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Kent Dance Ensemble 201 "New View"

Posted Mar. 21, 2013

Kent Dance Ensemble: New ViewOn April 5, 6, and 7, 2013, Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will present theKent Dance Ensemble's annual main stage concert, NEW VIEW. The concert will be performed in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Music and Speech center at 1325 Theatre Drive on Kent State's main campus.  Performances are Friday April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m., and Sunday April 7 at 2 p.m.  A complimentary reception will take place on Friday April 5 following the performance. To reserve tickets, please call the Performing Arts Box Office at (330) 672-2787, weekdays between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  General adult admission is $16; $14 for KSU faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; $12 for seniors; and $8 for non-KSU students with a valid ID. Tickets are FREE for all full-time, undergraduate students from the Kent State main campus. Simply show your FlashCard.

NEW VIEW is a concert of jazz and modern dances choreographed by four Kent State faculty members and New York City guest artist Linda Nutter. The evening opens with Nutter's farcical Rhyme Nor Reason, a sextet first set on New York University dancers over 25 years ago. The whimsical dance is chock full of non-sequiters and cultural references from the 1980s, as well as animal images and everyday pedestrian movement—see how many you can find!  A trio of dancers moves through an athletic conversation using intense gestures and shared body language in Hidden Dialogue, choreographed by Kent State dance faculty member, Joan Meggitt, Artistic/Executive Director of Antaeus Dance, Cleveland. The intensely physical choreography requires the dancers to throw themselves through space and at one another.  The first half of the concert closes with Assistant Professor Erin LaSala's quirky new trio Femmes Fortes, a high-energy study of the inner "superhero" who lives inside us all.

Following intermission, Artistic Director Kimberly Karpanty's new concert jazz work blends sophisticated wit with a vigorous, stylized vocabulary. Each of the five performers brought her own unique personality and movement flair to the work, fashioned as a reply to two tracks by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. This season, the ten members of the pre-professional student dance company will be joined by four sixth-grade music students from Defer Intermediate School in Streetsboro for a special treat! Emerging unexpectedly from the audience, the Defer Dancers will approach the stage and perform short creative dances of their own derision, made in intensive after school workshops. When they have finished slithering, sliding, floating and gliding, the evening will close with Associate Professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza's vigorous "Monkey Brains and Paper Chains," performed by all ten members of the Ensemble. This spirited and dynamic dance explores the concepts of an indecisive, unsettled, and anxious 'monkey brain' complicated by the fragile or restraints (paper chains) that impede the ability for one to make changes in thought or behavior.


Please contact Artistic Director Kimberly Karpanty at (330) 672-0127 or kkarpant@kent.edu for further information on more of the Ensemble's upcoming performances and educational outreach programs.

Photo by Jeff Glidden. Title: Monkey Brains and Paper Chains; Choreographer: Barbara Allegra Verlezza; Soloist: Nina Price

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For more information contact:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398