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Parallel and Intersect at KSU: Dance Faculty Present Diverse Program

Posted Oct. 31, 2011

Kent State Univesity's School of Theatre and Dance will show original choreography by dance faculty members on Dec. 2-4. Dance '11: Parallel+Intersect will be presented at 8 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 2 and Sat., Dec. 3 and at 2 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 4 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located at 1325 Theatre Dr. in the Music and Speech Center. Tickets are $16 Adults, $14 Faculty/Staff/KSU Alumni, $12 Seniors and $8 Students. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office by calling 330-672-2497 or online at Hours are weekdays Noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is available and the theatre is fully accessible.

Dance '11The concert will feature diverse styles of modern dance choreographed by faculty members Kimberly Karpanty, Erin LaSala, Joan Meggitt, Andrea Shearer and Barbara Allegra Verlezza. In addition, the duet "intermittent Agitation" will be performed by Kimberly Karpanty and Joan Meggitt while dance Music Director Bill Sallak will present a performance of John Luther Adams' evocative "Wail."

Dance '11 is collaboration between faculty and students in the School of Theatre and Dance and involves more than 75 performers, designers, faculty members, crew members and staff. The concert will be hosted by Associate Professor Verlezza, who will provide background information and insights about each piece prior to its performance.

"Time! Humor! Humanity! are the inspirations for this year's faculty dance concert, Dance '11: Parallel+Intersect," said Dance Division Director Andrea Shearer.

Comic works include "The Scrimmage," a trio by Erin LaSala set to classical music and based upon young soccer players who warm the bench; and Andrea Shearer's "umbrellapalooza," exploring where real life meets the circus with umbrellas representing everything from career tightropes to individuals' cherished wishes and dreams.

Time factors are important to Joan Meggitt's "Getting Up to Speed" and Erin LaSala's "point-present" which starts a movement timeline and works backward to the beginning.

Exploring the complexities of human relationships is the focus of "Silhouettes," by Barbara Allegra Verlezza, a duet to Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," while Kimberly Karpanty's choreography for the 14 members of the Kent Dance Ensemble finds inspiration in the words of Colin Verarncombe "look at me standing/here on my own again/up straight in the sunshine."


For more information, contact:

Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398