Feature Photo: Terra Incognita
College senior Benjamin Miyamoto dances in Oberlin Dance Company’s Terra Incognita in Hall Auditorium Saturday. Choreographed by Assistant Professor of Dance Alysia Ramos, the multimedia show illustrates how it feels to delve into the unknown and find the unexpected. Conservatory musicians accompanied the dancers, improvising to coordinate their sound with onstage movement. Inspired by Miles Davis, Omar Sosa, Joni Mitchell and Christian Scott, the spontaneity in the music fit with the show’s theme of exploring unfamiliar experiences. Ramos based her vision on Davis’s album Kind of Blue as well as Rebecca Solnit’s book The Field Guide to Getting Lost. Themes in the book, as well as students’ writing, meshed with the dance and music in this hybrid performance.