The Oberlin Review

Consignment Store All Things Great Opens Downtown

Consignment Store All Things Great Opens Downtown

May 11, 2018

All Things Great, a consignment and vintage store, will open tomorrow on Main Street in the location formerly occupied by Ade’s Place. Co-owners Laurel Kirtz and Kate Harvey hope that the store will help students and community members repurpose their unwanted items and reduce waste, while acting as an outlet for the community — especially for artists. “I hope to reduce trash because I know that the students throw a lot of stuff away, and they don’t want to, but they don’t really have a l...

Semi-professional dance group Dance Diaspora will perform “Black Love: The Incarceration of the Spirit” this weekend, their last show before founder Adenike Sharpley’s retirement.

Sharpley’s Retirement Leaves Dance Diaspora’s Future Uncertain

March 3, 2017

“Black Love: The Incarceration of the Spirit,” Dance Diaspora’s last performance at Oberlin with its original founder, will be held at Warner Main Space today and tomorrow from 8–10 p.m. A semi-professional dance group founded by Africana Studies Artist-in- Residence Adenike Sharpley, Dance Diaspora has performed at elementary schools, high schools, Tufts University, Georgia State University and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The group performs repertoire an...

Conservatory jazz musicians and alumni play Horace Silver compositions to accompany Dance Diaspora’s performance. The show paid tribute to victims and survivors of recent police brutality and illustrated how jazz and vernacular dance serve as means of empowerment.

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...

‘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...

Essence and Dance Diaspora members rehearse an energetic moment from dance performance Queens Rule, which will play this Friday and Saturday in Warner Main Space. From left, performers are College sophomore Donnay Edmund, College senior Koryn Lockett, College sophomore Mark Sikorski, College junior Aldrumesia Baker, College junior Kara Mahon, guest dancer Tiachelle “Ty” Clifford, College junior Gifty Dominah and College sophomore Sophie Umazi Mvurya.

On the Record: Adenike Sharpley on Dance, Feminism and the Demise of Hip-Hop

March 7, 2014

This Friday and Saturday, Essence will present Queens Rule, a dance performance that tells the story of hip-hop music and dance, from its roots in West African beats, through its activist beginnings, to the genre’s current commercialization. The show is particularly aimed at questioning how women’s bodies are portrayed in hip-hop, and how this objectification came about in a genre that at first was aimed at breaking down binaries of power and privilege. Adenike Sharpley, an artist in residence...

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