Dance Students Present Original Choreography in "WE16HTLESS"

Annual concert showcases student talent and versatility

Kent, OH – Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2015-2016 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: WE16HTLESS. The concert runs March 11-13, 2016 in the Erdmann-Zucchero (EZ) Black Box Theatre located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is divided into two programs with Program A on March 11 at 8 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m. and Program B on March 12 at 8 p.m. and March 13 at 2 p.m.

The B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: WE16HTLESS offers audiences a variety of dance forms ranging from modern to jazz. In addition, each piece explores topics including personal perspectives, emotional states and social issues.  In this culminating concert, the student choreographers premiere original and engaging works. They each bring fresh viewpoints to the stage that, in part, reflect their experiences at Kent State University.

For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive. The box office is open Mon. – Fri., Noon to 5 pm.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for Kent State University alumni, faculty and staff, $14 for seniors (60+) and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $10.  Tickets for full-time, Kent campus undergraduates are free of charge. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $12 per person.  Flex pass subscriptions are also available. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash.

WE16HTLESS presents sixteen pieces of original choreography created by five BFA graduating seniors and eleven juniors who are pursuing either a dance major or minor within Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance. The five BFA choreographers and two additional graduating seniors will also perform a restaging of “Monkey Brains and Paper Chains,” choreographed by associate professor of dance Barbara Allegra Verlezza.

A trio choreographed by Claire Dieringer is inspired by the literary work of philosopher Alan Watts entitled “The Mind.”  Contrasting and dynamic movements in this dance represent the intricacies and machinations of the thought process.

Another exploration of the workings of the mind is presented in “Misconceptions” choreographed by BFA senior Kelsey Jones. Through the use of fast-paced movement, a quartet explores the challenges of interpreting others’ thoughts and perceptions while also working to accept differences.

BFA senior Miranda Harig’s contemporary modern piece “254” reflects upon the suffering endured by countless individuals during and after the events of September 11th. With music by This Will Destroy You, two dancers search for ways to begin the healing process through their profound sadness and pain.

“SHE,” a new work choreographed by BFA senior Dakota Lindesmith, is a dance that explores the journey of three women struggling to achieve equality in a male-dominated society. This work is inspired by the writing of Malala Yousafzai, “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

BFA senior Allyson Taulbee’s new dance work, “make your choice,” explores the effects of not being in control of one’s own life. Her work asks: At what point do you fight for freedom and at what cost?

Eleven junior choreographers share the evening with the graduating seniors. “Severed Roots,” choreographed by L. Taylor Ashton, is a dance that explores the stories of Syrian refugees fleeing their country to find safety in a new place. “Intangible,” choreographed by Jordan Penrod, is a contemporary modern piece driven by the rapid pace and intense music by 2Cellos. “Overflowing,” choreographed by Abigail Schneider explores the metaphor of the half empty, half full glass of life.

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POSTED: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 9:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:18pm
Joni Koneval