The Oberlin Review

Competition, Athleticism, or Something Else Entirely: What Makes A Sport?

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

September 20, 2019

 Across the globe, people are playing, watching, and interacting with sports on a daily basis. Most children are put on a sports team from an early age and, for some, that initial love of sports never fades. However, despite the fact that sports as a concept is an integral part of society, both at Oberlin and in the world, there is still no general consensus about what a sport really is. There is the mainstream list that includes football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and a few others that are legitimized as sports by the presence of high-profile major leagues and million-dollar television deals at the collegiate and professional levels.  However, a larger portion of potential “sports” exist on the outskirts of the conversation...

OCircus Welcomes Spring Season

OCircus Welcomes Spring Season

April 12, 2019

College seniors Teague Harvey and Solomon La Piana, along with College junior Marika Mortimer-Lotke and College sophomore Lydia Finkel, practice the acrobatics that make OCircus one of the most memorable clubs on campus. In light of the recent rise in temperature, OCircus has ventured outside to practice their routines in grassy areas like Wilder Bowl, Tappan Square, and Harkness Bowl. For Oberlin students, OCircus is often a signifier that spring — with its warm weather and brighter...

Acrobatic Conundrum Soars OCircus! to New Heights

Teague Harvey

November 9, 2018

In 2004, Terry Crane graduated from Oberlin College with a Dance and Environmental Studies major. The following year, he auditioned at École nationale de cirque in Montreal — which is arguably the most famous circus school in the world. He went on to lead a very successful solo aerial rope career, touring with various circuses around Europe, before settling back home in Seattle to found his own circus company, Acrobatic Conundrum. In 2007–2008, after Terry had graduated, OCircus! was founded by an adventurous group of students, and soon Oberlin became known for the club. In the past week alone, I’ve been put in touch with two prospies who wanted to talk about it. Even though OCircus! came after Terry’s...

BiLi the Mime performs the ubiquitous “wall trick” for a small group of students. As a guest of the Theater department, BiLi followed his Friday performance with a master class on the fundamentals of miming the following day.

OSTA, OCircus Present First Mime Workshops

September 26, 2014

For the first time in Oberlin’s history, students are introducing the art of mime as a branch of the Theater department. Last Friday, Sept. 19, the artist BiLi the Mime lectured and performed at Hales Gymnasium to promote the legitimization of mime as an art form. BiLi followed up Friday’s festivities with a master class on Saturday morning about the fundamentals of miming. College sophomore Amanda Siskind, co-chair of the Oberlin Student Theater Association and treasurer of OCircus, was the...

Seniors Karellyn Holston (top) and Sam Karpinski perform an aerial silks act at OCircus!’s show 'King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub,' which took place at Philips gym last Friday and Saturday nights. The show attracted a large crowd of students and Oberlin families.

OCircus!’s ‘King Bidgood’ Delights All Ages

April 18, 2014

Whenever the page in the OCircus! production of King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub yelled, “Help! King Bidgood’s in the bathtub and he won’t get out!” audience members in Philips gym last weekend knew they were in for another great, highly entertaining act. The plot of King Bidgood is simple: a childish king has gotten in the bathtub and refuses to get out, prompting the royal page to call for help. Each and every time, a different group heeds the request and attempts to entertain the king o...

OCircus! Fall Show Delivers Stellar Performance

Adiel Kaplan, Staff Writer

December 14, 2012

As the lights dimmed, the low rumble of a didgeridoo announced the start of another acrobatic spectacle. Audience members at OCircus!’s “Special Collections: A Haunted Cabaret” oohed, ahhed and laughed throughout the show, guided between acts by Narcissus (College senior Sarp Yavuz), a flamboyant Greek statue come to life out of an old book left open in a forgotten corner of Mudd Library. The beginning of each act was announced by one long note from a didgeridoo played by a skeleton (College first-year Chris Bell). This year’s show heavily featured tumbling and partner acrobatics, as well as some excellent clowning, glow poi, magic, contortion, hoop and burlesque. It showcased a large variety of talent...

OCircus performers stunned audiences with their gravity-defying acrobatics and audacious aerial skills.

OCircus! Leaps Back to the Future with Time Travel Show

May 6, 2011

ountless children have dreamed of running away to the circus, but what about time traveling away? Last weekend, College first-years Annie Minette and William Passannante and College junior Daniella Sanchez did just that before excited audiences in A Circus in Time, OCircus!’s spring show. The trio adeptly played a group of amateur scientists toying with lab equipment better left untouched. As a result of their folly, they sent themselves hurling through time in a machine that sounded remar...

OCircus Enacts “The Seven Deadly Sins”

Tess M. Yanisch

December 4, 2009

The premise was simple: the Hell Shopping Network was filming a commercial in front of a live studio audience. On Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, the students in OCircus used that concept to put on an astonishing display of their talents. “The Seven Deadly Sins” took place at the Cat in the Cream. After an introduction by HSN spokesperson Lilith, played by College senior Chris Gentes, the performers did a skit demonstrating the value of each of the sins in question. First, an angel and a demon pitted their poi skills against each other, demonstrating the “practical applications of Envy.” Next came Gluttony, in which a menu of decadent desserts tempted two diners into acrobatic feats — while eating....

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