Category Archives: Dance

Annual Dance Showcase!

Anna Krotinger ’19 writes in:

Come check out 16 of Wesleyan’s incredible dance groups for an amazing night of dance!!!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
EXLEY PATIO outside SciLi facing Olin
10:00pm Party
10:30pm Show

Along with information about auditions and group meetings, the Annual Dance Showcase brings together a variety of styles including hip hop, contemporary, modern, jazz, African, Caribbean, Bollywood, ballroom, salsa, tap, belly dancing, K-pop, and much more.

Performers include:

Precision Troupe
Precision Ensemble
X-tacy Dance Collective
Fusion Dance Crew
WesMalai
WesShuffle
Suya
Terp Core
Collective Motion
Kalalu
Wesleyan Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Team
Caliente
Wes Belly Dancers
K-pop
Praise Dance
Kumina

The Annual Dance Showcase is hosted by Precision Dance Company and made possible with the help of Second Stage, graphic designer Ava Bradlow, SALD, the WSA, sound and light board operator Sultan Olusekun, and Sound Co-Op.

Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 10PM party; 10:30PM show
Place: Outside Exley on Church St. (facing Olin)
Rain Location: Movement House
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Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: Student Groups

This is a repost of wilk‘s update of michelle‘s update of Maya‘s 2015 post, which was an update of alt‘s 2014 post, which was an update of Q‘s 2013 post, which was an update of Syed‘s 2012 post

This is the annual student activities fair, where you can schmooze or, more likely, be schmoozed to your heart’s content.

This is part of our 2018 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

By the time classes start (aka today, happy first day of classes!), you’ll likely be successfully moved into your dorm, blissfully free from your parents, and finally finding the time to figure your shit out. Soon, you’ll realize that you have a little too much time on your hands — and you might want to fill that time with Organized Social Activities.

Thankfully for you, there are about 300 student groups at Wesleyan, so you have many, many options. Joining student groups is one of the best way to meet people outside of your dorm and in different class years. You could find best friends! Mentors! Something new about yourself! It’s all up to you.

As your Orientation Leaders, advisers, and basically everyone else including me will tell you — stick to the Rule of Seven. Each class you take, group you join, job you have, and any other thing you might do counts as one commitment, and you should try to have only seven full-time commitments per semester. With a standard four-course load, that leaves three spots for you to fill with whatever the hell else you want. That’s what this post is for.

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

From the CFA:

Featuring choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka joined by his students, guest artists, and drummers, this invigorating performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms.

Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18; $8 all others

Spring Faculty Dance Concert—“Shake”

Randi Plake writes in:

“Shake” is a rambunctious and tender duet born out of a nine-year friendship between Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka and Bates College Associate Professor of Dance Rachel Boggia. The world premiere of their first choreographed work features their shared love of vibratory movement, smooth breath, and cheesy humor; and influences including Ghanaian dance forms, American postmodern dance, fake tap dance, bad jokes, and life experiences.

Date: Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th
Time: 8 PM
Place: CFA Theater

THESISCRAZY 2017 (Part 4): Trapped in the Carrel

“I’m gonna turn in pages, there’ll be words on them. Whatever.”

The hours are ticking down (a fact that we’re sure all you thesis writer s are acutely aware of) and we have more interviews for you! A la R. Kelly a few of you have gotten trapped in the closet–er, carrel–but you haven’t let that stop you from working yourselves into a frenzy this last week before the deadline. You can catch up on the past three THESISCRAZY 2017 installments here, here, and here, and our entire archive here.

If you’re interested in being interviewed (we’ll be posting these right up until the last crazy second), email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet before April 19th.

Check out the interviews below the cut:

Urban Bush Women -“Walking with ‘Trane”

trane_eventFrom the CFA:

Urban Bush Women returns to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of “Walking with ‘Trane” (2015), an ethereal investigation conjuring the essence of John Coltrane. Inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of the famed jazz saxophonist, the work is choreographed by founder and Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Associate Artistic Director Samantha Speis, and Dramaturg Talvin Wilks in collaboration with the company, and set to live music by composers George Caldwell and Philip White, inspired by Mr. Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” and other works.

There will be a pre-performance discussion at 7:15pm facilitated by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellowship recipient Luisa Donovan ’18.

Date: Friday, March 3rd
Time: 8pm
Place: CFA Theater

Artist Lecture: Darrell Jones

From our friends at the CFA:

A lecture by Wesleyan’s 2016-2017 Creative Campus Fellow in Dance Darrell Jones. For nearly a decade, his artistic research has found its central focus through a dialogue between his postmodern training and the voguing aesthetic. He has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies including Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, and Ralph Lemon. He recently performed Bebe Miller Company’s History at Wesleyan in November 2011 in the Patricelli ’92 Theater, a work in progress duet with fellow company dancer Angie Hauser. Ms. Hauser and Mr. Jones had started dancing together a decade earlier in the Bebe Miller Company work Verge, which received its Connecticut premiere at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts in September 2001.

The New England debut of the dance work Hoo-Ha by Darrell Jones in a salon format will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm and Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2pm and 8pm in World Music Hall.

Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 12pm
Place: Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown

Camille A. Brown & Dancers – “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play”

cfa-black-girl-linguistic-playFrom the CFA:

Acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown returns to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” (2015), which uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular–double dutch, steppin’, tap, Juba, ring shout, social dancing, and gesture–and privileges the black girl gaze to create a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood. With live music by pianist Scott Patterson and bassist Tracy Wormworth.

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Place: CFA Theater
Cost$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Total Freedom + FXWRK & DIN//VOID

eclectic 2Chris Gortmaker ’17 writes in:

Aural Wes presents a night of future-club music. Come work out.

TOTAL FREEDOM (Ashland Mines)
___ Producer/DJ. Miami. Rebirthing pop anthems. Top 40 / RnB exorcisms. Conceptual party maker for GHE20 G0THIK Fade to Mind HOOD BY AIR
___ https://soundcloud.com/totalfreedom
___ https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2378

FXWRK
___     Producer/DJ/vocalist. NYC. Member of KUNQ collective. Ex-Wes.
___ https://soundcloud.com/fxwrk
___http://www.factmag.com/2015/09/16/kilbourne-fxwrk-bang-i-cant-escape-ep/

DIN//VOID (David Eg)
___ Producer/DJ. NYC. Ex-Wes.
___ https://soundcloud.com/dinslashvoid

Date: Friday, April 29
Time: 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Place: Eclectic

Circles & Ciphers: Restorative Justice Event

Camila Tili Recalde ’16 writes in:

“Yeah, prisons and police are awful – but what alternative do we have?”
Answer: Restorative Justice!

Join Evan Okun ’13 for a two day Alternatives to Incarceration event led by Circles & Ciphers, a Chicago based restorative justice organization led by young people who are court-, gang-, and DCFS- involved. Participants will experience hip-hop infused peacemaking circles led by young restorative justice professionals from Chicago! The event will conclude with a Slam/Hiphop showcase!

Anti-Violence Workshop
Friday, April 22nd (5-7pm)
200 Church

Restorative Justice Hip-Hop Peace Circle
Saturday 1-3pm
Downey House

Slam/Hip-Hop Show Case
Saturday 8-10pm
Downey House

Dates: Friday, April 22- Saturday, April 23
Times: 5 PM Friday – 10 PM Saturday (See breakdown above)
Places: 200 Church and Downey House