Dance Department

Events, Fall 2014

Dance Department Info Session

Wednesday, August 27 @ 2:30-3:30 pm
PAB Dance Studio

Come for an informal information session on dance at Reed. This is a great opportunity to meet members of the dance faculty, student representatives, to talk about courses and to have your questions answered.

Day of Dance

Saturday, August 30 @ 10 am-1 pm
PAB Dance Studio

Come, meet and dance with students and faculty in the Dance Department

All levels of experience welcome!

10:00-10:45 - Greeting & warm-up with Carla Mann, Professor of Dance

10:45-11:15 - Ballet with Eric Skinner, dance staff and Artistic Director of Skinner/Kirk Dance

11:15-11:45 - Hip-hop with DJ Rayley, dance staff and artistic director of Snap

11:45-noon - BREAK! SNACKS!

noon-12:30 - Capeira with Cristina Rosa, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

12:30-1:00 - Contemporary with Minh Tran, Visiting Associate Professor of Dance

Events with visiting artist Ralph Lemon

The Practice of Form 1 – a workshop for intermediate & advanced dance students
Wednesday, October 29 @ 3:10-4:30 pm in the PAB Dance Studio

The Practice of Form 2 – a workshop for students in various artistic disciplines
Wednesday, October 29 @ 6:30-8:00 pm in the PAB Performance Lab

A lecture about work – a talk, showing of work on video and Q & A
Thursday, October 30 @ 7:30 pm in the PAB Performance Lab

Acclaimed, genre-defying artist Ralph Lemon is Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation. Mr. Lemon's projects expand the definition of choreography by crossing and stretching the boundaries between Western, postmodern dance and other art forms and cultures. For each project, builds a team of collaborating artists—from diverse cultural backgrounds, countries, and artistic disciplines—who bring their own history and aesthetic voice to the work. Projects develop organically, over a period of years, with frequent public sharings of work-in-progress, and the culminating artworks derive from the artistic, cultural, historic, and emotional material uncovered in this rigorous creative research process.

From 2005 to 2008, Ralph Lemon was primarily engaged in The Walter Project, a series of works in various art forms developed in collaboration with Walter Carter, an African American centenarian who has lived his entire life in Bentonia, Mississippi. Their collaboration was the basis for the mixed-media installation (the efflorescence of) Walter, seen at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), The Kitchen (New York City), and the Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans). In 2005, Mr. Lemon concluded The Geography Trilogy, a decade-long international research and performance project that spanned three continents as it explored race, history, and memory. The project featured three evening-length dance/theater performances: Geography (1997); Tree (2000); and Come Home Charley Patton (2004); two Internet art projects; the publication of two books by Wesleyan University Press; and several gallery exhibitions. Other recent projects include the three-DVD set of The Geography Trilogy; Konbit, a video collage about Miami's Haitian community; Three, a dance/film created with choreographer Bebe Miller and filmmaker Isaac Julien; and Persephone, a book with Philip Trager's photographs of Mr. Lemon's choreographic work, with text by Lemon and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, and poems by Rita Dove and Eavan Boland.

Ralph Lemon was one of fifty artists to receive the inaugural United States Artists Fellowship in 2006. He has received two "Bessie" (NY Dance and Performance) Awards, one in 2005 in recognition of The Geography Trilogy; a 2004 NYFA Award for Choreography; and a 2004 Fellowship with the Bellagio Study and Conference Center. In 1999, he was honored with the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, and was invited to participate in the National Theatre Artist Residency Program, administered by Theatre Communications Group and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Among his many teaching positions, Lemon has been artist-in-residence at Temple University in Philadelphia (2005-06); George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Artist at the Krannert Center (2004); and a Fellow of the Humanities Council and Program in Theater and Dance at Princeton University (2002). From 1996 to 2000, he was Associate Artist at Yale Repertory Theatre and in 2009-2010 Mr. Lemon was a guest artist at Stanford University through the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, the Drama/Dance Department, and the inaugural year of the Arts Intensive Program.

Arts Division Open Meeting

Monday 27 October, 4:45 pm. Location TBD. Open Division meeting with students. In PAB. Students from all disciplines will show work in progress.

Auditions for Winter Dance Concert

Mid-November. Exact date TBA. Prepare and audition your choreography to be shown in the Winter Dance Concert. Choreography must be original and complete, no more than 5 minutes for ensemble pieces and no more than 3 minutes for solo pieces. When the audition date is set, you may reserve a time slot on the sign-up sheet posted outside the PAB Dance Studio door. Please bring to the audition your own music, costume ideas, and information on any special technical needs you might have. For questions, please contact Minh Tran or Serra Shelton.

Winter Dance Concert

Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14, 7:00 pm in Greenwood. Choreography by Reed students, faculty and special guests.

Plus Upcoming Dance Performances in Portland

White Bird Dance presents dance companies from around the world. This falls roster includes Diavolo, Michael Clark Company, BalletBoyz and Yossi Berg & Oded Graf.

The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's (PICA) Time-Based Arts Festival (TBA) presents more than a dozen performances, lectures, and classes by and with contemporary artists from September 11-21. This year's festival includes dance by Eisa Jocson, the Body Cartography Project, Tahni Holt, Jack Ferver and Luke George.