Kent State presents world premiere of "Cohen" at "Dance '19: Dynamic Fusion" concert

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2019-2020 season with "Dance '19: Dynamic Fusion," the school's annual faculty dance concert which features the world premiere of the new ballet "Cohen." The concert runs Nov. 22-24, 2019 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. 


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, $16 for Kent State University alumni, $14 for 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. 


Artistic directed by associate professor Jeffrey Marc Rockland, "Dance '19: Dynamic Fusion" is a weekend of choreography by Kent State faculty Jennifer Black, Kimberly Karpanty, and Catherine Meredith. The concert also features the return of students from Thailand's Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, under the direction of Dr. Sun Tawalwongsri.  

"Cohen" is a world premiere work of music, theatre, and dance and serves as a tribute to the iconic singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen whose work embodies the spiritual, sensual, and political exploration of the human experience. A collaboration between choreographers Jeffrey Marc Rockland, Flamenco guest artist Alice Blumenfeld, and adjunct hip hop faculty member Samuel McIntosh, the ballet is set to several of Leonard Cohen's famous songs sung by Candian Folk singer Batsheva and arranged by John Capek. "Cohen" will also feature performances by Kent State music faculty Amitai Vardi, Erin Vaughn, and Jay Dorfman.

Batsheva 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. The second movement of the work is set to the iconic Cohen single "Hallelujah" and is dedicated to the victims of May 4, where three of the four students killed were Jewish.

"'Cohen' is being produced at a time when America is divided, and hateful acts of violence are common," says artistic director Jeffrey Marc Rockland. "With themes of love, desire, isolation, worship, and loss, 'Cohen' is a ballet that celebrates the poetic genius of Leonard Cohen. It is my hope that this work will serve as an artistic prayer for peace and understanding across cultural, religious, racial and sexual differences."

The production team includes costume design by Kim Gapinski, Bailey Gillen, Vickie Mianni, Olivia Vennel, and Elaine Yuen; costume coordination by Ellie Dobry; lighting design by Conal Klementowski, Elizabeth (Liz) Maravola, Alary Sutherland, and Alyssa Tausch; scenic and projection design by Tiffanie Chau-Dang; sound design by Wes Sneed; and technical direction by Steve Sawicki. Michael Herrmann is the production stage manager.


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POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 3:24pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 11:38am