Kent State Student Choreographers Highlight New Works in “(Re) Imagine (Re) Create (Re) Make”

Kent, OH – Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2018-2019 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: “(Re) Imagine, (Re) Create, (Re) Make.” The concert will be presented in the Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. The concert series runs Fri., March 15 and Sat., March 16 at 7:30 pm and Sun., March 17 at 2:00 pm. 


The B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival will present twelve pieces of original choreography created by junior and senior dance majors. The choreographers will present a variety of dance styles, ranging from contemporary to jazz, with topics including personal perspectives and social commentary. In this culminating concert, the student choreographers bring fresh viewpoints to the stage that, in part, reflect their experiences at Kent State University. B.F.A. senior Claire Tilley will perform a new work entitled “Woman on the Verge,” choreographed by assistant professor of dance Gregory King. 


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. 


Tilley will also present her original choreography, “Shock of Nothingness,” an exploration inspired by the concept of nothingness and the belief that one needs to experience having nothing in order to fully appreciate having something.  The dancers will explore the emotional gamut of this challenging and revelatory journey.This contemporary modern piece features a duet performed by two Division dancers and is set to the music of Haydin Calnin. She is honored to have this dance represent Kent State University at the 2019 American College Dance Association Conference held on March 1-4 at Wittenberg University. 


This year the senior BFA class is sharing their concert with the Student Dance Festival. Kent State University’s Student Dance Festival will showcase eleven original pieces choreographed by the University’s BFA and BA junior dance majors: Sydney Banks, Nicole Crowl, Megan Finch, Sophie Gasser, Julia Hauf, Kelsey Lanese, Morgan Messer, Taylor Parker, Talia Rockland, SadieAnn Strouse, and SDF Student Director Hannah Sidol. The choreographers have used different ways to engage the audience, including comical gestures, high spirited movement, and dynamic partnering between dancers. Themes such as anxiety, addiction, and anger are relayed through several of the choreographers’ work and the dancers’ performances. This will be the first time these eleven choreographers have premiered their own individual work at Kent State, and they are looking forward to the opportunity.


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POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:40am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:12am