Step into the world of dance for a semester of fun. Dance Ensemble students train in the fundamentals of ballet and explore creativity through modern dance. This class emphasizes contemporary techniques to develop coordination, musicality, strength, flexibility and proper alignment. Students learn basic ballet and modern dance vocabulary, floor work, center work and movement across the floor. Instruction in creative improvisation, performance development, choreography and composition skills will culminate with a final performance.
Paul Cox is a visiting assistant professor of musical studies at Oberlin College and a SAGES fellow at Case Western University. Formerly the assistant curator of music and co-director of the AKI Festival of New Music at the Cleveland Museum of Art, he graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory in 1992 (B.Mus.) and Case Western Reserve University in 2011 (PhD, musicology). In the summer, he teaches percussion and music composition at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and serves as director of Sitka Fest, a summer-long arts, culture and science festival in Sitka. See http://paulcox.virb.com/ His talk explores his long relationship with John Cage's "Credo in US," a work for percussion, radio, phonograph and piano originally composed for a dance choreographed by Merce Cunningham and Jean Erdman in 1942. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
A collaboration between Paul Cox and WT McRae
This film was made by Roald Simonson in collaboration with composer Paul Cox on a commission from the Crossound Festival. The film was initially shown with live music accompaniment and "performed" throughout Alaska and in Chicago and Berlin. Lint is a touching tale about a mother and daughter who-despite living in separate countries-set out at the same time on a poignant yet humorous mission to battle lint.
Location: SPACES ART GALLERY Commission: Cleveland Arts Prize Director: Robin Van Lear Choreography: Story Van Lear Art: Brent Kee Young Performers: Kirsten Docter, viola Eric Young and Sam Haese, percussion
Paul Cox's 2012 first original score for light drums. Performed by Samuel Haese, Ryan Hilty and Eric Young. Thunderclap for Six Kinetic Light Drums Percussion Trio By Paul Cox 6-7 minutes Thunderclap for six kinetic light drums is a composition inspired by both literal and literary sources. Literally, the work recalls the sounds of an approaching thunderstorm, with the low drums emulating the distant rumblings of thunder. It is also based on a literary source, James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, specifically the moment at the beginning of the book when a thunder clap signals the start of a new supernatural age, the fall of Finnegan, and the introduction of the voice of God as expressed by Joyce's hundred-letter word: "Bababadalgharaghtakammnarronnkonnbronntonnerrontuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk." I use this word as the basis for the composition. Each section of the word is translated into a rhythmic gesture. For example, "bababa dal" is converted into three eighth notes and one quarter note. This rhythmic translation is derived from the sound of speaking the fragment. As such, the entire word generates a set of rhythmic gestures that are combined into one long rhythmic phrase that serves as the material for the entire work. To highlight the visual capabilities of the drums, different mallets are used, including a "rubber ball" mallet, which uses friction-generated sounds to create sustained light beams. Brushes, hard mallets and sticks are also used on the drumhead, as well. Clicks on the rim and body of the drums are also used throughout the piece.