Dance '19: Dynamic Fusion

November 22-24, 2019

E. Turner Stump Theatre   
Artistic Director: Jeffrey Marc Rockland

Features choreography from Dance faculty and guest choreographers in a celebration of artistic versatility and diversity.

Guests dancers from Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, under the direction of Dr. Sun Tawalwongsri, are featured guest artists sponsored by East Meets West, the School of Theatre and Dance, the Undergraduate Student Government, Undergraduate Student Research and the College of the Arts.


Dance '19 includes the world premiere of Cohen, a work of music, theatre, and dance that pays tribute to the iconic Leonard Cohen whose work embodied a spiritual, sensual and at times political exploration of the human experience.  

Cohen completes a trilogy of ballets, choreographed by Jeffrey Marc Rockland, that explore themes of Jewish identity and assimilation.  A celebration of the work of Leonard Cohen and his connection to Israel and her people, the ballet’s second movement, set to Hallelujah, is dedicated to the victims of the May 4th, 1970 Kent State tragedy, where three of the four students killed were Jewish.

This new choreographic work involves collaboration with singer/songwriter Batsheva Capek, who received approval directly from Leonard Cohen for her translation of his song “Hallelujah” into Hebrew and for her translation of “Dance Me to the End of Song” into Yiddish. Additionally, renown Israeli clarinetist Amitai Vardi will be featured in a work where music and dance wrap around the poetic verses Cohen so eloquently left us. 

Cohen is sponsored with support from the Jewish Community Board of Akron and the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection as well as the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Artists Touring Fund, and Kent State’s office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University Research Council and School of Theatre and Dance.


Date Time
Friday, November 22 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 24 2:00 p.m.






Tickets can be purchased in person at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242, by phone at 330-672-ARTS (2787) or online at the link below. 

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