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Student Choreographers, Dancers Take Stage in 'Orchesis'

November 28, 2000

[ 'Orchesis' Logo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Student dancers and choreographers at Ohio Wesleyan University take the stage in Dec. for Orchesis 2001. This year's Orchesis production is titled "Facets."

"'Facets' is a dance concert of works created independently of each other," said OWU Dance Instructor Natalie Marrone. "However, all the dances seem to show the many sides of each choreographer's ideas and stories." Marrone is also a dance instructor at Columbus Dance Theater.

OWU student choreographers include senior Leia Davies, whose dance marries text and movement; junior Moly Moldiviani, whose dance portrays the systemization of American society; sophomore Eka Nersesian, whose solo demonstrates traditional Georgian dance, and speaks to the lives of women in Georgia; sophomore Pam Slane, whose group dance deals with issues of domestic violence and suicide; and sophomore Shari Francis and junior Melissa Chang, who collaborate on a group dance incorporating Caribbean dance styles and themes of Carnival.

This year's show features the work of guest artist Kelly Gottesman. He has been the recipient of Ohio Arts Council awards, and danced with the Shawn Womack Dance Company of Cincinnati for ten years. He is currently completing his Master of Fine Arts Degree at The Ohio State University.

"In explorations of the space between light and dark, breath and next breath, we have discovered images that unveil a link to memory and dreams," Gottesman said about "Metaphase," the piece he choreographed.

Performance dates are Dec. 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. and on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. The cost is $7 for general admission, $6 for faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Tickets can be reserved one week prior to the opening of the show and are available through the OWU box office at 740-368-3855.