Global Connections Series

The SMTD Global Connections Series is a drop-in opportunity for students to learn about professional linkages faculty have with international partners. Each faculty participant will lead a “live” open conversation or performance with a partner in another country, which will be available to the SMTD Community. The goal of these sessions is to give students an opportunity to engage globally through their art forms and recruit for future programs once global exchanges resume in person.

We look forward to this opportunity to connect you directly with this dynamic group of performers, teachers, administrators, community activists, and scholars.

Week 1Upper torso and head photo of dancer Nadja Raszewski in a performance or rehearsal (unknown) wearing a grey shirt and with their hair in a ponytail pointing index finger at another dancer out of screen. Mallet artist Anders Åstrand wearing sunglasses and a zip-up hoodie, sitting in a boat (assumed in Sweden), holding a stick or mallet in his right hand with arm raised above his head as if he is going to strike the camera with it. Facial expression is somewhere between a smile and a grimace. There is a boat captain, out of focus, sitting behind Anders in the boat.
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 4:30PM EST
You have to give something to get something!

Session Guests: Nadja Raszewski, Artistic Director of the Tanz Tangente Dance Company and School in Berlin, Germany  and Anders Åstrand, Clinician/Composer and director of Oxford Music Summer Academy in Stockholm, Sweden
Faculty Lead: Michael Gould

Collaborators for nearly 20 years, Professor Michael Gould discusses the art of collaboration w Raszewski (Choreographer-Berlin, Germany) and Anders Åstrand (Musician/Composer-Stockholm, Sweden). How they built their working relationships and the resulting projects that have led them to creating art around the world.

Week 2Hie-Yon Choi seated at a piano, photo from a distance.
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 8:30 PM EST
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The life of an International Pianist: from Seoul to Berlin to Bloomington, Indiana, and back again

Session Guest: Hie-Yon Choi, International Pianist and Professor of Piano, Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea)
Faculty Lead: Christopher Harding

Professor Hie-Yon Choi (Seoul National University) discusses her life and education as a musician with close ties to Asia, Europe, and the United States, in terms of education, opportunity, activity, and being part of shaping the world stage.

Week 3Kate Rubin smiling, hugging a tree.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 4:00-5:20 PM EST
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William Head on Stage: Prison Theatre in Canada

Session Guest: Kate Rubin, Theatre Director at William Head on Stage in Victoria, BC, Canada
Faculty Lead: Ashley Lucas

Kate will summarize the 40 year history of William Head on Stage and the different kinds of theatre productions and projects done with WHoS inmates at William Head Federal Institution in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She will specifically focus on the combination of script and collaborative devising work over the past 15 years she has been involved with as a teaching artist, performer and director.

Week 4Irish World Academy of Dance building facade
Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 4:30 PM EST
Finding Your Own Voice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland

Session Guest: Sandra Joyce, director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick
Faculty Lead: Marie McCarthy

In this session, a number of speakers will talk about their connections with the unique entity that is the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Dr. Marie McCarthy will discuss her relationship with the Academy over many years; Academy Director Dr Sandra Joyce will outline how the Academy was founded and developed; and graduates Dr RAS Mikey Courtney and Katie Geringer will talk about their experiences of being students at the Academy. Dr Joyce will discuss the diverse programs offered, highlighting the fact that they are grounded in local strengths but globally relevant. The vibrant environment will be showcased, focusing on the ethos of the Academy which equally honors all arts practices, as well as performance and academic study. Above all, the Academy focuses on helping all students to find their own voice, whatever the genre of music and dance they are interested in exploring.

Week 5Christoph BreithackVerena Moesenbichler-Bryant Dr. Ulrich Nachbauer
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 4:30 PM EST
Community Ensembles and Music Learning in Europe
Session Guests: Christoph Breithack, Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, and Dr. Ulrich Nachbauer
Faculty Leads: John Pasquale and Richard Frey

Amateur community ensembles are a pillar of European culture. Profs. John Pasquale and Richard Frey talk to Christoph Breithack (conductor of the Musikverein Freiburg, St. Georgen in Freiburg, Germany), Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant (Executive Director of the World Youth and Adult Wind Orchestras in Schladming, Austria), and Dr. Ulrich Nachbauer (President of the Berner Kammerchor in Bern, Switzerland) about the role, significance, and identity of community music making in Europe.

Week 6Rekha Shanmukha
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 8:30 AM EST
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Summer Program in India- 2020 – the Cyber Version

Session Guest: Dr. Rekha Shanmukha, Director, Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
Faculty Lead: Steve Rush

Rekha Shanmukha is the director of the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies, based in Mysore, India. VIIS has hosted the “Summer Program in India: Music/Dance/Yoga” with students from SMTD, since 2008. She is a dentist by profession, and is the main coordinator for many programs from all over the world, that intersect in Mysore, India to learn about everything from development to NGO management and Indian singing.


Week 7
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 10:30 AM EST
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A Week in London: Diving into the CoLab Festival at Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Session Guest: Hannah Dickinson, Head Of Student Recruitment And International Relations, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Joe Townsend, Head of CoLab, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty Lead: Jonathan Kuuskoski (he/his)

For two weeks every February, Trinity Laban’s usual creative atmosphere gets supercharged. There are no lectures, no classes, no assignments. That’s because it’s time for CoLab, their eccentric two‑week festival of creativity and innovation. For the 2021 CoLab, 10 SMTD students spent a week at Trinity Laban working alongside students to devise and perform interdisciplinary works through the city of London. Join SMTD faculty supervisor Jonathan Kuuskoski and a member of the Trinity Laban team to learn more about the CoLab experience, understand how SMTD students are selected for this opportunity, and share our hopes for what SMTD participation might look like in the February 2022.


Week 8Jay Peng Zhang
Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 6:30 PM EST
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An Investigation into How to Bring the Traditional Rituals of Tujia and Miao Chinese Ethnic Minorities to Contemporary Society through Theatre and Performance

Session Guest: Jay Peng Zhang, vocalist, choreographer, Professor- Art College, Shanghai University of Sport, Hong Kong
Faculty Lead: Amy Chavasse

Folk singer and modern dancer, Jay Peng Zhang, is from the Tujia and Miao ethnic minority groups of Western Hunan Province. Jay’s research maintains a focus on rituals and their inspirational role in his contemporary practice. Culturally rooted songs and traditions from his native place Yongshun (Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Western Hunan) form the core of his work. Jay will share his research through a performative talk including movement and songs from Miao and Tujia minorities as well as wearing the traditional attire he inherited from his grandmother. As one of the few remaining practitioners of traditional Tujia songs and aware of the recent policies of tourism and entertainment, Jay raises questions about authenticity and the rapidly changing conditions of Miao and Tujia minorities in China today. Peng Zhang will share his research in song, performed live via ZOOM, and provide context for his examination of these cultural artifacts in his lecture. Videos and images from his home land in Western Hunan will amplify the exchange.