The Oberlin Review

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...

Feature Photos: Student Dance Showcase

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor

April 24, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Dance

In the top photo, College senior Noa Fleischacker (left), College junior Luke Burns, College first-year Rachel Ford, College first-year Isabel Levey-Swain and College senior Silvia Sheffield work together to form an impromptu composition. In the bottom photo, aerialist and College sophomore Katharine Geber gracefully suspends herself during a breathtaking trapeze dance performance. The Showcase, held last Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. in Warner Main Space, included performances from a variety of student dance groups as well as student soloists. Among the night’s popular array of acts were the Rust Belt Rappers, Koreo and Vibe dance groups, whose high energy invigorated the crowd. College sophomore Leah Newman...

Collaborative Project to Connect Film, Sound

Collaborative Project to Connect Film, Sound

April 17, 2015

Wilder 115 bustled with creative energy last Sunday as College first-year Rebecca Winer, alongside College seniors and Film Co-op co-chairs Maxwell Kopelowicz and Patrick Gilfether, led a room of adamant musicians and filmmakers in “collab-a-fest,” a creative forum for the second installation of music, videos. Winer’s creative brainchild, music, videos is a three-way collaboration between the Oberlin Film Co-op, WOBC-FM and Live from Studio B aimed at encouraging musicians and filmmakers of...

Feature Photo: Spring Back

Feature Photo: Spring Back

April 17, 2015

Dancers Leah Newman, College sophomore, Alana Reibstein, College junior, and Jesse Wiener, College senior, slide across Warner Main’s beloved wooden floor while emitting tired sighs in a stunning dance choreographed by College senior Ellen Askonas. Her piece, a bright highlight of the program, appeared in Spring Back, the spring companion to the Fall Forward show. The performances took place last Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Spring Back featured a sound selection of contemporary ...

Harry and the Potters Give Magical Performance

Julia Davis, Staff Writer

April 17, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Dance

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

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music

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...

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