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Ohio Wesleyan’s Orchesis Dance Concert to Feature Diverse Themes, Styles

November 3, 2009

OWU’s Department of Theatre & Dance has featured “Orchesis” contemporary student dance performances for decades. A variety of themes are explored during each performance.
Photo courtesy of OWU’s Department of Theatre & Dance
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will stage “Orchesis 2010,” its annual dance concert, at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 on the Main Stage of Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware, on the OWU campus.

Dance styles incorporated into “Orchesis 2010” include modern dance, jazz, tango, step dance, hip hop, ballet, and Double Dutch. Themes to be explored involve love, play, loss, street culture, neurosis, cooperation, and more.

The dances were developed by Jill Becker, Orchesis artistic director and assistant professor of theatre & dance; Noelle Chun, assistant professor of theatre & dance; and guest choreographer Colleen Leonardi, along with 10 Ohio Wesleyan student choreographers.

Student choreographers are: seniors Kate Alexander of Cincinnati; Lyndsey Planicka of Brunswick, Ohio; Gloria Clark of Huntsville, Ala.; and Jaime Fuentes of Canton, Ohio; juniors Laurel Elliot of Phoenix, Ariz., and Aryn Taylor of Athens, Ohio; and sophomores Brittany Robertson of Wadsworth, Ohio; Yvonne Hendricks of Hartford, Conn.; Frieda Trovela of Morton Grove, Ill.; and Elisabeth Schweers of Dayton, Tenn.

Overall, the company includes 37 Ohio Wesleyan student dancers and about 30 crew members.

OWU theatre & dance professor D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr. serves as the repertory lighting designer and mentors the student lighting designers who plan the stage lighting for each choreographer. Student lighting designers are: senior Chad Claussen of Columbus, Ohio; juniors Elliott Ares of Hemet, Calif., and Gabby Libby of Novelty, Ohio; sophomores, Tyler Elrod of Davidson, N.C.; Ed Howland of Somerville, Mass.; Brittany Robertson of Wadsworth, Ohio; and Will Pierce of Park Ridge, Ill. The master electrician is sophomore Alexa Haubrich of Newbury, Ohio, and the stage manager is junior Katelyn Schroeder of Hong Kong.

Theatre & dance department part-time instructor Jacqueline Shelley is the costume designer and coordinator.

General admission for all Ohio Wesleyan Theatre & Dance productions is $10. Admission for senior citizens, OWU employees, and non-OWU students is $5. OWU students are admitted free of charge with a valid ID. Call (740) 368-3855 for reservations or visit theatre.owu.edu for more details.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 39 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.