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Kent State Dance Majors Present First Student Choreography Production in New Performance Space

Posted Jan. 26, 2011

Current dance performance major Sharon Kriz in YUCUNINU, as performed in DANCE 2008. Choreographed by Alicia Diaz, in collaboration with Matthew Thornton and Cast.Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance proudly presents junior and senior dance majors performing 3.14 ~ INFINITY: BFA Senior Dance Concert and Student Dance Festival Concert.  This collaborative concert will offer audience members the opportunity to see works with seventeen different and exciting artistic visions in dance, music and choreographic explorations in the new, state-of-the-art Louis O. Erdmann and William H. Zucchero Theatre (EZ Theatre). The concert takes place on Fri., March 11 and Sat., March 12 at 8 p.m., and Sat., March 12 and Sun., March 13 at 2 p.m. in EZ Theatre in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent. Tickets are $16 adults, $12 seniors, and $8 students with valid ID. The box office is located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center. Hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to curtain on show days. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks and cash are accepted. Contact the box office at 330-672-2497 or online at www.dance.kent.edu.

This concert marks the first student-choreography production in the EZ Theatre in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance. This new performing venue for the School of Theatre and Dance will showcase the choreography of dance major and minors, as well as dance education majors.

Guest choreographer Richard Brandon Hall, along with student lighting designers from the Theatre Division, will help in presenting this collaborative concert. Graduating majors in dance performance and choreography Amanda Black, Tamara Landry, and Katie Naso present works which explore individual and diverse meanings with a focus on modern dance. Black's work, inspired by the quote, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain," is about making personal choices that others try to undermine. Landry's piece explores seven different phases of her life as a dance artist. This piece focuses on her exploration of various techniques, her struggles, and, ultimately, the celebration of dance. Finally, Naso's work concentrates on the extremely difficult situation a couple faces when they come to the realization that their life's paths have become divergent.

The graduating seniors will also perform a new dance choreographed and directed by Dance Division guest choreographer Richard Brandon Hall, providing them with an opportunity to perform together for a final time. In this new work, entitled The Encounter with Angels, Hall explores his relationship with his deceased great-grandmother and the impact she had on his life. Incorporating personal experiences from the dancers, Hall will pay homage to those who have come before and now watch over life's continuing journey.

Along with the three BFA senior choreographers and guest artists Richard Brandon Hall, thirteen junior choreographers, comprised of dance performance and choreography majors and dance education majors, will premiere works representing various styles and artistic visions. Among those, Proximity, choreographed by Jessica Kraft, is an exploration of the feat of being touched mentally, physically, and emotionally, and explores the inability to trust others in one's life. Angelique Lipford's choreography will investigate friendship, including aspects of personal struggles and encouragement. Choreographer Stephanie Moran states: "Everyone has a point in their lives where they are forced to knock down barriers." She asks, "Does one ever think about the barriers they create for others?" Tohopka Onatah, meaning 'wild beast of the earth,' choreographed by Colleen M. Weiher is inspired by ideas from Native American culture. Her piece will delve into the connections with the earth, plants, and animals as well as the dancers themselves.

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For more information contact:

Joan Meggitt, 330-672-0130
Barbara A. Verlezza, 330-672-0125
Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance