Kent Dance Ensemble to present world premiere choreography at Prime concert

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2017-2018 season with the Kent Dance Ensemble’s annual concert Prime, running Fri., April 6 through Sun., April 8 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of assistant professor Gregory King, is Kent State University’s pre-professional dance company.

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.

Prime contains world and company premieres by nationally and internationally renowned choreographers who, over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, have visited Kent State to set pieces on the Kent Dance Ensemble. World premieres include Catherine Meredith’s Aftermath, Jess Pretty’s a travesty in ten parts., L. Taylor Ashton’s BITCH., Jamal White’s A Lesson On Things That Fall Apart, and Angela Luem’s The Meat. Company premieres include Gregory King’s Vital Grace, excerpts from Silvana Cardell’s Supper, people on the Move!, and excerpts from Ronald K. Brown’s Gatekeepers, which was set on the Ensemble by Arcell Cabuag.

The Kent Dance Ensemble will perform Catherine Meredith’s Aftermath at the American College Dance Association’s (ACDA) American College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. this June. The piece was one of three selected to represent ACDA’s East-Central region at the national festival.

Assistant professor Gregory King is the artistic director of the Kent Dance Ensemble and Laura Wester serves as the student artistic director. The members of the Kent Dance Ensemble are: Nicole Bronder, Austin Coats, Nicole Crowl, Lily Deems, Mackenzie Eckley, Megan Finch, Julia Hauf, Olivia Hulsey, Emily Jean Jarosz, Bridget Langguth, Angela Pujolas, Claire Tilley, Briggs Van Sickle, Morgan Walker, and Laura Wester.

The production and design team includes costume design by Madilyn Alten, Libby O’Hara, Maru Perez-Viscasillas, Clover Queen, Sophia Siddall, Cat Tope, and Lisa Wilson; lighting design by Jonathon Frost and Cory Sprinkles; sound design by Ben Takitch, and technical direction by Steve Pauna. The production stage manager is Liz Talaba.


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POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 12:20am
UPDATED: Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:05pm
Joni Koneval