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Ohio Wesleyan Dancers and Choreographers to Perform “Orchesis 22/23” Concert November 11-12

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan University’s Orchesis Dance Company will present three performances of “Orchesis 22/23” highlighting pieces choreographed by students and professionals ranging from “quirky and playful to moving and introspective,” the company said. director Janet Schroeder.

This year’s “Orchesis 22/23” will feature choreography by Schroeder, guest artist Isaiah Harris and six student choreographers. Performances will be at 8 p.m. November 11 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. November 12 on the main stage of OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free, but reservations are required at owu.edu/orchesis.

Guest choreographer Harris, who recently earned his MFA in dance at Ohio State University, works with Wesleyan students from Ohio to present “The Liturgy of Muses,” a work that examines the relationship between identity and spirituality and how the two coexist. on the scene. The piece incorporates the African Diaspora movement and liturgical dance found in the American black church.

Harris described the piece as “an interpretation of WEB Dubois’ ‘double consciousness’ superimposed on a sort of ‘triple consciousness’ as the dancers explore their identities, their respective muses and one of the five Clark sisters (of the well-known group known to gospel singers).

Also during “Orchesis 22/23”, senior Kayla Rush of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania will perform a piece she choreographed called “An Inquiry”. The work is part of her main project, “Choreography as a Research Laboratory,” which used research questions to create and develop movement material. Favorite phrases from the creative process were combined to create the piece.

In addition during the dance concert:

  • Junior Ali Dix of Marion, Ohio creates a space for dancers to explore their individuality while thoughtfully incorporating the dynamics of movement.
  • Junior Isabelle Tinti-Kane of Marblehead, Massachusetts reflects on time and experience in her piece, “This Place Will Outlive You”.
  • Junior Chloe Williams of Wilmington, Ohio offers a study of gifts and the challenges of meaningful relationships.
  • Sophomore Grace Frye from Newark, Ohio uses tap dancing to explore the concept of time.
  • Sophomore Brielle Decarolis of Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, invokes nostalgia and joy through youthful and playful movements and relationships.
  • Orchesis director Schroeder, Ph.D., a part-time performing arts teacher and percussive dance artist, invites audiences to “feel the groove and the boogie” with the entire cast.

To learn more about upcoming Orchesis and Ohio Wesleyan performing arts events, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

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