The Oberlin Review

Harry and the Potters Give Magical Performance

Julia Davis, Staff Writer

April 17, 2015

Wizard rock band Harry and the Potters gave an enchanting performance last Tuesday night at the ’Sco. The band consists of brothers Joe and Paul DeGeorge on the keyboard and guitar, respectively, and a drummer who was solely referred to as “The Ghost of Cedric Diggory.” The drummer’s true identity is still uncertain; the band is always changing drummers. The DeGeorge brothers formed the band — and pioneered the entire wizard rock genre — in 2002 after a backyard concert gone awry, in which none of the bands they asked to play showed up. To save the show, the brothers quickly wrote seven Harry Potter-themed songs, donned Harry Potter costumes and played to the remaining audience. Six of those seven songs ended...

Feature Photo: Falling Up

Feature Photo: Falling Up

April 10, 2015

College first-year Anika Lindsay gracefully suspends herself during an aerial performance at Hales Gymnasium last Sunday, April 5. The show, hosted by Oberlin College Aerialists, was titled “Falling Up” and featured a variety of aerial silk acts inspired by American poet Shel Silverstein’s iconic children’s poems. Best known for his collections Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up, Silverstein proved a charming source of inspiration for the aerialists’ daring routines.

Colors of Rhythm Brings Passion, Solidarity to Finney Chapel

Annelise Giseburt, Production Manager

April 10, 2015

Yesterday evening, Finney Chapel was filled by Colors of Rhythm, marking the show’s 19th consecutive year. The event, which, according to the its mission statement, began as “constructive protest for the visibility, recognition and celebration of certain cultural dance forms and other art forms that aren’t recognized by the mainstream culture and academics on campus,” continues to be a space to celebrate and honor the multitude of cultures, art forms and performers in the community. “We encourage all those involved to recognize how systems of inequality and oppression work to perpetuate racial and cultural invisibility and appropriation and to acknowledge the agency and power that this event stands for,”...

Mahon Uses Choreography to Share Healing Proc‘ess in ‘Crossing Rivers’

Mahon Uses Choreography to Share Healing Proc‘ess in ‘Crossing Rivers’

March 13, 2015

College senior and Africana Studies major Kara Mahon’s honors dance show, “Crossing Rivers: The Love of Afrekete,” gleaned inspiration from African-derived ritual practices and spiritual worship to represent her healing following sexual abuse. The event, which took place in Warner Main Space last Friday and Saturday, got its title from a saying that her mother and other family members from the South have about “conquering personal demon[s],” according to Mahon. As such, the idea of cleansing...

Feature Photo: Capoeira Angola Retreat

Feature Photo: Capoeira Angola Retreat

February 27, 2015

Participants engage in Capoeira Angola games during a workshop last weekend at a “roda” in South Studios. South and Lord-Saunders residencies cohosted a three-day-long retreat centering on the Afro-Brazilian art form, Capoeira, complete with educational workshops, games, training sessions and group discussions. The public event, organized by Oberlin Capoeira Angola, garnered past and present Capoeira students to engage with the dance and cultural elements of the practice. According to the OCA...

Render to Portray Apocalyptic Theory through Dance

Mohit Dubey

February 13, 2015

Render, a senior dance concert, will include multimedia forms in its exploration of everything from humankind’s growing reliance on technology to the final demise of the universe. The show will shed light on concepts of permanence and impermanence through artistic experimentation this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Created by College senior Miryam Coppersmith, who is majoring in Dance and Creative Writing, Render is set to center on the scientific theory of the universe’s “heat death.” This theory predicts the eventual end of the universe through constantly increasing entropy. College first-year Savannah Crespo, a dancer in the show, said that Render’s cast will “[take] analytical scientific concepts and tu...

SIC Burlesque Show Features Mix of Traditional Performances, Emerging Acts

Tristan Cimini, Staff Writer

December 5, 2014

On Tuesday night, the Sexual Information Center turned the ’Sco into a burlesque club. All proceeds benefited Preterm, a clinic that provides compassionate abortion care in Cleveland. Each ticket purchase bought guests unlimited drinks and a raffle ticket for prizes, such as a box of Awake N’ Bake cookies and “the ultimate slumber party kit,” which included glow sticks, temporary tattoos, glitter and more. Sexual health trivia in between sets offered the audience a chance to win candy bars and M&Ms. College seniors Juli Ruoff and Sarah MacFadden were the event’s lively and entertaining hosts. College sophomore Annika Hansteen Izora started off the evening by taking the stage to share an emotionally relatable...

Sheffield, Reibstein Continue Larson’s Vision of Dance Inclusivity

Sheffield, Reibstein Continue Larson’s Vision of Dance Inclusivity

November 21, 2014

Though the Student Dance Showcase is only two years old, the free dance show held each semester in Warner Main already feels like a fundamental part of the department’s annual listing of events. With the addition of the showcase, the department began a student-run plan in making a more inclusive range of dance accessible to a wider audience. This year’s event, which took place last Friday and Saturday evenings was exactly what Hayley Larson, OC ’14, envisioned when she first started the...

Fall Forward Loses Quirkiness, Gains Cohesion

Fall Forward Loses Quirkiness, Gains Cohesion

November 14, 2014

Oberlin’s annual Fall Forward dance show is reputed as a spectacular display of the diverse range of movement and innovation within the Dance department; this year’s performance was no exception. Performances of Fall Forward ran last Friday and Saturday evenings in Warner’s historic main space and featured a variety of works composed and performed primarily by Dance majors and minors. Though this year’s show lacked some of the quirkiness of previous dance showcases, the lineup proved cohesive...

‘My Miles’ to Marry Jazz Standards, African-American Dance

Liam McLean, Staff Writer

October 10, 2014

Though he says he is no longer religious, trumpet player Kevin Louis, OC ’99, cannot help but liken the upcoming Dance Diaspora concert, “My Miles: My Lullaby in Retrospect,” to the experience of going to church. The New Orleans native, who has produced more than 10 recordings since 1997 and embarked on multiple international tours, will perform alongside other alumni and student musicians and the Dance Diaspora troupe in Warner Main Space at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. The show will feature the music of jazz legend Miles Davis alongside vernacular African-American jazz dance. Professor Adenike Sharpley, artist-in-residence in the Africana Studies department and Dance Diaspora’s director, established the...

Aerialists Finish with a Bang in ‘Up In Smoke’

Aerialists Finish with a Bang in ‘Up In Smoke’

May 9, 2014

“Don’t light things on fire, kids,” College senior and director of the event Samantha Karpinski said, waving to the crowd — as if anyone would take her advice after watching her fearlessly twirl, swallow and spit flames just seconds before. This was the trend last Friday and Saturday night just after sundown as the Oberlin College Aerialists lit up the tennis courts with their circus caricatures, physical prowess, artistry and, yes, real fire. The crowd couldn’t get enough of Up In Smo...

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