Columbus Dance Theatre (CDT) announced in February the recipients of the third annual Columbus Dances Fellowship Award. Five choreographers have been chosen to receive fellowships through funding provided by GCAC. The winning choreographers’ new works—five new dances in all—will be showcased in a performance free to the public on March 15 and 16 at CDT’s Fischer Theatre.
“We are trying to remove any barriers to attendance,” says Tim Veach, CDT’s artistic director. “We had quite a few people attend last year who have never been able to see a live dance performance before due to financial constraints. They loved it and were so grateful for the opportunity to witness new dance right here in their community.”
An open adjudication was held in January where interested choreographers could show three to 10 minutes of works in progress to a panel of independent adjudicators. Five choreographers were awarded fellowships of $2,000 each and a live presentation to showcase their works. This year’s recipients: Noelle Chun, Nicole Garlando, Cheston Repola, Jorge Andrés Villarini and Seth Wilson.
“It is a rare opportunity for an independent choreographer to receive both funding and a performance venue in which to make new work," said Veach. "I am so pleased that GCAC has made this commitment for dance through the Columbus Dances Fellowship.”
Veach said that CDT is pleased to be able to support the greater dance community through this exciting partnership with GCAC. “We have a wealth of talent right here in Columbus and this showcase of both independent choreographers and dancers offers central Ohio audiences a rare opportunity to sample the depth and diversity of dance in Columbus.”
When: Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: CDT’s Fisher Theatre, 592 E. Main St., 43215
For more information: The concert is free and open to the public, but you must make reservations to attend by calling: (614) 849-0227 or by emailing CDT’s managing director Sean Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ColumbusDanceTheatre.com.
Image: Seth Wilson, courtesy of CDT.
On March 2, eight high school a cappella groups will compete for a $1,000 grand prize at the Fourth Annual Columbus A Cappella Fest, presented by the Columbus Children’s Choir (CCC) and The GrooveBarbers (founders of Rockapella). Judge scores will combine with audience votes to decide the winner. Performances by CCC and Bexley High School will finish out the evening. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.
CCC is dedicated to presenting many different forms of music. Our partnership with The GrooveBarbers has allowed us to collaborate with groups from across Ohio. Keyes, co-founder and a lead vocalist of The GrooveBarbers agrees. "We are delighted to once again be co-hosting the Columbus A Cappella Fest with the Columbus Children's Choir, and and we're especially excited that in its 4th year, CAF will feature a major vocal competition for high school groups from across the region. This kind of unique programming, set in the heart of Bexley's Main Street corridor at Capital University, will make for a very special event for everyone -- singers, families, friends, and fans of all ages."
In addition to the contest, the fest will provide workshops from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for all students in grades 7 – 12. Sessions will be led by The GrooveBarbers, The Scioto Valley Chorus and Brody McDonald of Kettering-Fairmont High School, whose group, Eleventh Hour, was featured on Season 2 of NBC’s “The Sing Off.” McDonald’s students will compete against groups from Kettering, Oberlin, Columbus, Worthington, Mason and Worthington.
Where: Mees Hall, Capital University 1 College and Main; Bexley, OH 43209
When: March 2, 2013; Workshops from 2 - 4 p.m.; Performance at 7 p.m.
Image courtesy of Columbus Children's Choir.
For two weeks in March, CS Gallery will play host to Exposure: A Mobile Photography Exhibition, showcasing the work of more than 50 artists -- local and global, emerging and seasoned -- whose diverse views are expressed through mobile phones. Exposure seeks to shatter preconceived notions about the genre, and demonstrate the desire to push boundaries can spark a global movement to redefine photography.
For three years, CS Gallery has served as an "incubator" gallery, providing the unique opportunity for new artists to exhibit alongside established artists without a juried acceptance process. The gallery mentors inexperienced artists by providing guidance on how to present artwork, market, and network, while creating a diverse and inclusive experience for patrons. Their support of artists of all levels and genre has established CS Gallery as a driving force within the arts community.
Starting in May, CS Gallery embarks on a new concept with NX Gallery, a space within a space. A defined portion of the present CS Gallery space will be dedicated to solo and small group exhibits showcasing the work of seasoned artists. In contrast to CS Gallery, exhibiting artists will present a body of work that is cohesive in concept and genre. NX Gallery is a new direction -- a high-caliber exhibition space operating in concert with CS Gallery, a mentorship space.
Where: 66 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
When: Opening reception March 16, 7 - 11 p.m. Exhibition runs March 16 - 26, 2013 during regular gallery hours, Tuesday - Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday by appointment.
For more information: cobenickstudios.com
Image: Stephanie Kuhl, Untitled, 2013, mobile photography.