Chappelear Drama Center | Main Stage

8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 10 – Ohio Wesleyan University’s student dance company, Orchesis, will present its annual contemporary dance concert with 16 dancers exploring relationships in seven pieces created by students, faculty, and a guest choreographer.

Guest choreographer Momar Ndiaye directs “No’w’man is an Island, 7=1ω,” with seven female dancers exploring the idea of encounters, influence, identity, journey, and community.

The concert’s artistic director, Rashana Perks Smith, presents “The Big and Small,” which examines the duality of reaching toward something bigger in the midst of dealing with all that is small. Seniors Kimberly McCalmont, Penell Paglialunga, Rachael Sheets, and Savannah Travis “bounce between large and small volumes of movement, gradual and quick transitions, personal and public kinespheres, and the understated and the over the top,” said Smith, a member of the Ohio Wesleyan faculty since 2013.

In collaboration with the full cast of Orchesis, Smith will conclude the concert with a 16-member piece, “With and Without You | Coursing Through My Veins.” The piece represents “a recognition of singularity and multiplicity coupled with an acknowledgment of lineage; it is a love letter to mentors and a look forward,” Smith said.

The show’s remaining pieces, all choreographed by Ohio Wesleyan dance students, explore a variety of themes:

  • Senior Kimberly McCalmont of Centerville, Ohio, presents her final Orchesis piece as a reflection of her 19 years of ballet, modern, and contemporary dance training.
  • Senior Savannah Travis of Bainbridge Island, Washington, investigates the concept of vulnerability and how it is used to connect with others.
  • Junior Kiersten Bender of Springfield, Ohio, explores the rise and fall of relationships.
  • Sophomore Taylor Frasure of Galloway, Ohio, depicts close relationships using partnered ensemble work.

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present three performances of “Orchesis 18/19” at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov.10 on the Main Stage of Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware, on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students with valid student IDs. Tickets are free for OWU students with valid university IDs. The Nov. 9 performance is free for Ohio Wesleyan faculty and staff. A reception will follow each performance. To reserve tickets, call (740) 368-3855.

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