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ISSUE 118 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/18/2005

Audience ‘lost in translation’: International night showcases music, dancing

By Insa Feye
Contributing Writer

Friday, March 18, 2005

Tickets were completely sold out for this year’s 39th annual International Night. Dancers, singers and instrumentalists from around the globe performed to a full house in Urness Recital Hall Saturday night.

The festivities were arranged around the theme “Lost in Translation.” Emcees Khatia Alpaidze, an exchange student from Russia, and Naoya Nishino’05 guided this evening full of talent and cultural entertainment.

"The most important ingredient of the event was that we had fun doing it. Everyone put a lot of passion and excitement into it," said Costa Rican exchange student Conny Brenes, Program Co-Chair of International Night.

To begin the event, students from 21 countries – from Madagascar to the Marshall Islands – carried their flags to the stage and welcomed the audience with greetings in their native languages.

Performers created a colorful show with a variety of traditional music, dances and costumes from all over the world.

The Korean fan dance “Bu chae chum” was an eye-catcher, impressive costume and a headdress worn by performer Angie Huh ‘05. Also known as the flower crown dance, Bu chae chum is famous for its representation of beautiful colors and nature.

From the same region was the popular Korean contemporary Christian song “Dangshin un Sarang Bat Ki Wi Hae,” presented by the International Bible Study group. The song, which in English means “You Were Born to Be Loved,” was accompanied by a piano, a violin and Korean sign language.

Veselica’s “Dance of a Thousand Hands” featured a recording of the 2004 Indonesian Music Interim class playing gamelan music.

The Harambe Group brought down the house with their dance to the song "Tempted to Touch," a mixture of Spanish and Jamaican reggae music from the Caribbean.

The Tinikling, the national dance of the Philippines, showed a great display of immense coordination. Using graceful and rapid movements, the dancers energized the audience by jumping and dodging moving bamboo traps. After their dance, the performers invited volunteers to attempt the dance on stage.

A Latino dance group also enlived Urness Hall with hot Latino rhythms in a mixture of salsa, reggae and pop. The performers demonstrated the Latin tradition of dancing salsa in pairs, clapping and gathering around in a small group.

Moving to Europe, the Hardanger fiddle group played traditional folk bundas from various regions in Norway, including a bridal march from Osterdalen and a dance tune from Voss.

Returning to Asia, a dance mix from contemporary Japan and Korea conveyed a hip-hop influence, and let the audience move in their seats.

Before the show was brought to a close by an energetic Korean drum quartet, the Karibu group presented a rhythmic South African song as a reminder of the apartheid period.

At the reception that followed in the King’s Room, students served self-made culinary specialties from various countries.

Among other food, guests could taste almond tofu from China, egg rolls from Vietnam, quiches from France, potato salad from Germany or sweet rice balls from the Marshall Islands.

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