IDEAS IN MOTION
Ideas in Motion is a joint initiative supported by NCCAkron, The University of Akron, The University of Akron Foundation, and the Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series in the Arts. This three-pronged initiative is meant to challenge students to be versatile and open, while also firmly rooting them in the present dance field.
21ST CENTURY DANCE PRACTICES
The annual spring phase of Ideas in Motion, 21st Century Dance Practices is a capsule series representative of genres, geographies, cultural and/or social contexts outside the traditional binary of modern and ballet in a conservatory setting.
Photo of Brian Brooks with UA dance program students by Dale Dong Photography.
SPRING 2020 ARTISTS
COMMUNITY COMMISSIONING RESIDENCY (FALL)
The annual fall phase of Ideas in Motion, the Community Commissioning Residency continues the work of engaging students and the greater community with a contemporary leading dance artist. Artists are invited to apply through a nomination process by The University of Akron faculty and NCCAkron team members. Faculty, team members, and students serve on the selection committee.
The 2022 Community Commissioning Residency artist was Alexandra Barbier (Urbana, IL), selected for her choreographic research involving queer Black dance vernacular and how it operates outside of the academic dance community. To read more about Alex's residency, click here.
The 2021 Community Commissioning Residency Artist was Ben Needham-Wood (San Francisco, CA). Ben was chosen, in part, for his proposed focus on mental health in his choreographic research. To read more about Ben's residency, click here.
The first annual Community Commissioning Residency Artist was Cara Hagan (then Boone, NC; now Akron, OH) who focused her residency on screen dance.
Photo of Alexandra Barbier by Todd Collins.
Photo of Ben Needham-Wood by Maximillian Tortoriello.
Photo of Cara Hagan by Victor Blanco.
INSIDE THE DANCER'S STUDIO
An ongoing free and open to the public series of interviews with 21st Century Dance Practices artists. This series of talks explores creativity, the craft of choreography, and navigating an artistic career.
Talks take place on Fridays. RSVP to join us in Guzzetta Hall for free.
Our first four seasons of Inside the Dancer's Studio are available as a podcast! Download and listen on all platforms now.
Photo of Mustapha Braimah and Christy Bolingbroke by Dale Dong Photography.