On the trail with Comparative Arts

  • Comparative Arts students on the North Country Trail with Chris Loudenslager.

October 14, 2016

Comparative Arts students have been busy since the first day of the semester. First, the students welcomed guest artist Ilya Vidrin, who is a dancer, clarinetist and clinical researcher. Vidrin spent several weeks at Interlochen teaching students about movement and the aesthetics of connection.

Later in September, the students took a three-day camping trip on the North Country Trail, accompanied by Vidrin, ecology professor Jenna Scheub, and trail planner Chris Loudenslager. While on the trip, the students continued to explore motion, attaching video cameras to a dancer’s limbs.

Former creative writing instructor Anne Marie Oomen returned to campus in early October to teach playwriting. Oomen helped students develop a play that will be the centerpiece of Comparative Arts’ 2016-17 showcase. The students took advantage of every moment of Oomen’s visit, working with her backstage at “Collage” while waiting for their turn to perform.