Kent State Student Choreographers Highlight New Works in "Roots to Wings"

Showcases original choreography by Kent State dance majors

Kent, OH – Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2017-2018 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: Roots to Wings. The concert will be presented in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts. The concert series runs Fri., March 17 and Sat., March 18 at 7:30 pm and Sun., March 19 at 2:00 pm.


The B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival will  present eight 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. The four graduating B.F.A. choreographers and one B.A. senior dance major will perform a new work entitled “Looped,” choreographed by 2017 B.F.A. Dance Performance alumna, L. Taylor Ashton.


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.  


Graduating senior Laura Wester choreographed “Cross Roads,” an exploration inspired by the choreographer’s personal experiences and movement styles as well as those of her individual dancers. This contemporary modern piece features a soloist supported by an ensemble of three dancers and is set to the music of Pixies and René Aubry. Halle Spero will present “Werk,” a jazz piece that features an ensemble of nine dancers showcasing high performance energy and technical versatility. It is set to the dynamic music composed and performed by Superchumbo and Celeda. 


“Oxygen,”choreographed by Morgan Walker, is inspired by her autobiographical experiences and invites the audience to examine the complexity of human relationships. This contemporary dance comprises three sections and is performed by a trio of women to music composed by Valgeir Sigurosson, Sevdaliza and Jacaszek. Olivia Hulsey’s “In Element” explores the broad and intricate spectrum of human emotions. It is choreographed to the music of composer Ludovico Einaudi and is performed by a quintet of dance majors.


This shared concert also showcases three original Student Dance Festival (SDF) pieces choreographed by the B.F.A. and B.A. junior dance majors: Bridget Langguth, Claire Tilley, and SDF Student Director Briggs Van Sickle. Their choreographic works will offer the audience three unique perspectives, which the choreographers describe as empowering, thought-provoking, and captivating. Themes of feminism, envy, and adoration are conveyed by both performers and choreography. This will be the first time all three choreographers have premiered their own individual work at Kent State, and they are looking forward to the opportunity.


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POSTED: Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 9:48pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 9:58pm