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February 15, 2007

Waltz Over to Watch Orchesis 2007

During the last full week of February, the Ohio Wesleyan department of theatre & dance will present its annual Orchesis concert, which highlights student choreography.

This year’s Orchesis will feature choreography inspired by student community service experiences. Artistic director for the show is Timothy Veach, adjunct instructor of dance.

“The dances in this show are usually more of the classic types of dance such as lyrical and ballet, but all of them have modern undertones,” says Kristen Sarbu `08, stage manager for Orchesis.

“My piece is inspired by Habitat for Humanity. I live in the Habitat Small Living Unit (SLU), and I wanted to incorporate the arts into my house project,” says Adrienne Scott `08, a dance major and second-time choreographer for Orchesis.

Orchesis will feature a total of eight pieces including:

  • “They Came on Horseback,” a piece about the genocide in Darfur choreographed by Lydia Spitalny `09 and inspired by STAND
  • “Jellybeans,” choreographed by Blaire Hayden `07, uses young dancers from Veach’s studio to express how to embrace one’s inner child
  • Katie Teuchlter, part-time dance instructor at OWU and guest choreographer, uses inspiration from Counseling Services to express interpersonal conflict in her piece “Cabin Fever”
  • “Hope in the Darkness,” choreographed by Molly Mehl `08 and inspired by the Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter and Counseling Services

A new addition to Orchesis will be a set performed by OWU’s all-female a cappella group, Pitch Black, which will include a conglomeration of all the choreography of the show. “Come Friday night for a reception in the lobby afterward. All the organizations involved will have displays and information about themselves. It will be a spectacular show!” says Scott, who is also a member of Pitch Black.

Orchesis will run Feb. 23 and 24 on the main stage of Chappelear Drama Center. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.

For ticket information, call 740-368-3855 or visit theatre.owu.edu for details.

Craig Olsen ’07