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Kent State School of Theatre and Dance presents evening of faculty choreography in Dance ’13: This Time

Posted Nov. 13, 2013

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance continues its 100th Anniversary celebration with an evening of choreography created by dance faculty members. "Dance '13: This Time" will be presented at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22-23 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in the E. Turner Stump Theatre, 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Music and Speech). For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at www.dance.kent.edu or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby at 1325 Theatre Drive, Monday – Friday, Noon to 5 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Kent State University alumni, faculty and staff, $12 for seniors (60+) and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $8.  Tickets for full-time, Kent campus undergraduates are free of charge.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $10 per person.  The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash.

The concert highlights the versatility and diverse artistic approaches of KSU dance faculty members Kimberly Karpanty, Erin LaSala, Joan Meggitt, Andrea Shearer, Danielle Stevens and Barbara Allegra Verlezza and Guest Artist choreographer Leanne Schmidt. 

Over 75 dancers, designers, faculty members, crew members and staff are involved in the semester-long collaboration to bring these choreographic concepts to their fullest artistic expression. A number of dance alumni students and faculty will serve as Guest Emcees and introduce individual dances during the concert.

Leanne Schmidt's "Chew it up/Spit it Out" is a rousing comic work performed by members of Travesty Dance group (TDG) which includes KSU Associate Professor/TDG Artistic Director Kimberly Karpanty, KSU Associate Professor, Actor and Director Eric van Baars, and KSU alumni Michelle Brown ('12), Ebby Howarth ('12), Jennifer Sandoval ('99), and Shannon Sefcik ('03). 

An original score by Greg D'Alessio provides the music for Joan Meggitt's "The World Above Us (Excerpts)" which was originally performed by Antaeus Dance company, of which Professor Meggitt is the Artistic/Managing Director. 

In excerpts from Barbara Allegra Verlezza and Sabatino Verlezza's "Celestial Celebration," the majestic music of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" is used to support this work inspired by the Greek and Roman myths of the planets and performed by a cast of thirteen student dancers. 

The evocative "Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 41: Cherubikon" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky frames the choreography in Kimberly Karpanty's "Time/Bomb," a theatrical response to a tragic event where the community response is critical to healing and the return of hope and joy.         

Honoring the role of pure abstraction in the constant shifting of human relationships, Erin LaSala's new work is set to "The Things Left Unsaid" by Tarab Cello Ensemble.

Reminding us that inspiration lurks all around us, Andrea Shearer and Danielle Stevens collaborated with eleven dancers to create a work inspired by a common fascination with...caffeine!  The choreographers of "Java Jive, Java Jitter" challenge audiences to see themselves as an integral component of this work, which is set to early jazz works played by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Cab Calloway's Cotton Club Orchestra.

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For more information contact:
Joni Koneval, jkoneval@kent.edu, 330-672-0116