Performing Opportunities Through Orchesis


Semester Shows:
Every semester we produce a major dance concert in Lerner Auditorium that enables Orchesis members to showcase their talents both as dancers and as choreographers.  We encourage and support all types of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, African, tap, musical theater, and any other type of dance you are interested in creating!


The Columbia University Performing Arts League (CUPAL) provides Orchesis members with another annual opportunity to perform a small number of selected pieces from our Fall production. These pieces are performed in the CUPAL Showcase, which brings many of the performing arts groups on campus together for an eclectic performance of dance, singing, theater and more!


The MaMa Project:
The MaMa Project is a subdivison of Orchesis that grants the creator(s) an opportunity to produce their own show with a more organized theme and a smaller cast of dancers than our semester shows! The MaMa Project made its debut in the spring of 2002 with “ The Alice Project” and “My Mother Is a Fish” premiered in the spring of 2003. This year's project will be choreographed and directed by Molly Brush, Tze Chun, and Eileen Farrell and opens in Lerner's Black Box Theater in February of 2006. TIckets will be available at the Lerner Box Office the week of the show. You won't want to miss an amazing showcase of artistic talent


BDC Showcase/Affiliated Concerts:
Many of our choreographers have taken their works from Orchesis shows (and the dancers in those works) to outside showcases such as Broadway Dance Center's Performance Outlet. This has enabled Orchesis members a chance to perform outside the Columbia University community and extend their dance experience into the greater New York City area. We encourage and support such performances, as many members attend these shows to support their fellow dancers as well as dance in them themselves!