaboration with Wesleyan dance major, Ellen Gerdes ’06. Gerdes is currently doing graduate studies in dance at Temple University.

Choreography Workshop Students Perform in Winter Dance

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More than 70 Wesleyan students took part in the Winter Dance Concert Dec. 5 and 6 in the Center for the Arts Theater. The annual concert showcases the work of dance majors completing Choreography Workshop. Pictured are Sheryl Sinclair '09 and Collin Cutrone McMichael '09 performing a dance titled "unto i lovE: an anagram" by Yumin He '09.

Faculty, Students Explore Imagination Through Dance

Dancing the Imagination," was performed at the Patricelli '92 Theater on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. "Dancing the Imagination" was an evening of conceptually, visually, and kinesthetically compelling dance performed and directed by Rachel Boggia, visiting assistant professor of dance.

Iddrisu Saaka, artist in residence, performs a dance titled "Jovian Suite" Oct. 30 in Patricelli '92 Theater. The dance was part of "Dancing the Imagination" - a conceptually, visually and kinesthetically compelling project directed by Rachel Boggia, visiting assistant professor of dance.