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KSU Dancers Premiere Original Works in Two Concerts: BFA Senior Dance Concert and the Student Dance Festival

Posted Jan. 26, 2012

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2011-12 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert: At(ten)tion to Detail. The concert will run March 1-3 in the Louis O. Erdmann and William H. Zucchero (EZ) Black Box Theatre, located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Music and Speech Center. Performances begin at 8 p.m. every evening. Tickets are $8 students, $12 seniors, $14 faculty/staff/KSU alumni and $16 adults. Tickets can be purchased at the box office by calling 330-672-2497 or online at The box office is open weekdays from noon-5p.m. and one hour prior to each performance and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash. Free parking is available and the theatre is fully accessible.

Dance students performing in B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert: At(ten)tion to Detail.At(ten)tion to Detail will offer audience members the opportunity to see original works that demonstrate the versatility and creative choices of ten B.F.A. senior dance performance majors. This concert represents the culmination of their choreographic endeavors at Kent and will present a dynamic array of work addressing a variety of topics using modern and jazz dance.

Jessica Kraft's piece, 27 Million, addresses the dark truth of the existence of masses of enslaved people in the world today. Through dance and video projection, this piece explores the global reality of sex trafficking and forced labor. Miles Davis' words, "Sometimes, you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself" serves as point of departure for Jordan Deckert's jazz dance, Off the 'Hinge.' Jessica Mego's piece, F=ma(le), showcases the strength of women through modern dance choreography inspired by Maya Angelou: "The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination."

Sifting, choreographed by Diane Skerbec, explores the concept of revealing the purest, most genuine form of self, and Michelle Brown's, six miles out, uses a series of vignettes to portray life's overwhewlming moments through humor. Original works by Ebby Howarth, Jessica Elizabeth Kinsey, LaRonica L. Southerland, Sabatino A. Verlezza, and Colleen M. Weiher will round out this vibrant and innovative concert.

To close the concert, the ten graduating senior choreographers will perform together in an excerpt of Pursuit of Happiness, choreographed by modern dance pioneer May O'Donnell. Reconstructed by faculty member Barbara Allegra Verlezza, this piece was created in honor of the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial and is set to the quintessential American music of the Big Band era.

Junior and senior dance performance and dance education majors will debut works in the EZ Theatre at the annual Student Dance Festival: 1 and itself, on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. Drawing from modern, jazz, and hip hop, the choreographers express ideas that are individual and meaningful to them. Audience members are sure to find something they can relate to in this diverse presentation of dance.


For more information contact:
Joan Meggitt, 330-672-0130
Barbara A. Verlezza, 330-672-0125
Kent State University School of Theatre and DAnce