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'Orchesis 2002' Showcases OWU Student Choreography, Dancers

November 29, 2001

[ 'Technological Buzz' Troupe Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan University proudly presents Orchesis 2002, In-Vision on Dec. 8, 2001 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 9, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Chappelear Drama Center, on the Ohio Wesleyan campus. Orchesis 2002, In-Vision consists of seven dances choreographed by six choreographers and danced by 26 dancers, all under the artistic direction of OWU's dance instructor, Natalie Marrone.

Orchesis 2002, In-Vision features the work of guest artist Carrie L. Houser, OWU's technical director Kay Albright, and OWU's students. Houser is currently an MFA candidate in choreography at The Ohio State University Department of Dance. She is from upstate New York, and her work has been lauded by SUNY Buffalo, Middlesex University in London, England, and The Anthology Film Archives in Ithaca, New York. Houser is creating an original work on six women that will juxtapose several episodic events.

Orchesis 2002, In-Vision also features Technological Buzz, choreographed by OWU senior Jennifer Ponstingle, who describes this dance as "the duality of technology" that can simultaneously bring people together and isolate them. Ponstingle uses phone cords as props in her dance to symbolize technology and its complex entanglement. The movement of the dancers reflects the duality of technology by movements of unison dancing and partnering juxtaposed by solo dancing.

Market Mornin', choreographed by Melissa Chang, is "a window into the Jamaican culture." Chang, a senior dance minor, who has also studied at Edna Manley College for Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica W.I., uses traditional and typical popular dances of the Jamaican culture to depict a market scene. Her dancers use baskets to depict this scene.

Missing Mother is choreographed by Kay Albright. In her dance, Albright depicts the cycle of how parents nurture their children into adulthood and then children nurture their parents into their advanced years. More specifically, the dance explores the relationship between a mother and her six children. Albright derives movement phases by showing the strength of the mother character and then passing that strength on to her children.

What You Make of It, choreographed by Dan Granata, is a "movement theatre piece." Having had most of his training in acting and playwriting, Granata first thought of his piece as a story told through movement. "I had something to say about relationships, but the piece itself is the best way I can think of to say it," he says.

Jackson, choreographed by Pamela Slane, a third-year dance major, is a collage of songs by Michael Jackson, depicting Jackson's various performance talents, and includes modern and hip-hop dance. Jackson consists of 16 dancers to fulfill the idea of the piece. Chained Freedom, also choreographed by Slane, represents the importance of freedom and the "relationship of liberty and confinement" according to Slane.

Tickets for Orchesis 2002, In-Vision are $7 for the general public, $6 for faculty and staff, and $5 for students and seniors. Reservations may be made and tickets may be purchased through Chappelear Box Office at 740-368-3855.