Dance Faculty member Gregory King collaborates on "Nine Lives" premiere

School of Theatre and Dance faculty member Gregory King and Hugh A. Glauser School of Music faculty member Chris Coles collaborate on “Nine Lives,” a forty (40) minute work in memory of the victims of the Charleston church shooting. Inspired by the Charleston church shooting in 2015, “Nine Lives” is an interdisciplinary multi-movement suite intended to heighten awareness of ongoing racial injustice in America.

The piece will feature collaborations by Trombonist Sam Blakeslee, Animator Hannah Taddeo, Choreographer Gregory King and Emcee Jul Big Green. The Nine Lives Project will debut with its first performance at the RubberCity Jazz & Blues Festival on August 24th, 2019. Discussion to follow the performance. The performance begins at 1:00 p.m. and admission is FREE.

The performance also features several Kent State dance students.


Trombonist: Sam Blakeslee 
Animator: Hannah Taddeo 
Choreographer: Gregory King  
Emcee: Jul Huntley aka Jul Big Green

The Band:

Dave Morgan
Bobby Selvaggio
Zaire Darden
Tommy Lehman
Chris Anderson
Emily Laycock
Molly Jones
Theron Brown


Nicole Crowl
Megan Finch
Taylor Parker
Nyashia Gooden-Clarke
Niarra Gooden-Clarke
Marquise Williams
De'sean Boddie
Shondale Gordon
Kayla Warmington

The premiere of the work is made possible with grants from John S. Knight Foundations, PEGs Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, and Gar Foundation.

Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival
Akron Public Library Auditorium
60 S High St
Akron, Ohio 44326

POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 4:22pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:52pm