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Michelle Koh    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sophie Landay ’14 did not intend to be a dancer when she first came to Andover. Though she had been taking ballet classes since age three, she was beginning to lose interest in them and was planning to stop dancing in high school.Landay initially returned to dance only to fulfill her Winter Term sport requirement during her Junior year. It was during these winter dance classes that she was exposed to modern dance for the first time, reigniting her love for dance.“I didn’t like it at first...
Scarla Pan    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Before she came to Andover, Mayze Teitler ’14 saw her love for creative writing as a solitary, even isolating, pursuit. Yet through Andover’s writing community, she has discovered a new way to explore writing alongside fellow classmates who shared her passion.“Writing was something I did by myself… Here, though, I made great friends who shared my passion. I’ll never forget one night during Lower year, I was sitting in the chapel with a bunch of my friends at 10 p.m. and writing poetry, and I...
Sara Luzuriaga    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“When someone, particularly a young person, is able to use creative writing as a catalyst for addressing conflicts around the world, theresult can be pretty extraordinary,” said Madeleine Lippey ’14. As the author of a children’s book, founder of the Do Write Campaign and Editor in Chief of “The Courant,” Lippey is no stranger to the extraordinary.Lippey has been writing for as long as she can remember, making it her main form of self-expression. She strives to immortalize her thoughts and...
Alexis Lefft    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Is the pen mightier than the sword? If you were to ask Lily Rockefeller ’14, a three-year Senior, New York City native and creative writer, the answer to this question would be a no-brainer.“[Last year for Spanish class], I was doing this research for an essay, and I was reading this semiotic linguist, and he was saying that the word for table and the table itself are inherently linked. What’s cool about that is that you can’t separate the word and the thing. In a way, words can describe...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“STOMACH SUNK IN WHISKY PEE INSIDE PANTS I SAW A LITTLE STAR WHERE IS MY BABY TONIGHT,” wrote Chinese-American poet and artist Walasse Ting on one page of his poetry book called “1¢ Life.” Accompanying Ting’s words is artwork by Tom Wesselmann showing a nude woman reclining on a bed in a room that has four large, white stars on vivid blue walls.“1¢ Life” is a book of poetry with artwork from 28 different artists, including Wesselmann, that corresponded to Ting’s writing. The book was published...
Tiffany Bauman    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This weekend, Andover welcomed spring with the celebration of the Asian Arts Festival’s 25th anniversary. Traditional Asian dress, music, food, henna designs and origami cranes were just some of the attractions of this year’s festival.Led by the Andover Korean Society, audience members at Saturday’s Asian Arts Talent Show warmed up with the “Korean National Stretch.” A YouTube video of an energetic Korean man marched the audience through intense back stretches, squats and more, though most...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Dressed in floor-length white skirts, Emily Ewing ’14, Marion Kudla ’15 and Elizabeth McGonagle ’16 twirled across the stage in Tang Theater, using their high kicks to let the white material billow and fly around them. Backed by student jazz musicians, they executed their precise routine in front of vividly colored projections on the stage wall.Dancers from Andover Dance Group (ADG), led by Erin Strong, Instructor and Chair in Theater and Dance, student jazz musicians, overseen by Peter Cirelli...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
As a teenager, Chris “Daze” Ellis beganhis artistic career tagging subway cars in 1970s New York City. In the years since, Daze has successfully transitioned to the canvas, using spray paint as well as oil and acrylic in his work.A celebrated painter, Daze brought his talents toAndover as the Addison Gallery of American Art’s Spring 2014 Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence alongside his exhibition, “Street Talk: Chris ‘Daze’ Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection,” which features Daze’s works...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sketchbook in hand, American-born artist James McNeill Whistler spent countless hours staring out the window of his London home, watching ships pass through the blue waters of the Thames River. Drafting and drawing the wooden beams of bridges, the white flags of ships and the tilted caps of sailors who steered through the water, Whistler produced his masterpieces.Now, years after Whistler first moved to London in 1859, several of his detailed etchings, drawings and lithographs are on display at...
Peyton McGovern    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Have you ever been in a crowded room, only feeling neglection? Reached out left and right for a helping hand, only to receive rejection?” asked Robert Rush ’14, throwing a chair into the wall. Rush presented his spoken-word poem, “Innovation,” as part of the Black Arts talent show last weekend.The powerful poem depicted issues and stereotypes affecting African Americans. Rush commanded the stage as he paced from one side to another, depicting his frustration through sudden hand motions and...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Combining graceful movement with harmonious live music, Andover’s production of Henry Purcell’s opera, “Dido and Aeneas,” transported audience members back to 20 B.C.E. for a tragic love story.Dancers from the Andover Dance Group (ADG), directed by Judith Wombwell, Instructor in Dance, and singers from the Fidelio Society, directed by Christopher Walter, Instructor in Music, collaborated to provide a stunning reenactment of the iconic theatrical work.The performance was part of Andover’s Co-Ed@...
Julia Boyd    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Breathing life into words written centuries ago, student actors in the play “The Comedy of Errors,” written by William Shakespeare, performed with energizing, theatrical spirit that would have made Shakespeare proud. The circular-shaped performance space of the play allows audience members to surround the performers on every side.“The most noticeable difference between this show and other shows is the stage itself: it’s in the round,” said Emma Kukielski ’15, Assistant Stage Manager. “That...

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