The Oberlin Review

Double-degree junior Kirk Pearson (left) and College first-year Steven Levin engage in a lively conversation at the “collab-a-fest,” hosted by music, videos last Sunday. A joint effort by Studio B, WOBC and the Oberlin Film Co-op, music, videos will screen its final products at Mudd library later this semester.

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

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,”...

College sophomore Cassie Brown (left), Tiachelle Clifford (center back) and College senior Gifty Dominah (right) shimmer under blue lights as they en- circle College senior Kara Mahon during her senior dance show. Mahon’s show, titled “Crossing Rivers: The Love of Afrikete,” combined traditional African movement with contemporary choreography to express deeply personal themes.

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...

Rapper sword dancers perform during the Student Dance Showcase in a jam-packed lineup of diverse perfor- mances. Founded by Hayley Larson, OC ’14, in 2012, the showcase has made a vast assortment of dance forms accessible to choreographers, dancers and audiences.

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...

College senior Jesse Weiner’s artful “Jimi To Nami” seamlessly blended traditional taiko music and striking lines. The dancers’ technical skill and the musicians’ precision were equally compel- ling in Fall Forward’s final performance.

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...

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