Nations: Around the World in 80 Minutes
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the promise and the theme of this
year’s annual Rhythm Nations, a cultural
celebration coordinated by the International Students Organization (ISO), featuring
a smorgasbord of performances by students from abroad.
A program of dance, music and
demonstrations from China, Lebanon, Burma, Japan, Nepal,
Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Hungary, India, Tibet and other countries
across the water will take place on Saturday, April 3, at
7 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Admission is free, and open
to the public.
“Rhythm Nations is not only a celebration of world music and dance,” explains
Panchali Ellepola ’10, president of ISO, “but a celebration
of Smith’s diversity.”
More than 200 students from
nearly 60 different countries make their temporary homes
at Smith. Rhythm Nations provides an opportunity to sample
the cultures of some of them.
“Smithies should share in this
event,” says Ellepola, “because it gives us a chance
to see such an eclectic collection of performances and allows
us to appreciate world culture. Rhythm Nations is 90 minutes
of non-stop stimulation of the senses—vibrant
colors, infectious beats, unique choreography.”
Rhythm Nations always draws
a good crowd, so arrive early—and
prepare for a dazzling tour around the world in 80 (or so)