Barnes Stresses Individuality, Expression in Workshops

Vida Weisblum
April 11, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Dance

Monica Bill Barnes, contemporary dancer, choreographer and performer extraordinaire, prides herself on quirkiness and fun — attributes which she eagerly shared with the Oberlin community last Saturday. She joined student dancers and non-dancers for two captivating workshops, each a two hour-long session... Read more »

‘Spring Back’ Revitalizes Postmodern Dance

‘Spring Back’ Revitalizes Postmodern Dance

Michelle Polyak, Staff Writer
April 11, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Dance

“Sometimes [Warner Main Space] feels like a big cathedral; other times I’ll lie on my back on the floor and look up into the rafters and it’s like we’re all in a big upside-down ark,” said College junior and Dance major Silvia Sheffield. The performance space has seen generations of dancers,... Read more »

On the Record: Adenike Sharpley on Dance, Feminism and the Demise of Hip-Hop

On the Record: Adenike Sharpley on Dance, Feminism and the Demise of Hip-Hop

Nora Kipnis, Arts Editor
March 7, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Dance, On the Record

This Friday and Saturday, Essence will present Queens Rule, a dance performance that tells the story of hip-hop music and dance, from its roots in West African beats, through its activist beginnings, to the genre’s current commercialization. The show is particularly aimed at questioning how... Read more »

Thrilling Performances and Choreography Elevate Senior Dance Concert

Thrilling Performances and Choreography Elevate Senior Dance Concert

Vida Weisblum
February 28, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Dance

The Senior Dance Concert this past Friday and Saturday in Warner Main was an absorbing representation of Oberlin’s Dance Department. Featuring choreography by two senior Dance majors, the show was a creative production that combined elements of partnering, aerial acrobatics and contact improvisation... Read more »

Student Dance Troupes Combine with Poetry and Song to Great Effect

Student Dance Troupes Combine with Poetry and Song to Great Effect

Anne Pride-Wilt, Staff Writer
December 13, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Dance

There’s nothing like good dance. Of course, there’s nothing like good poems or good music either, facts of which all-female hip-hop performance group And What!? seemed keenly aware with last Friday and Saturday’s Fall Showcase. The show neatly blended the three art forms, resulting in a mesmerizing... Read more »

Fischer Gallery Hosts Mixed Media Collision

Fischer Gallery Hosts Mixed Media Collision

Odette Chalandon
November 22, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, Recent Stories, Visual Art

Last Saturday, SoundFarm, the concert series for improvised music, and Exhibition Initiative, the student-run visual art curatorial group, collaborated to create Counterpoints, a musical and visual improvisational show. The event, which took place in the Fischer Gallery, consisted of four acts.... Read more »

Fall Forward Gets Experimental with Mixed Results

<i>Fall Forward</i> Gets Experimental with Mixed Results

Aria Dean
November 15, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Recent Stories

Fall Forward, Oberlin’s fall dance showcase which took place in Warner Main on Nov. 7–9, featured a number of Oberlin students performing pieces that drew from a wide array of styles, including ballet and contemporary dance. For the most part, the performances were tight and well-choreographed,... Read more »

Bill Callahan Serenades ’Sco

Chris Herndon
May 10, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Dance

In an early stop on his first tour since 2011, veteran folk crooner Bill Callahan brought his baritone to the Dionysus Disco on Saturday, May 4. After an opening performance by tap dancer Flat Foot, Callahan rambled through 11 songs with a mastery that could have only been honed over his two decades... Read more »

Spring Back Brings Talent and Wit

Sophia Bamert, Managing Editor
April 26, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Dance

This semester, Spring Back discovered its sense of humor, and that’s not to say that the dancing was taken any less seriously than usual. Under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Holly Handman-Lopez, the showcase of student choreography, which ran in the main space of Warner Center... Read more »

Sneak Preview: Awaken the Wild

Abby Hawkins , Arts Editor
April 26, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, Visual Art

Could you explain the theme “Awaken the Wild” a little bit more? It’s very nebulous right now. Eli Clark-Davis: We’re going for an “enchanted forest” sort of theme — monsters, fairies, all the craziest creatures you could ever imagine. Evan Baker: Definitely. Animals are a... Read more »

Innovative Senior Show Highlights Natural Connections

Sophia Bamert, Managing Editor
April 12, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Dance

Since their first year at Oberlin, College seniors Samantha Bergman and Nona Brown have been impressing audiences with their grace, agility and choreographic talent, on their own, in ensembles and as collaborators. Their senior show, What is it, then, between us?, which ran from April 5–6 in Warner... Read more »

Colors of Rhythm Celebrates Global Arts

Jarrett Hoffman, Staff Writer
April 12, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Dance

Celebrating diversity through performance art was the essence of Oberlin’s 17th annual Colors of Rhythm performance, held April 5 at Finney Chapel. The program was made up of 10 acts, each representing a different marginalized cultural group represented at Oberlin. In line with the history of CoR,... Read more »