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Dancers strut stuff for fall

By Marilyn Velazquez
Contributing Writer

Photos by Marilyn Velazquez Dance students from the Hathaway Academy of Ballet perform “Mindless Paranoia.”

Photos by Marilyn Velazquez
Dance students from the Hathaway Academy of Ballet perform “Mindless Paranoia.”

 

Brookhaven College’s dance recital showcased the fall semester dance classes Nov. 11-13 in the Performance Hall. The show featured eight dances by the Dancers’ Theatre ensemble, along with one performance by Hathaway Academy of Ballet.

Madi Frampton, a student, said practice for the performance began in September. She said the group practiced every Friday for four hours.

Frampton said the classes offered on campus teach various dance styles, but this semester the classes focused more on contemporary dance – a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several genres, including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet, according to dance.com.

Frampton performed a duet with Jesse Castaneda, a student, in a hard contemporary dance.

“[The dance] is a slow, Gagastyle [dance]. It’s very gesture-y and very loose,” Frampton said.

Students Dekorian Felder and Kaytlyn Christie performed a duet to “Paloma.” Felder said he started dancing four years ago.

Brookhaven students Dekorian Felder and Kaytlyn Christie perform a duet to “Paloma.”

Brookhaven students Dekorian Felder and Kaytlyn Christie perform a duet to “Paloma.”

“I hurt myself in high school, and my mom took me to a yoga class … then an African [dance] class,” Felder said, “And that’s when I was like, ‘Hey, dance, I like that stuff.’”

Frampton and Felder performed with the rest of the Dancers’ Theatre ensemble in the first dance, titled “Strength in Serenity.”

Frampton said she knew Anna Ewert-Pittman, a modern dance professor, from high school. Frampton said Ewert-Pittman judged her senior choreography in high school.

“I knew [Ewert-Pittman] was really popular in the arts,” Frampton said, “When I realized she was here, I said, ‘It has to be a good school if she teaches here.’”

Frampton said based on what she had seen and heard from people on other Dallas County Community College District campuses, Brookhaven has the strongest dance department.

Dance students kneel during a performance to “Strength in serenity.”

Dance students kneel during a performance to “Strength in serenity.”

“You get the best training here because they prepare you performance-wise and prepare you for technique as well,” Frampton said.

Felder said he had also heard former students, now in four-year universities, recommend Brookhaven’s dance classes

Theatre preps for Scrooge sequel

By Jasmine Gallegos
ECHS Contributing Writer

 

Theatre Brookhaven will close out the fall semester with a production of Mark Brown’s “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” a comedic sequel to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Continue reading

Netflix offers ‘Stranger Things’ than tricks, treats

Critical Review

By Diamond Victoria
Editor-in-Chief

Watercolor illustration by Taylor Starnes

Watercolor illustration by Taylor Starnes

 

Over the past few months “Stranger Things” has become more than just a Netflix Original series. With its soundtrack, visual aesthetics, special effects and cast, it has transcended specific genre norms and is a perfect reason to not leave the couch for an hour, or eight, on Halloween night. Continue reading

Five impactful Godzilla films, one disgrace

Critical Review

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

The Toho reboot of the King of the Monsters, “Shin Godzilla,” hit U.S. theaters for a limited run Oct. 11-18. Throughout the franchise’s history, Godzilla’s titular role has gone from destroyer of Japan to savior of mankind and back again. Some films have been heavily politically charged and others overly laid-back, allowing Godzilla’s psyche to be explored. Below are the most impactful films in the franchise.

Illustrations by Jacqueline Arredondo

Illustrations by Jacqueline Arredondo

1. “GOJIRA” 1st film – 1954

The original Japanese production is still the gold standard of the franchise. Godzilla is the living symbol of a nuclear holocaust and a representation of the devastation the two atomic bombs unleashed after Continue reading

Godzilla resurges in Toho reboot, destroys Tokyo

Critical Review

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

 

The King of the Monsters returns to the big screen in “Godzilla Resurgence,” directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, the franchise’s 31st film to unleash chaos and devastation upon Japan. Continue reading

‘Dracula’ crosses cultures on screen

Critical Review

By Juan Betancourt
Sports Editor

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

 

“Dracula,” based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name, is one of Universal Studios’ classic monster films. Not only Tod Browning’s English version, but also George Melford’s Spanish version. Continue reading

‘Stranger Things’ composers survive

Critical Review

By Evan Henry
Music Editor

Photo courtesy of S U R V I V E

Photo courtesy of S U R V I V E

 

With the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” shocking audiences almost overnight, it’s no wonder Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s esoteric interpretation of electronic music goes far beyond the Continue reading

Zines find new fame at BHC

By Eric Lopez
Contributing Writer

Silver Gelatin Print by Evan Henry

Silver Gelatin Print by Evan Henry

 

Brookhaven College will host its first Suburban Zine Swap Oct 11. The event will showcase zines and do-it-yourself art created by Continue reading

Former student displays oceanic art

By Marilyn Velazquez
Contributing Writer

Photos by Jubenal Aguilar A porcelain teabath square trio sits in the Studio Gallery during Austin artist Jennifer Hill’s exhibit in Brookhaven College’s Studio Gallery Aug. 22-Sept. 23.

Photos by Jubenal Aguilar
A porcelain teabath square trio sits in the Studio Gallery during Austin artist Jennifer Hill’s exhibit in Brookhaven College’s Studio Gallery Aug. 22-Sept. 23.

 

Nearly 50 ocean-inspired ceramic pieces in pinks, oranges, greens and blues were on display in Brookhaven College’s Studio Gallery Aug. 22-Sept. 23. Jennifer Hill, a former Brookhaven student, created the hand-built artistic and abstract ceramic representations of marine life.

“[It’s got] a little bit of function and a lot of décor,” Hill said during the reception, referring to the functionality of her art.

Hill received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Southern Methodist University and master’s degree in fine arts from Utah State University, according to her website, jenniferhillceramics.com.

As a professional artist, this was her first time displaying her artwork in a solo exhibition at Brookhaven. Hill said her inspiration behind the pieces is based on her experience exploring the ocean while living and teaching in Kauai, Hawaii.

“This influenced a lot of the texture you see in my work,” she said. “Artists are always facing challenges, mostly because we want to challenge ourselves.”

Hill said she specializes in working with ceramics.

A hand-made centerpiece simulates sea shells.

A hand-made centerpiece simulates sea shells.

 

David Newman, Brookhaven gallery director, said he knew Hill when she was a student and included her work in a group alumni exhibition in 2008. He said she was chosen based on her work and skill in ceramics.

Hill has been in more than 30 art exhibitions across the country, according to her website.

Tanya Hill, Jennifer’s sister-inlaw, attended the closing reception in support of Jennifer’s exhibition. Tanya said she heard about the exhibition through a Facebook post.

“She didn’t make a big deal out of it. We did,” Tanya said.

Her favorite piece was a tall vase with seashells rotating in a downward spiral. Tanya said Jennifer is a great teacher.

An orb vessel is reminiscent of coral reefs; Hill explains how she makes the orb vessel art pieces.

An orb vessel is reminiscent of coral reefs; Hill explains how she makes the orb vessel art pieces.

 

“She sees the world differently,” Tanya said. “I wouldn’t be able to see the clay and have it become something.”

Jennifer is currently preparing for a show Nov. 12-13 and 19-20 with Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour in Austin.

Theatre BHC tells ghost stories

By Kayli Lader
Contributing Writer

Photo by Kayli Lader Allen Wiese, as Keizuke, and Sarah Kennedy, as Yukionna, rehearse a scene in the story “The Snow Woman.”

Photo by Kayli Lader
Allen Wiese, as Keizuke, and Sarah Kennedy, as Yukionna, rehearse a scene in the story “The Snow Woman.”

 

Brookhaven College School of the Arts Theatre Brookhaven is kicking off the 2016-2017 academic year with the opening night of “In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories,” by Eric Coble. Continue reading