Kent State Student Choreographers Highlight New Works in “il·lu·mi·nate, 1. to light up.”

B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert and Student Dance Festival Showcases original choreography by Kent State dance students

Note: The 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, March 17 is Sold Out.

Kent, OH – Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2016-2017 production season with “il· lu· mi· nate 1. to light up.,” a weekend of dance comprising two student dance concerts: the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert on Fri., March 17 and Sat., March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., March 18 at 2:00 p.m. and the Student Dance Festival on Sun.,  March 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will take place in the Erdmann-Zucchero Black Box Theatre located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts.

The B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert presents ten pieces of original choreography created by the graduating senior dance majors. The choreographers will present a variety of dance topics ranging from autobiographical stories and personal perspectives to social commentary. The Student Dance Festival will premiere five original pieces choreographed by Kent State dance majors. Each work offers something new and different to the audience while also integrating the choreographers’ personal reflections of 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.

The B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert represents the culmination of the seniors’ choreographic endeavors at Kent State and will offer a dynamic array of work explored through various dance forms from modern to hip-hop. Graduating senior dance majors and minors will close the concert with a performance of “Strange Invisible Perfume,” choreographed and restaged by new dance faculty member, assistant professor Gregory King.

Madison DeLong choreographed “Forth and Back,” an exploration of the juxtaposition of one moving on in life only to be unexpectedly pulled back. She is honored to have this dance represent Kent State University at the 2017 American College Dance Association Conference held on March 25-28 at Kent State University.

“me within youand “You vs. Me vs. Her vs. She,” choreographed by Sarah Ahlswede and L. Taylor Ashton respectively, are two works inspired by the choreographers’ personal experiences and movement styles as well as those of their individual dancers.

Social issues inform the dances of Devan Hayes’ “Virago” and Jordan Penrod’s “Language.” Through the use of music and spoken work, the choreographers grapple with current concerns surrounding women’s rights, immigration and racism.

Original dances choreographed by graduating B.F.A. seniors Ashley Buersmeyer, Michaela Henry, Emily Jean Jarosz, Mackenzie Murray, and Abigail Schneider will round out this creative and diverse concert.

The Student Dance Festival culminating concerts on Sun., March 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. offer audiences a selection of contemporary/modern dance and explore a variety of topics, emotions, and/or social issues. Ideas such as finding the art in imperfections, man against self, optimism and determination, and logic and emotion are conveyed by the performers and the choreography. In addition to the five original student works, the B.F.A. seniors will perform Gregory King’s “Strange Invisible Perfume.”

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 4:44pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 1:03pm
Joni Koneval