The Oberlin Review

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...

Oberlin Inter-Arts Program of ’70s Created Collaborative Environment

Alana Reibstein and Zoe Martens

November 6, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features

In the 1970s, anti-war protests inspired a surge of change and a call for action at Oberlin College. Under President Robert Fuller’s leadership, the Inter-Arts Program emerged, a program committed to approaching artistic creation and performance through multiple mediums. The program’s mission statement reads, “We seek to probe that which is unknown and see the familiar in a new way…” stressing the program’s commitment to reimagining the ways we conceptualize art. In 1972, former Oberlin Dance Professor and founder of the Oberlin Dance Collective Brenda Way established a home for Inter-Arts at Oberlin. She re-envisioned the Warner Gymnasium as a spacious and light-filled arena for artists to share their...

Seniors Combine Dance, Music, Electronics for Joint Performance Piece

Mary Fischer

November 6, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music

With their piece append, double-degree senior Christy Rose and College senior Molly Barger proved on Saturday that exceptional work is created when artists work together to cross boundaries and defy expectations. The performance served as both Rose’s junior TIMARA recital and Barger’s senior Dance project. Marked by mostly ensemble-based choreographies and a wide variety of acrobatic elements, this 30-minute investigation of human relationships and the role of technology was relatable and immersive. The show consisted of five different sections, each focusing on different choreographic and musical elements related to the title themes: interaction, connection, distraction, construction and consumption. A collaborative spiri...

On the Record: Brenda Way, ODC Founder

October 30, 2015

The dance company ODC/San Francisco, formerly Oberlin Dance Collective, will return to its Oberlin roots for a performance and panel discussion with the Dance department on Nov. 4. The Review spoke with Brenda Way, OC ’66, who helped found the group in 1971 and continues to work as its artistic director today. Way touched on everything from her experiences teaching at Oberlin to the central values of ODC/San Francisco. What does collective mean to you? It means many specific things. It mea...

Dance Diaspora Perform to Horace Silver

Dance Diaspora Perform to Horace Silver

October 9, 2015

During Alumni Reunion Weekend, Dance Diaspora performers and jazz musicians showed off their creative skills with their performance of Horace Silver: Song For My Father & Other Matters Pertaining to the Heart. Alumni Kevin Louis, OC ’99, on trumpet, Shea Pierre, OC ’14, on piano, Josh Moton, OC ’13, on cello and Malachi Thomas, OC ’14, on tenor sax returned to Oberlin to play Horace Silver’s music alongside current students of Oberlin’s Jazz department. Horace Silver, a renowned jazz pia...

Nino de los Reyes Captivates Audience

Nino de los Reyes Captivates Audience

October 2, 2015

An eager stream of students and faculty poured into Clonick Hall in the Kohl Building last Sunday evening. Those anticipating the crowd arrived well before 6 p.m. Anyone who came on time or late squeezed into the intimate hall’s corners and onto the floor to catch an earful and a glimpse of a world-renowned contemporary flamenco troupe. Nino de los Reyes is recognized internationally for his innovative dance style, which combines traditional flamenco and other modern and jazz elements. He performed...

Transnational Classes Unify Dance Department

Transnational Classes Unify Dance Department

September 25, 2015

The creaky floorboards of Warner Center’s first-floor hallway rarely respond to the fresh footsteps of a new Dance professor on their way to inhabit a vacated desk. But this year, Dance Department Chair Ann Cooper Albright welcomed Associate Dance Professor Alysia Ramos as a new addition to the department. “[Ramos’s arrival marks] the beginning of a new generation of dance faculty in the tenure track line,” Albright said. Ramos was hired for the first tenure track position availab...

ODC to Highlight Feminist Themes in Only Way

ODC to Highlight Feminist Themes in Only Way

May 1, 2015

This Friday and Saturday evening, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Holly Handman-Lopez, Lisa Yanofsky, OC ’13, and Visiting Instructor in Dance Bobby Wesner will present Oberlin Dance Company in The Only Way, inspired by the suffragettes of the 1920s. The production will showcase live music by members of the Oberlin Percussion Group along with a soundscape by sound designer and Visiting TIMARA Professor Joo Won Park, and will also incorporate text and song. Handman-Lopez, a beloved member o...

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