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Opera and dance wrap up fall quarter with symbolic performances
Nov 4, 2009
By Samantha Fink

Opera Scenes provide unique 'aspects of love'

The School of Music will present its annual opera scenes performance, "Aspects of Love: Through the Eyes of Opera Composers," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at The Ridges Auditorium.

This musical and theatrical selection comprises a collection of scenes from five different operas that explore the different facets of love, whether it is romantic, paternal, physical or gentle love.

"It's different viewing opera from other music concerts because of the theatrical aspects. We not only tell the story to the audience through music, but visually through the action, costumes, and scenery," said Richard Crist, director of opera. "The goal is to be able to have someone who cannot hear follow the action visually and understand the story or someone who does not speak the language to follow."

One of the scenes that portrays romantic love is "Patience." "Patience" is about a village milkmaid, who has many potential love prospects, because of her charming personality. She comes across her best friend from childhood, the most eligible bachelor in town, all grown up. He has feelings for her and she falls for him; however, he is not able to pursue her because of their situations in life.

Another scene is that will be presented is "Rigoletto," which combines lost love and parental love. In this piece, an overprotective father's wife has died and his daughter is curious about her mother's death. The daughter asks many questions about her mother, though the father finds the questions and memories extremely painful and difficult to talk about.

"To have the audience enjoy their experience and be provoked into thinking about the ideas in the scenes would be what we consider a success," Crist said.

Tickets are $7 for general admission. Students with a valid OHIO ID receive free admission through Arts for Ohio. 

Dance spotlights student choreography

The School of Dance seniors will premiere their newest works in the "Fall Senior Dance Concert" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall.

Each of the five students will present their own choreographed work created with a variety of inspirations from the students' lives and studies.

Tabytha Bates' ensemble work titled "No. But? Why!" is based on personal experiences and episodes of "Nanny 911." The original idea evolved from children's temper tantrums to that of drug rehabilitation. The chaotic, antsy movements show the struggle and relapses drug addicts experience during the withdrawal phase of rehab.

"Boxes in the Attic," by Rebecca Faria, is an innocent story about two dolls that have been long forgotten. In the piece, the dolls slowly awaken to relive a memory of days when they were played with and their relationship was strong. The dance examines a partnership of two beings that were created to exist with one another and how unbreakable their bond is even after years of solitude.

Cala Trotter's piece is a solo dedicated to her recently deceased aunt, who died of cancer. The dance is very internal, placing special emphasis on the desire to never take life for granted. The movement is inspired by other pieces of art, including paintings and poetry that depict joy and passion in life. The warm lights set the mood for this piece and the dynamic movements correspond to the music "Lovers Telephone" by Pete Samples.

Tickets are $6 for general admission. Students with a valid OHIO ID receive free admission through Arts for Ohio.


Published: Nov 4, 2009 4:08 PM

A scene from the Fall Senior Dance Concert

Seniors from the School of Dance will display their talents during Fall Senior Dance Concert performances Nov. 5-7 at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall.

Photographer: Linsi McCall 

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