The Oberlin Review

Flaharty’s Spring Awakening Ethereal, Relevant

Brendan Eprile, Staff Writer

December 9, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, Theater & Film

The Oberlin College Theater Department presented a stunning and poignant rendition of Spring Awakening over the weekend. The musical is an exploration of the emotional turmoil of teenage sexuality, love and angst. Despite its late 19th-century setting, several of the themes it addresses — such as abortion, sexual and domestic violence, depression and suicide — remain highly relevant to today’s social and political discourse. While the societal climate surrounding many of these issues has shifted drastically over the last century, the narrative still speaks to the persistence of violence and repression today and serves as a reminder of just how far from solved these issues are. The story’s emotional impact was enhance...

Complex Questions Drive Choreography at Intimate Fall Forward

Vida Weisblum, Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Dance

Last night commenced Fall Forward, the Dance department’s premiere production that takes place every November. In past iterations, Fall Forward has boasted lengthy setlists with large group pieces, but this year, under Professor Carter McAdams’ direction, the show will include smaller works by just seven choreographers and will run for two consecutive nights rather than the typical three. Despite its shorter runtime compared to past shows — 45 minutes without intermission — the presented material will showcase an extensive breadth of styles composed by a talented roster of artists, with performances tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. “Last year, many of Oberlin’s student dancers and choreographers graduated, a...

Halloween Burlesque Treats Audience, Bodies with Respect

Julia Peterson, Production Editor

November 4, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Theater & Film

The Oberlin Burlesque Halloween-themed performance was a treat — quite literally, since the show opened with the audience being pelted by candy. The team took the stage in front of a packed ’Sco at 10 p.m. Monday to deliver a performance that both capitalized on the evening’s spooky theme and celebrated the multiplicity of body expression. According to College junior Russell Jaffe, who danced in Monday’s show, the variety of acts on display is at the core of burlesque. “I’d say that [burlesque is] a seductive dance in a really specific art style that’s one part cabaret, two parts seduction, a dash of variance and maybe a ... touch of stripping,” Jaffe said. College sophomore Katya Bouazza-Salva, who...

Feature Photo: Bulgarika

Feature Photo: Bulgarika

September 30, 2016

The trans-Atlantic band Bulgarika played at the ’Sco Monday afternoon, led by New York-based husband and wife Nikolay and Donka Koley, versed in the gadulka and vocals respectively. Both graduates of Bulgarian conservatories, the pair performed alongside band members Temelko Ivanoy (kaval) and Kikolay Kodzhabashey (tambura) from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, delivering unique tempos and line dancing music.

Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

September 23, 2016

A giant fish paraded through the center of town, floated down the river and set on fire barely scratches the surface of the display at the second annual FireFish festival, which took place last Saturday. The city of Lorain’s downtown and boardwalk areas were transformed into thoroughfares of public art, with almost every storefront, alley and doorway becoming a display or performance space. The festival lasted from early afternoon until well after dark, ending despite the rain with the much-anti...

It Takes Two to Tango

Brendan Eprile

September 9, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Dance

Oberlin is home to a variety of dance scenes from contra to swing, but one style has been conspicuously missing — the tango. On Tuesday, Oberlin College began offering tango lessons at Spanish house, taught by two professional instructors who share a deep history with the art form. Instructor Micaela Barrett teaches classes through the Cleveland Tango School. Launched in 2015, the school describes itself as “a cultural organization dedicated to preserving the beauty, codes and traditions of Argentine Tango in the Greater Cleveland area.” Barrett hopes to foster a vibrant tango community in the area as well as inspire a new generation of dancers. Barrett started out swing dancing as a teenager in New York City,...

Feature Photo: Terra Incognita

Feature Photo: Terra Incognita

May 6, 2016

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...

Feature Photo: Dandelion Romp

Feature Photo: Dandelion Romp

April 29, 2016

College first-year Adam Work, Conservatory first-year Daphne Pickens and College senior Arthur Davis of the group Wallaby Darned play a lively tune for dancers at Hales Gymnasium. The 17th annual Dandelion Romp contra dance festival kicked off Friday with a workshop for beginners. Providing blistering renditions of contra tunes was also the Boston-based band Nor’easter, comprised of Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Max Newman on mandolin and guitar and Julie Vallimont on piano and accordion. The Anadama...

On the Record with Ana Garcia, Breakdancer

Kiana Mickles

April 29, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, On the Record

Ana “Rokafella” Garcia is a B-girl who fell in love with breakdancing in the 1990s and danced with hip-hop crews such as the Transformers, the Breeze Team and the New York Float Committee. She co-founded Full Circle Productions with her husband and fellow breaker Kwikstep, where they teach young dancers and provide the community with educational performances. Rokafella came to Oberlin to teach the community some of her moves and discuss her documentary All the Ladies Say. This week, the Oberlin Review sat down with her to talk about her career, future projects, hip-hop and solidarity with other B-girls. Is this your first time coming to Oberlin? What drew you from NYC to campus? [Assistant Professor of Dance] Alysia [Ramos] asked if...

Student Dance Showcase Features Ballet, Breakdancing, Latin

Student Dance Showcase Features Ballet, Breakdancing, Latin

April 22, 2016

The Student Dance Showcase held in Warner Main Space last Friday and Saturday featured a variety of acts ranging from tap to break dancing to the adorable moves of the TY Squad. College sophomores Lola Gatti and Isabel Levey-Swain co-directed the show this semester after serving as assistant directors under College senior Alana Reibstein last fall. Given the incredible talent that the performers brought to the showcase, the directors’ main task was organizing the performances to create a show that...

Feature Photo: “Thanks for Coming”

Feature Photo: “Thanks for Coming”

February 19, 2016

College sophomores Kyla Van Gelder, Isabel Levey-Swain, Lola Gatti and College first-year Sophia Attebery perform in College senior Alana Reibstein’s senior dance recital piece, “Thanks for Coming,” in Warner Main Space Friday and Saturday. The piece focused on how women struggle to find their voices within a patriarchal society. A male voice directed the performance by commanding the eight women dancers to perform absurd actions, a commentary on the unreasonable societal expectations placed...

ODC Builds Imaginitive Spaces for Dance

Molly Gorin and Sam Ferguson

November 6, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features

Art needs space. Never was this clearer than in 1971, when aspiring Oberlin Dance majors petitioned the administration for the use of Warner Main, at the time, an underused gymnasium. The Dance department was coming into the academic world, and the developing department needed faculty, dance studios and administrative support. It grew as part of the College’s new Inter-Arts program, a platform for artists from different mediums to meet and collaborate. At this time, Oberlin Dance Collective emerged, founded by Brenda Way and a group of enthusiastic students. Throughout the troupe’s development, Oberlin Dance Collective has grown from its roots in Inter-Arts and the early 1970s Dance department and maintained the s...

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