The Oberlin Review

Haydée Souffrant Reinvigorates with Senior Dance Show To Say the Words, to Speak the Truth

Claire Petras

March 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Dance

Equal parts performance art, spectacular drumming, traditional Guinean dancing, singing and spoken word, College senior Haydée Souffrant’s senior show addressed her personal struggle to navigate her relationship with her familial history. To Say the Words, to Speak the Truth; Following the Soun...

“Translucidity” Envisions a Clean, Sharp and Concise Photo-Universe

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

March 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

According to the Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries, “Translucidity,” the title of College seniors Caroline Casey and Skylar Sweetman’s Senior Studio collaboration, is not a real word. In the absence of a dictionary-sanctioned definition for the word, a more accurate — but significantly...

Talented Cast Conquers Updated Mozart Opera La Clemenza di Tito

Meghan Farnsworth

March 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Darkness surrounded Hall Auditorium as a head bopped into view in the middle of the orchestra pit. The head belonged to guest conductor Niels Muus, who established a commanding yet amiable persona from the very beginning of the overture. Right after the orchestra finished, the curtain lifted and luminescent,...

Contemporary Music Ensemble Attracts New Fans

Sonia Wurzel, Staff Writer

March 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

One of the best things about coming to Oberlin as an Arts and Sciences student is the opportunity to take advantage of the Conservatory. Not only does the Conservatory give students the chance to take secondary lessons, it also provides the opportunity to hear genres of music that they might not have...

Grammy Winner Spalding Delivers Pristine Performance in Finney Chapel

Dan Stein

March 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Last Wednesday, jazz singer/bassist and Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding treated Oberlin to a concert with her band, the Chamber Music Society, at Finney Chapel. The night was mostly comprised of songs from Spalding’s new album Chamber Music Society, an eclectic, classically-influenced record t...

You and Me and Me and You Delicately Considers Identity Politics

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

March 15, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In the 1980s and ’90s, the art world supported art that addressed the issues of race, ethnicity and gender. The artists involved struggled to find success with work that wasn’t about identity politics. Rikrit Tiravanija, in a gallery opening, brilliantly satirized the largely white gallery worl...

Artist Roni Horn Displays Multiple Personalities During Visit to Oberlin

Artist Roni Horn Displays Multiple Personalities During Visit to Oberlin

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Features, Visual Art

“Which Roni Horn do you want to talk to?” visiting artist Roni Horn asked a packed classroom in the Art Building before opening up a question-and-answer session. “There are many of them.” This bold, yet strikingly honest statement was characteristic of the way the artist addressed eager students...

Firecracker MC Young Unique Sets Sparks in ‘Sco

Linus Ignatius

March 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Last Friday, March 4, brought a much-anticipated act to the ’Sco: the young, firecracker emcee Dominique Young Unique. Spitting rhymes sharp as daggers in her baby-doll voice to a densely packed crowd, the Tampa Bay rapper practically transformed the space into a city nightclub, turning the Dionysus...

This Is Our Youth: Little Theater Mounts Cynical Portrait of College Student Malaise

This Is Our Youth: Little Theater Mounts Cynical Portrait of College Student Malaise

Moze Halperin, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth is a serious play about three characters whose lives are serious jokes. The synopsis reads like a tale on the brink of tragedy: Set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Youth tells the story of the privileged adolescent boy Warren (played by College senior Josh Silve...

Guatemalan Art Exhibit Visually Stunning, Politically Charged

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Anyone who has strolled into Mudd Library since last Sunday cannot have helped but notice “La Mujer Maya: Contemporary Indigenous Art from Guatemala,” the aesthetically vibrant and politically charged exhibition co-curated by College sophomores Kenny Ludlow and Britt Higgins. With two cross-sectioned partitio...

Senior Studio Review: Singer and Kelly’s “Supernatural” Super Awesome

Senior Studio Review: Singer and Kelly’s “Supernatural” Super Awesome

Jimmy Hagan

March 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film, Visual Art

Supernatural, the duo Senior Studio Show by Calder Singer and Mary Kate Kelly, unfolded like a delicate boxing match. Upon first impression, their work read like a battle between the ethereal versus physical, glamorous versus earthen, timeless versus fleeting. Could we even say hipster versus hippie? ...

Britney vs. J.Lo: Washed Up Divas Duel for Pop Spotlight

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Britney Ke$ha deserves her due for writing Britney’s amazing new single “Till The World Ends,” which leaked online last Wednesday. From the ethereal, uplifting bridge to the wordless, euphorically chanting chorus, the new Britney single is destined to be the summer anthem of 2011. That’s r...

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