Wednesday, September 20, 2017

[ARTSPACE], OSU & 21C
MUSEUM HOTEL TO
PRESENT WENDY JEHLEN'S
UNFAMILIAR BUTTERFLY


[Artspace] is proud to partner with OSU & 21c Museum Hotel to present Unfamiliar Butterfly, a performance by dancer & choreographer Wendy Jehlen at 21c Hotel on Saturday, September 23rd from 7 - 8 PM. This performance is in conjunction with OSU's presentaton of Jehlen's Lilith, which is named after Kiki Smith's 1994 artwork of the same name.
"Unfamiliar Butterfly - a performance of fragility

Beginning in darkness, percussive sound builds slowly revealing an initially imperceptible rhythm. Thin beams of light from above, from below, from all sides illuminating her body, one part at a time, occasionally revealing more of her.  She is quivering, breaking.  She is enveloped in un-place-able sound. Unfamiliar Butterfly is an extended study of vulnerability. 
The dance is an embodiment of constant change, of travel.  The structure of the work is loosely based on the life-cycle of a butterfly, and is intended to change in each rendition. 
Unfamiliar Butterfly began as a collaboration with lighting designer/theater direction Jose Koshy in Kerala, India as part of an International Theater Artist Incubation residency. Iterations of Unfamiliar Butterfly have been performed at SomDance, Somerville, MA June 2017; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Dec 2016; and Aksanat!, Istanbul, Turkey April 2016."
- Wendy Jehlen
Wendy Jehlen’s career has been marked by international explorations, study and creative collaboration. Her unique approach to choreography incorporates elements of Bharata Natyam; Odissi; Capoeira, Kalaripayattu, West African dance, Butoh, and a wide-range of Contemporary movement forms. Her emotionally powerful choreography has been created and performed in the US, Canada, Italy, India, Japan, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Mali and Turkey.
This event is free & open to the public. Learn more about Jehlen here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

PERPETUAL MOTION
PERFORMS AT THE
BLACK WHITE
BLACKLIGHT 
FUNDRAISER


SEP30

Black White Black Light Party

Public



Join Perpetual Motion Dance for the 3rd Annual Black White Black Light Party. This annual fundraiser features live performances by Perpetual Motion Dance & PM2, a DJ, open bar, silent auction and more.



Arts & Entertainment · Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Create, develop, and inspire innovative dance.
About the Venue
OKC BALLET TO OFFER
NEW THERAPY CLASS
FOCUSED ON PARKINSON'S
SUFFERS




Oklahoma City Ballet began offering a ballet class that benefits people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease beginning September 5, 2017 and will be held in its new facility at 6800 North Classen Boulevard in Oklahoma City.  Dance for Parkinson’s is being offered through OKC Ballet’s growing outreach division, as a part of the Golden Swans program that benefits senior adults. This new program was made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Elderly Services iFund.

Ballet has been proven to be beneficial for Parkinson’s sufferers through the Dance for PD program created by Mark Morris Dance Company faculty member David Leventhal. He has received numerous awards and recognition from the Parkinson’s community for creating this program. Erica Portell, OKC Ballet faculty member, attended classes in Brooklyn to become trained through Dance for PD in August.

“To me what is so unique about this approach is that it’s not ‘watered down’ or condescending,” said Portell of the classes. “There isn't a dynamic of ‘you are a patient -let's use dance to try and fix you.’  It respects that these people are grown adults with long, rich life experiences to draw from and to contribute.  I would say a better description of the dynamic is ‘You Have Parkinson's. And you are here as a dance student.’”

Parkinson’s sufferers greatly benefit from the community formed, the strength and stability developed, and confidence in movement that ballet classes aid in developing. The program consists of one hour classes that vary between doing movements while seated, using the back of the chair for assistance, and doing movements across the floor. All instruction is catered to the abilities of that particular student, with options given for varying degrees of difficulty.

“Class is beyond inclusive,” added Portell. “It is presented with options and modifications for everyone from early onset or recent diagnosis to those using wheelchairs or walkers. There's a way for everyone to participate at their maximum level.” Portell’s own father suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.

“He was an amazing tap dancer in his younger years and that connection of moving to music was really helpful-even with simple tasks like walking. Listening to music helped his ability to walk without tripping or "freezing." This is true for so many PD patients. I so wish he had access to a program like this when he was initially diagnosed. He was always my greatest cheerleader to support my dance training and I am so thrilled to do this in some small tribute to him and to help others like him.”

Dance transforms the participant’s thinking in ways that are very beneficial to people with Parkinson’s disease. Dance, specifically choreography or simply putting a sequence of movements together, ultimately helps participants to start thinking creatively on how to move from point A to point B. Participating in dance classes helps instill confidence in students by emphasizing what they are able to do and not focusing on what they cannot do. Dance also expands their abilities to do certain things, helping with their strength, stamina, flexibility, and stability. Finally, participants feel a sense of community by being a part of a group dance class. Dancing together forms bonds, and there are specific activities that are conducted within the class in order to help participants develop those bonds.

Oklahoma City Ballet will be working with the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma in order to reach the people in need of these classes. The expected outcomes of the program are that participants will have a decrease in their symptom severity. The class will create a supportive community with socialization opportunities. The classes will also keep the participants moving and agile in a way that works best with their abilities.

Starting September 5, this free class will be held every Tuesday at 2:00pm until 3:00 pm at the Brackett Dance Center at 6800 North Classen Boulevard. For more information or to sign up for these classes, please contact OKC Ballet’s Outreach Coordinator, Stephanie Pitts by emailing Stephanie@okcballet.org.

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About Oklahoma City Ballet:  Founded in 1972 by Ballet Russe dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, Oklahoma City Ballet has been the city’s professional ballet company for 45 years. It is the resident dance Company of the Civic Center Music Hall and includes dancers from across the United States and around the world. Led by Artistic Director Robert Mills, the Company produces four main stage productions per season in Oklahoma City and tours across Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Oklahoma City Ballet restages the classics in addition to neo classical and other works of the 20th century.  It also regularly commissions new works from the industry's leading choreographers.

Friday, September 8, 2017


ARTSPACE AT [UNTITLED]
IN SEPTEMBER


WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE SAT. SEPT. 9
PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE https://www.1ne3.org/
FOR TIMES, AND ADDRESSES. 
 
E X H I B I T I O N S
U P C O M I N G
Main Gallery
Fluvial terra by Megan Singleton

[Press] Gallery

Altered Classics by Kelly Campbell Berry

Library
Selected Works by Kiki Smith


On display September 7th - October 28th
P R O G R A M M I N G





City Sounds: John Winston
Saturday, September 9th
from 8-10PM
Free

 





Community Spirit
Sponsored by Anthem Brewing
Thursday, September 14th
from 5-7PM
Free




Art Forum:
Megan Singleton Lecture

at 21c Museum Hotel
Thursday, September 21st
from 6:30-7:30PM
Free




Wendy Jehlen performs Unfamiliar Butterfly
at 21c Museum Hotel
Saturday, September 23rd
from 7-8PM
Free





Deep Deuce Sessions
presented by OK Sessions
Saturday, September 30th
from 6-11PM
Free
W O R K S H O P S







Shibori Tote Dyeing
with Agnes Stadler
Saturday, September 9th
from 1-4PM
$40 per Participant




From Plant to Paper to Page
a workshop by Megan Singleton

Friday, Sept. 22nd to
Sunday, Sept. 24th
9AM-4AM Each Day
Deadline: September 8th
$350 per Participant
H I V E




Featured Bee of the HIVE:
Elizabeth Richards

Stop by the HIVE to
see all of her handmade goods!

Open 10AM-6PM
OCU'S FREE FILM
SERIES OPENS THIS
SUNDAY, THE 10TH

Film Series Returns for ‘Picturing Reconciliation’
Oklahoma City University’s 36th annual international film series will open at 2 p.m. Sept. 10 with director François Ozon’s 2016 film “Frantz.” All films in the series will be screened free to the public in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.
This year’s series is based on the theme “Picturing Reconciliation.”
In a period when historians and world leaders are reassessing the first World War during its centennial, Ozon’s German/French co-production “Frantz” explores the subtle costs of that war in the lives of those who survived it.
Filmed in richly nuanced black and white, Ozon’s reimagining of Maurice Rostand’s post-World War I script for “Broken Lullaby” takes viewers back 100 years while offering a story that also transcends eras and wars. Anna is a young German woman mourning the loss of her fiancée Frantz, living with his kind parents, and trying to find a way to move on. When French veteran Adrien arrives in Germany to insert himself in their lives, his presence brings out tensions within the family and their community. As a veteran of the enemy army, Adrien forces Frantz’s loved ones into an emotionally complicated landscape, despite his charms. The story gives subtle revelations that raise questions about guilt, loyalty and the relevance of truth.
Film series director Tracy Floreani said she and her advisory committee wanted this year’s film series to take on a positive theme in light of the many global crises and cultural divides occurring throughout the world.
“All of these films deal with the idea of reconciliation in some way, whether people from warring factions trying to understand one another, or people treading the difficult terrain of forgiveness or acceptance,” Floreani said.
Films are also selected based on feedback and requests from audience members at past series. The films run throughout the academic year, from September through March.
A discussion session follows each film for those who wish to stay, and a list of theme-based recommended readings and podcasts will be available at each screening.
“In the past we’ve always screened eight feature films and then offered a separate documentary film series in the spring,” Floreani added, describing changes from years past. “We’ll now be screening more films and integrating occasional documentaries into the year-long series.”
Past series featured a book title as inspiration. That will be replaced this year by a constantly updated list of recommended reading and listening materials to take advantage of the variety of online interviews and podcasts related to each films’ theme, Floreani added.
The series will also launch a new annual film accompaniment called “Picturing Poetry,” a feature film or documentary about poetry in conjunction with the distinguished poet event that occurs the first week of April each year. A screening of Jim Jarmusch’s latest film “Paterson” will open the “Picturing Poetry” concept March 25 to accompany the visit of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Koumyakaa on campus April 4.
For more information, visit okcufilmlit.org, call 405-208-5707 or send an email to filmlit@okcu.edu
The Film Institute is supported by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund for the University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature.
Other dates and films in the series include:
·         Sept. 24 with “The Look of Silence” by Joshua Oppenheimer
·         Oct. 8 with “In the Name of the Father” by Jim Sheridan
·         Oct. 22 with “Tanna” by Martin Butler and Brantley Dean
JAWALA RISING FLAME
SAT. SEPT. 8 IN TULSA










A classical yet experimental Bharata Natyam dance performance by Mythili Prakash

Jwala explores an image that is central to all cultures, both in daily life and in philosophy: The Flame. The same flame that burns is that which illuminates. Jwala tries to envision “Flame” through the language of Bharata Natyam, a form which is incredibly codified in its gestural language and structure, but has tremendous scope for interpretation and creative liberty.
Saturday    September 9 2017 @ 7:30 pm   
At the   Tulsa Performing Arts Center   John H. Williams Theater
Tickets are $30 and $15

WATCH HER PERFORMANCE ON THE LINK BELOW:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhdCfukA2gY

Courtesy of the South Asian Performing Arts Foundation


OKC PHIL OPENS SEASON
WITH RICHARD GOODE,
PIANIST, AND JOEL LEVINE,
CONDUCTOR


           The performance will take place at 8 p.m. in the Civic Center Music Hall.