The Oberlin Review

Guggenheim Award Latest Step in Albright’s Storied Career

Kate Fishman, Arts & Culture Editor

May 10, 2019

If you saw this year’s Spring Back performance or have attended a Contact Improvisation jam — either the weekly events or last Sunday’s special 12-hour jam — chances are you have encountered Professor and Chair of Dance Ann Cooper Albright.  On April 9 of this year, Albright was awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, one of the most prestigious grants possible for work in the arts. There are typically over 3,000 applicants for the award every year, whose work is then reviewed by peers in their field. Albright was one of 168 candidates selected to receive a grant in 2019.  The Guggenheim rewards careers that exhibit thoughtful and impressive trajectories, with a look to f...

Ohio 5 Dance Conference Returns to Oberlin, Builds Community

Ohio 5 Dance Conference Returns to Oberlin, Builds Community

March 1, 2019

Now in its sixth year, the annual Ohio 5 Dance Conference returned to Oberlin last Saturday for the first time since its inception. The event, which 78 people attended, brought together dance students and faculty from the Five Colleges of Ohio, a consortium of liberal arts schools that includes Kenyon College, Denison University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster. The conference has proven to be an invaluable opportunity for faculty and staff to share their knowledge and form a...

Oberlin Dance Department Celebrates its Ranking Among Nation’s Top 25 Programs

Oberlin Dance Department Celebrates its Ranking Among Nation’s Top 25 Programs

October 5, 2018

In my junior year of high school, my lifelong dance teacher told me that she hoped there was a strong dance program wherever I chose to go to college, because she was sure I would miss it. I nodded politely, sure she was wrong. During my college search, I barely considered dance — and yet, I spent much of my first semester at Oberlin rapturously watching dance, writing about dance, and fangirling over the pieces being created here and the amazing dancers doing the creating. When I began to...

Varsity Contact Class Highlights Improv Dance in “One Breath”

Kate Fishman, Staff Writer

May 4, 2018

Amidst Monday’s rehearsal for Oberlin Dance Company’s upcoming show, College sophomore Georgie Johnson ran up to College junior Gabrielle Ment. Both made a show of a common exercise for starting out lifts in contact improvisation — breathing the arms up and then sweeping them down for momentum — before Johnson launched onto Ment’s shoulders and spiraled in the air, lifted by her partner, spreading her limbs wide and grinning even wider. They spun like a human top. Smiles like that are one striking aspect of the Varsity Contact class performance in “One Breath: An Evening of Stillness and Motion.” It makes sense that this would punctuate the practice — contact is wordless, while also completely improvise...

Internet Activism Can Flourish Without Trauma

Andy Goelzer, Contributing Writer

May 6, 2016

About two weeks ago I published a blog entry on my website, GQzine, called “Dear Diary, Humiliation, Grief, and a Call to Action.” I wrote about an experience I had at a meeting about privilege and oppression in the Oberlin Dance department because I felt I had the right to publicly share my point of view of an event that made me feel unsafe. Here is an excerpt from the original post: “I brought up that as a trans person I have personally felt excluded from the dance department’s programs that work with the Oberlin community, Girls in Motion and Boys in Motion. The [chair] of the dance department, [Professor of Dance] Ann [Cooper Albright], told me that I was welcome to join either of the groups, and when...

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