OBERLIN — Spring at Oberlin College means different things to different people, but for the dance students, it means being able to showcase a semester’s worth of hard work and dedication.
This spring, there is the added bonus of performing the choreography and teachings of visiting teachers Gil Kerer and Alon Karniel at the Spring Back performance.
WHAT: Spring Back dance performance
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Oberlin College, Warner Center, 30 N. Professor St., Oberlin
COST: $5 per person
FOR TICKETS: Call (440) 775-8169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Israeli choreographer Kerer and Israeli dancer Karniel have been teaching at the college as part of an artist residency through the Oberlin Department of Dance.
“It has been an amazing opportunity for students,” said Ann Cooper Albright, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Dance. “It is always nice for the students when a professional choreographer and dancer come in. Students are able to learn about the professional dance scene here and in different countries, which can be enlightening.”
Kerer and Karniel are here as part of the Israel Institute’s Visiting Artists Program.
The Visiting Israeli Artists Program, an initiative of the Israel Institute, brings Israeli artists from various disciplines — including film, music, choreography and the visual arts — to North America for residencies.
Karniel, a dancer, rehearsal director and teacher based in Tel Aviv, began the spring semester at Oberlin and finished in late March. Kerer, an independent dancer, performer and choreographer, started working with students at the beginning of April and will finish the semester in May.
Bringing the men to Oberlin created an opportunity to teach a variety of courses, including a repertory class, contemporary 3 class, and a contemporary Jewish arts class, according to Cooper Albright.
“When dance students take technique classes, they gain a different approach through training,” she said. “They have received a lot of exposure in Feld movement.”
Karniel has danced with the Vertigo Dance Company and a range of noted choreographers, including Kerer. Karniel studied and researched biomechanics and movement and has created solo dances.
Kerer has been a member of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Vertigo Dance Company. He won first prize in the Israeli Curtain Up Festival in 2011 and has presented works in eight countries worldwide.
Karniel and Kerer worked with students on a piece called “Earth,” which will be performed during Spring Back.
Karniel and Kerer’s work is just part of the larger Spring Back performance, which is showcases dance students throughout the program. Everyone is welcome to attend.