Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Community Artist-in-Residence
Since 2003, the University of Dayton has funded acclaimed artists from the Dayton community to conduct a variety of curricular and co-curricular arts-learning programs for students campus-wide throughout the academic year. For the third consecutive year, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) will serve as UD Community Artist-in-Residence for the 2012-13 academic year. DCDC is a 40-year old, highly acclaimed professional dance company, founded in Dayton, that has made a significant contribution to the history of American dance.
The residency is designed to impact UD students of all years and majors. Those with little or no experience with dance will have the opportunity to develop experience in movement and gain an historical awareness of the discipline, the dance company, and its influences. UD students with experience and/or involvement in dance will be provided with opportunities for mentorship and advanced technical assistance from professional dancers. The program also targets cross-disciplinary collaboration among DCDC, faculty, and students to create academic and experiential learning activities such as course development and performances.
The residency program is administered through ArtStreet and the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives.
Fall 2013 Residency Activities
ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: Step and Body Percussion
Wednesday, August 28, 7-8 p.m. RecPlex MAC Gym
“Stepping” has long been a part of African-American Greek life. This workshop uses the body as a percussive instrument to create a musically inclined movement experience. Presented as part of ArtStreet’s Wednesday Workshop series.
Hip-Hop Seminar: Part I (The Discussion)
Tuesday September 10, 8 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Join us for a discussion of how this global movement form has impacted how we communicate across the globe. Created by many cultural donations, hip-hop has used its ways of moving and speaking as commentary on class, race, politics and gender.
Hip-Hop Seminar: Part II (The Cypher)
Wednesday September 11, 7-8 p.m. McGinnis Center
Street dance has multiple forms — breaking, b-boying and locking are just a few. Come explore the various techniques that fuse street jazz and contemporary hip-hop styles, creating an innovative and unique movement vocabulary. Workshop includes a dance lesson and an excerpted performance of Rennie Harris’s Jacob’s Ladder. Presented as part of ArtStreet’s Wednesday Workshop series.
Friday Film Series: Planet B-Boy
Friday, September 13, 8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B
Jumping continents and crossing cultures, this documentary looks at the history of breakdancing and its vibrant resurgence in urban cultures around the world. Hosted by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; presented in conjunction with DCDC's Hip-Hop Seminar (September 10 and 11).
The Right to … Be Human
Wednesday September 18, throughout the day at various campus locations
Dancers from the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and one guest performing artist will embark on a journey around the University of Dayton campus performing site-specific works that finish the phrase, “The right to …”
ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: African Dance and Drum Circle with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Wednesday November 13, 7-8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio D
This workshop explores the richness of African culture from Mali and Senegal. Participants will experience the communal spirit of African dance through song, rhythm and movement. Community is inherent in many African dance forms, making this a perfect fit for beginners to advanced movers. Presented as part of ArtStreet’s Wednesday Workshop series.
Creative Culture Exchange: The Future of Dance in Contemporary America
Tuesday, November 19, 7:30-9 p.m. ArtStreet Studio C
Join the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Rodney Veal, Richard Mosley, Jeanne Mam-Luft and national dance "upstarts" Hammerstep as they debate the idea that the future of dance depends on new voices, new vocabularies and new works to survive in a 21st century creative market. Learn more about the Creative Culture Exchange >>