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Ohio Wesleyan to Stage Orchesis 2011 Dance Concert
April 15-16 Performances to Explore Light, Emotion

March 14, 2011

Orchesis members rehearse for the upcoming performance.
Photo by Suzanne Samin ’13
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will stage “Orchesis 2011,” its annual dance concert, at 8 p.m. April 15 and 16 on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.

“Orchesis 2011” is under the artistic direction of Jill Becker, assistant professor of Theatre & Dance. Technical direction is by Chad Knutson, and costume design is by Jacqueline Shelley, both of the Department of Theatre & Dance. Stage management is by senior Carie Clark of Radnor, Ohio.

Overall, the company includes about 40 students. The first half of this year’s performance, “Changing Light,” will explore various qualities of light, both natural and man-made, and the atmospheres they create. These dances, directed by Becker, are choreographed to music by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

Choreographers for “Changing Light” include sophomore Kathleen Dalton of Litchfield, Ohio; junior Brittany Robertson of Wadsworth, Ohio; seniors Frieda Trovela of Morton Grove, Ill., Laurel M. Elliott of Phoenix, and Aryn Taylor of Athens, Ohio; and OWU faculty member Gregory Mack, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The second half of the performance includes dances that explore emotions ranging from spiritual relationships and faith to human aggression. Choreographers include sophomores Tessa Cannon of Trumansburg, N.Y., and April Warner of Dublin, Ohio; junior Brittany Robertson; seniors Rachel Spetrino of Medina, Ohio, Gloria Clark of Huntsville, Ala., and Laurel Elliott; and faculty member Gregory Mack.

General admission is $10, $5 for Ohio Wesleyan employees, non-OWU students, and senior citizens. Admission is free for OWU students with a valid ID, courtesy of a grant from the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs. To reserve tickets, call (740) 368-3855 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Read more details about OWU’s Department of Theatre & Dance.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.