Season continues with Kent Dance Ensemble 2016: Skin & Bones

Concert features works by faculty and guest artists

Kent, Ohio - Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the Kent Dance Ensemble’s annual main stage concert Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in E. Turner Stump Theatre located in the Center for 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, $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.

As the School of Theatre and Dance’s pre-professional student dance company, the Kent Dance Ensemble gives its members experiences that will prepare them for careers as professional dancers, choreographers, educators, advocates and scholars. In addition to the main stage concert each season, the Kent Dance Ensemble also educates K-12 students with lecture-demonstration performances and movement workshops and has performed for special events, festivals, symposiums and conferences on campus, in the region and throughout the nation.

Kent Dance Ensemble: Skin & Bones showcases jazz, modern, contemporary and ballet choreography by Kent State University dance faculty members and guest artists

The concert opens with Rekonstruktion, a piece by 2015-2016 Armstrong Family Visiting Artist Stephanie Martinez. Rekonstruktion is a dynamic and intensely danced contemporary piece that explores issues of women’s identity, ego and conformity within expectations of society.

Thoughts, by KSU dance alumna and German artist Emily Jeffries is an excerpt of a larger work titled “Dinosaurs.” Pendulum-like momentum carves through space, and there is apparent joy, charisma and sense of mystery that builds throughout the piece, filling the theatre’s atmosphere with a palpable energy.

Dance faculty member Tanya Mucci’s French-inspired premiere, Nouvelles Rencountres (Fresh Encounters) closes the first half with wit, play, and a message to live in a state of flexibility and curiosity in order to be open to fresh encounters that may inspire change.

Frost Heave refers to the sudden and powerful cracking of the earth that occurs under extreme cold.  Assistant professor of dance Joan Meggitt's choreography features a quartet of dancers that alternately cleave together and break apart.  The non-stop dance is set to a live performance by guest musicians Akros Percussion Collective of the intense and feverishly- paced "Drums of Winter" from John Luther Adams’ Earth and the Great Weather.

New dance division coordinator Jeffrey Marc Rockland brings a new version of his work performed by Kent State dance students in Bangkok, Thailand earlier this year.  “When I dance, it is all that I do; I breathe and live it and little else matters. And, if you’re not coming home, I’ll be dancing alone.”  This theatrical piece brings ballet pointe work to the Kent Dance Ensemble repertory for the first time, showcasing the versatility of the performers.

Skin & Bones closes with all 14 members of the Kent Dance Ensemble performing artistic director Kimberly Karpanty’s CRASH | RIDE, a concert jazz piece titled after the names of two of the symbols found on a drum kit. Karpanty was inspired by the energy and vibe of two percussion pieces composed and played by Jason Marsalis, and by the distinctive personalities and “personal coolness” of the 14 dancers of the 2015-2016 Kent Dance Ensemble.

For more information on the Kent Dance Ensemble, please contact Artistic Director Kimberly Karpanty at 330-672-0127 or


POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2016 12:27 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2023 08:23 PM