The Oberlin Review

Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana Cara, Amanda Dargan, and Steve Zeitlin.

Ana Cara, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Amanda Dargan, Steve Zeitlin, “In the Moment” Co-directors

November 15, 2019

 Steve Zeitlin and Amanda Dargan directed In the Moment: Poetry Duels and Improvisations from Around the World, a documentary film that screened on campus last Tuesday. Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana Cara sponsored the screening. The film, spanning a 20-year body of work, explores different histories and traditions of poetic improvisation around the world. All three have Ph.D.s in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. Zeitlin and Dargan are the respective Founding Director and Education P...

Fairchild Chapel Welcomes Cellist, Composer, Teacher Tomeka Reid

Chloe Falkenheim

April 20, 2018

Tomeka Reid is a Chicago-based jazz cellist whose improvisatory style sits between — and beyond — jazz and classical music. With her debut album Tomeka Reid Quartet available from Thirsty Ear Recordings, she displays her trademark penchant for novelly introducing the cello into musical spaces where the instrument is not typically featured. The quartet, featuring Reid on cello, Jason Roebke on bass, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums, will take the stage in Fairchild Chapel at 8 p.m. tonight. The Foster/Bennett Duo, a saxophone and percussion duo from New York, will open the show. “Everyone in that group is just such a sick musician, improvisor, and composer,” College senior Danilo Powell-Lima, an ...

OINC Showcases Unconventional Improv Performance

Russell Jaffe, Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

When I went to attend the Oberlin Improvisation and New Music Collective’s latest performance at the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space on Wednesday night, I had no idea what to expect. I had never seen the OINC before, and when I thought of improv shows, I imagined fast-paced jokes on a dimly-lit stage or silly songs composed on the fly — the sorts of things that friends sometimes do together when everyone is bored and has had a little too much to drink. The OINC’s performance was unlike anything I had imagined. The show consisted of two main acts. The first improvisation was carried out by two musicians, who used synthesizers to engineer a variety of innovative sounds together. These were not songs ...

College sophomore Keenen Willis gives a bitingly witty theatrical performance at the Cat in the Cream alongside Kid Business, Oberlin’s only short-form improv troupe. Despite its established presence on campus, Kid Business depended on a handful of
performers to keep its skits lively after the improv ExCo group stole the show.

Kid Business Struggles to Keep Up with ExCo Cast

December 12, 2014

Last Saturday night at the Cat in the Cream, members of the short-form improvisational comedy troupe Kid Business struggled to achieve the same level of humor as the up-and-coming talent of the 2014 improv ExCo class. Shortform improv requires audience input to guide the direction of each short improv game. Audience members seemed to revel in their ability to influence the direction of each improv game; each time the audience was given the green light, loud cries for different character roles or...

A group of actors congregate in a round robin for an informal, spontaneous performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. College sophomores Jay Shapiro and Chris Puglisi organized the experimental outdoor reading that took place Saturday.

Students Organize Informal Shakespeare Performance

October 3, 2014

An exciting experiment in directing and acting occurred on Saturday when students met in Wilder Bowl for an open reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. College sophomores Jay Shapiro and Chris Puglisi proposed to direct a version of the Shakespeare play that was audition and rehearsal-free, with a single time commitment at the conclusion of last semester. According to Shapiro, the two directors were inspired by writer and director Joss Whedon, who would host brunches with his...

Students and Faculty Join for Jam Session

Ava Bravata-Keating

April 4, 2014

The ’Sco served as an experimental music mecca last Monday, attracting TIMARA majors, sound technicians and programmers alike for an improvised electroacoustic showcase. College senior Adam Hirsch, Conservatory senior Charles Glanders and doubledegree senior Devin Frenze of the experimental audiovisual ensemble Wisseler opened the show on saxophone, turntables and visuals, respectively. Their music and visuals were expertly coordinated and built symbiotically to a climax. The jam’s visual component began with slowly moving black and white forms that thematically mimicked the saxophone’s spacey sounds. Gradually, light blues overtook the black and white, followed by a rapid, multicolor potpourri of asymmetrical...

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