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Kent Dance Ensemble 2012 "BREAK OUT!"

Posted Feb. 24, 2012

School of Theatre and Dance's pre-professional dance ensemble presents annual concert

KDE 2012

On March 30, 31 and April 1, 2012, Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will present the Kent Dance Ensemble's annual main stage concert, BREAK OUT! The popular concert will be performed in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Music and Speech building at 1325 Theatre Drive on Kent State's main campus. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. A complimentary reception will take place after the Saturday, March 31 performance. To reserve tickets, please call the School of Theatre and Dance Box Office at (330) 672-2497 between 12 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or reserve tickets online at General adult admission is $16; $12 for seniors, KSU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 for students with a valid ID.

The pre-professional student dance company boasts 14 dancers from both the performance/choreography and dance education programs who will be performing new and revitalized dances by KSU Dance Faculty and Guest Artists from New York City, Cleveland, Ohio and Eugene, Oregon. The concert opens with a powerful trio choreographed by alumna of the dance division, Jennifer Sandoval Eccher '99, founder and director of Marquez Dance Project based in Cleveland. "Inner Drum" explores the beat within our bodies created through breath and heartbeat. The dance celebrates our individuality and how we extend our energy toward each other and through the space around us. Assistant Professor Erin LaSala's "decline, rise, remain" is an examination of relationships and demonstrates LaSala's commitment to exploring human interaction and the reasons people are brought together, both mentally and physically. Assistant Professor Joan Meggitt restages guest artist Holly Labbe's "FFA: Fairy Flight Academy," a delightful dance about four over-sized fairies attempting to earn their wings. Labbe's movement combines the elegant with the awkward in a team effort sure to charm young and old alike.

Guest artists Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner presents "Southern and Baseline," a concert jazz piece for eight women inspired by clarinetist Don Byron and Ensemble playing familiar jazz standards. The two young men in the Ensemble travelled to New York City last August for an intensive residency that results in the challenging solo created by guest artist Peter Kyle. "Return: in parts" evolved out of an exploration of the performative relationship between rhythm, sound, motion and human endurance. The concert closes with all 14 members of the Kent Dance Ensemble in Artistic Director Kimberly Karpanty's up straight in the sunshine, a work examining individual courage and identity with a group. A score by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds transports the audience.


For further information on more of the Ensemble's upcoming performances and educational outreach programs, please contact:

Artistic Director Kimberly Karpanty,, 330-672-0127