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Feel the World Beat

It’s about music. It’s about dance, and cultural entertainment from disparate corners of the globe.

Most of all, Rhythm Nations is about people coming together.

Rhythm Nations, the annual performance smorgasbord presented by the International Students Organization (ISO), will take place this year on Saturday, April 5, starting at 7 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Admission is free.

The event is a celebration of the many different cultures represented at Smith. More than 200 students from 58 different countries make their temporary homes at Smith. Fittingly, this year’s Rhythm Nations trumpets the theme “World Carnival: Different Beats, One Vibe!”

Check out dance from India, the Philippines, Fiji, Brazil, Burma and Korea. Hear a poem from Afghanistan, a song from Tibet, a ribbon dance, a fan dance, Asian hip hop, an umbrella dance. Witness a parade of flags of the countries from which Smith students come.

“Most cultures in the world have at least one celebration in which different things, like life, a new year, a deity or joy, are honored,” comments Isabel Barrios, a member of the ISO. “Whatever the motive is, these events bring everyone together.” That’s the spirit behind Rhythm Nations.

Feel the beat.

3/31/08   By Eric Sean Weld
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