<![CDATA[Tommy Batchelor - Blog]]>Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:40:17 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[My 2015 Doings]]>Wed, 09 Dec 2015 19:22:07 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/my-2015-doings
These are the dance members of Class of 2017.  Best class ever... 

In March of 2015, I was involved in Partially Nothing + Wholly Something, a new dance work by Kat Sauma | Assembled Hearts, presented at MINT Art Gallery. The project was choreographed and directed by Kat Sauma, a recent graduate of the Ohio State University Department of Dance. Sauma’s project moves into an important, necessary role for our city: the production of dance by independent dance artists.  I was proud to be a part of this program.

In early September, I participated in the Motion Sensor Lab at OSU.  This was a fun experience that I hope to participate in again.
I performed in Feathered Landing: A Convergence of Dances Simple Man (excerpt from Cipher XY) with Calder White at the Rochester Fringe Festival September 19tha nd 20th.  Choreography was by Brandon Whited in collaboration with performers.  Music was Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Cipher XY – Saturday Oct 31, 2015 dancers Quilan Arnold, Tim Bendernagel, S. Lumbert, Calder White and I performed the full version of Cipher XY at the Barnett Theatre in “Sullivant Hall, The Ohio State University Department of Dance.  Choreography by  Brandon Whited, in partial collaboration with the dancers. Music: “I am what I am,” by Eminem; “Pause,” by Nils Frahm; “Wonderful Life,” by Black; “Simple Man,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Sound Editing: Cailin Manning. ** I do not own the rights to the music in this work. Covered under Educational auspices through the Ohio State University.  Lighting was Dave Covey. Sets/Costumes by Brandon Whited and Videography by Kim Wilczak.
November 13-14, 2015 at the Capitol Theatre, Riffe center, OSU put on Dance Downtown. The piece I performed in was "Of the Earth Far Below."  The original choreographer was Doug Varone, staged by Eddie Taketa.  Music by Steve Reich, Triple Quartet.  Here is a picture of one of the scenes.
<![CDATA[Hi, Tommy here writing to you from Alabama.]]>Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:30:21 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/hi-tommy-here-writing-to-you-from-alabama I'm still dancing at The Ohio State University (OSU) and making dance films. This is my Sophomore year and I wanted to update you on all the things I've done in 2014. What a busy year.
I started 2014 with a bang. I participated in the BuckeyeThon, a Dance Marathon to raise money for the kids treated in Hematology/ Oncology/BMT at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Thanks to many of you for your support, we raised a lot of money for the kids: $767,227.78. I created my dance film, “Down the Hall” during this month as well: see videos. The dancer, Kim, explores the underground tunnels finding no escape, only more rooms.
May started my work on Sullivant Travels, to be presented in September at the opening of Sullivant Hall OSU. This was a site based dance using Sullivant Hall as it's background. I had a lot of fun in the rehearsals and ended up participating on Ropes.
In April, I performed as a dance soloist (the pinball) and ensemble member of “The Who's Tommy” at Short North Stage in Columbus. I also danced in Drums Downtown, a percussion centered dance performance at OSU. Along with school work, this was an extremely busy time for me.
May ran into June, and June into July. In June, I worked as a crew member on “No Letting Go” the movie, written and Directed by Jonathan Bacari. The movie is about a young teenager struggling with mental illness and the risks his Mom takes to save him without losing the rest of the family. I learned a lot about cameras and staging that goes along with movie making and had a lot of fun. July was The Big Maine Event in Portland, Maine. I performed tap and contemporary numbers, and got to work with old friends from Billy Elliot. As a group we visited the Ogunquit Playhouse to see the latest Billy Elliot performance, I also participated in the LA Tap Fest that month. Believe me, that kicked my butt. I learned a lot there and incorporated some of it in my performance.
August had me participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calling out four of my friends and helping to raise funds for the cause. Summer was finally over and I moved into my new apartment.
September was the Stephen Koplowitz Project, “Sullivant Travels.” I enjoyed the project, especially the Ropes. Many people came to see the performance making the experience amazing. In October it was time for Columbus Fashion Week's finale runway show. My fellow dancers and I opened and closed the event with a bang. November came and another dance film: Trapped, something I really enjoy doing.
And now for December; a couple of videos including “Weighted Bounce” and “Irascor,” Latin for angry, fly into rage. I also participated in “Moment of Silent Screams” by Quilan Arnold, a film about the current race and authority relations of the times. I am currently having a wonderful time in Alabama for the holidays, as I hope you all are too.

Happy Holidays!
<![CDATA[The Who's Tommy]]>Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:27:04 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/the-whos-tommy Come check out The Who's Tommy.  See me dancing a solo and in the male ensemble along with a great cast April 10-27th in Columbus, OH.

<![CDATA[(Update): Keep these dates open to see me in the cast of Drums Downtown]]>Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:31:44 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/keep-these-dates-open-to-see-me-in-the-cast-of-drums-downtownFriday, April 4, 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 8:00pm
Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center

The popular event Drums Downtown is back, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of creative collaboration. Joining the Ohio State Percussion Ensemble collaborates with choreographers and dancers from the Department of Dance, in addition to guests from the Department of Art and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).

$20/general public (reserved seating); $10/ConcertCard holders, senior citizens, Alumni Association members, OSU faculty and staff, students and children. This concert is not included in the Free with BuckID program.

Tickets through the Ohio State Theatre box office (614) 292-2295 and CAPA Ticket Center (614) 469-0939.]]>
<![CDATA[Check out my new OSU Dance blog]]>Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:23:42 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/check-out-my-new-osu-dance-blogwww.TommyBatchelor.wordpress.com]]><![CDATA[Join me and the OSU Dancers in Dance Downtown]]>Tue, 15 Oct 2013 03:35:57 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/1 Friday, November 22, 2013 - 8:00pm - Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 8:00pm
Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Four award winning contemporary choreographers take inspiration from the expressive instrument of the guitar to create this year’s Dance Downtown, the annual concert that showcases the talents of undergraduate and graduate dance majors. Acclaimed dance artist, OSU Dance alumna and Modern Dance icon Dianne McIntyre presents a new work in response to the sounds of early blues. McIntyre is highly regarded for her choreographic musicality and her deep dedication to dancers being in intimate relationship to the music. Legendary choreographer, alumna and Distinguished Professor of Dance Bebe Miller reprises her 1991 creation,The Hendrix Project, a chaotic, yet ordered visualization of the music of the legendary guitarist, performed on the original set pieces by Caroline Beasley-Baker. Visiting artist from Costa Rica Jimmy Ortiz constructs movement material inspired by the concept of radical transformations. An original sound score composed for his work harnesses the versatility and virtuosity of both electric and acoustic guitars. Ortiz is an internationally renowned choreographer known for creating movement expressions that are urgent, compelling, and emotionally pitch perfect. Choreographer Abby Zbikowski creates a new work with students exploring her signature rhythmically driven, hard-edged movement vocabulary, drawn from the essence and vitality of punk and hip-hop aesthetics. Entitled Without a Cause, the work samples music from various punk and hardcore bands such as the Runaways, Bad Brains, and Swans, among others.

Admission: $20 General Public, $10 OSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni, Senior Citizens, Students (w/ID) and Children. Tickets may be purchased via the OSU Theater Box Office in person or by phone: (614) 292-2295.($1 per ticket ordered by phone.) Discounted tickets are only available at the OSU Theatre Box Office.

Tickets also available via:
Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster's charge by phone: (800) 745-3000
CAPA Ticket Office – online, pickup or phone: (614) 469-0939. ($2.50 per ticket ordered by phone.)

<![CDATA[Update]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:57:42 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/updateAs many of you already know, I will be attending OSU (Ohio State University) this fall!!! I am so excited to be done with high school and to begin my transition into the new world!
In other news, I have dipped my foot into the world of writing. Not a huge dip (my big toe is only lightly soaked). I have recently written the introduction to a book called; Heaven, Hell, and the Planet In Between (written by Sean Patrick Brennan) . Don't be fooled by the title...you do not have to be a religious person to enjoy this book; I enjoyed it very much and learned many things from reading it. During the process of reading, you will discover as many things about yourself as the characters discover about themselves.
Heaven hasn't revealed itself to Earth this much since Jesus, but now there's TV, satellites, the Internet--it's a whole new ballgame! Both Heaven and Hell are buzzing with word that a new reality is about to begin, and all eyes are on the battleground between them, the Planet In Between! Stephen is a former monk who has no idea his life is about to change forever. An ordinary March day suddenly turns most extraordinary when he is unknowingly recruited for a divine mission. With a special introduction by Broadway star Tommy Batchelor (Billy in Billy Elliot The Musical), this is a story literally millions of years in the making. Take a journey like no other to Heaven, Hell, and the Planet In Between in this exciting, imaginative new story!

You can find it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-Hell-Planet-In-Between/dp/1484090187/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366742446&sr=8-1&keywords=Heaven%2C+Hell%2C+and+the+Planet+in+between

I know you will love Heaven, Hell, and the Planet In Between, the first book in an excitingly creative new series...so buy it, read it, and tell me what you think! XD
<![CDATA[Scholarship Contest]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:25:07 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/scholarship-contestThis is a video that I created for the Viral Video Scholarship Contest being held by the Davis Law Group, p.s. The name of the video is a mix between the words "drunk" and "distraction".  If you would like to vote for my video go to this link...http://dlglawfirm.com/vvsc-2013/disdrunktion-vvsc/
Filmed by: Mike Blevins
Actor/Director/Editor: Tommy Batchelor (me)
Crazy Drunk Cowboy Dude "Double": Eddie Batchelor (my brother)

Public voting will begin now and end on May 1st, 2013. Scoring for the public voting round of the Viral Video Scholarship Contest will be focused on how "Viral" the video becomes based on, FACEBOOK LIKES, TWEETS, PLUS 1'S, VIEWS, LIKES VS. DISLIKES AND COMMENTS on both the video page the dlglawfirm.com website and on youtube.
Thank you anyone that does any of the things listed above :D
<![CDATA[First Audition Ever!]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:18:11 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/first-audition-everI just got back from my first college audition ever! I auditioned at NYU for dance. I really enjoyed the ballet and contemporary classes. I also got to perform my solo "Whirlwind" (Choreographed by Stacey Downs) which was a lot of fun. Overall it was a great experience...I have a few more colleges to audition for, and then I just have to wait and see what happens. 

P.S. Out of everyone in the audition, I was number one... Literally (like they gave me the number one to pin on my shirt...because my last name starts with "B"  and everyone else's name came later in the alphabet {I'm not that self centered}). But seriously everyone did really great, and I wish them all the best of luck! There were so many great dancers there and it seemed like everyone was having a good time. NYU was fantastic!]]>
<![CDATA[Balloon Release]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:47:14 GMThttp://www.tommybatchelor.net/blog/balloon-releaseOn Dec 16, members of Seven Star School of Performing Arts gathered at Brewster High School to release balloons for all of those involved in the Sandy Hook shooting. Many were brought to tears as "Amazing Grace" was sung. Nothing like this should happen to any child or their parents. To anyone that know's someone who was involved,I am truly sorry for your loss.