The Oberlin Review

On the Record: Brenda Way, ODC Founder

October 30, 2015

The dance company ODC/San Francisco, formerly Oberlin Dance Collective, will return to its Oberlin roots for a performance and panel discussion with the Dance department on Nov. 4. The Review spoke with Brenda Way, OC ’66, who helped found the group in 1971 and continues to work as its artistic director today. Way touched on everything from her experiences teaching at Oberlin to the central values of ODC/San Francisco. What does collective mean to you? It means many specific things. It mea...

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...

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 ...

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...

Render to Portray Apocalyptic Theory through Dance

Mohit Dubey

February 13, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Dance

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...

Solarity Aims for Organizational Accessibility

Solarity Aims for Organizational Accessibility

October 10, 2014

In response to a recent increase in membership, the student leaders of Solarity, an organization that strives to unify the student body through large-scale music and dance productions, have made a number of structural and aspirational changes to their organization. Solarity’s co-chairs, College seniors McKenzie Smith and Juliana Ruoff and College junior Ben Lebovic, hope that these changes, which include the division of labor among a larger number of student members, will improve the...

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