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TranscenDANCE at KSU

Posted Oct. 19, 2010

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will present choreography by dance faculty members on December 3-5. "Dance '10: TranscenDANCE" will be presented at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3-4 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 in E. Turner Stump Theatre in KSU's Music and Speech Center. Ticket prices range from $8 to $16 and may be reserved with credit cards by calling the Box Office at 330-672-2497 or through

Modern dance and jazz works by Kimberly Karpanty, Erin LaSala, Joan Meggitt, Andrea Shearer and Erin Smith will be featured, along with "Family Portraits: Delbert," a performance piece created by Stuart Saunders Smith that integrates pre-recorded music and text spoken by percussionist Bill Sallak, the Dance Music Director. Guest choreography by Sabatino Verlezza will be staged by Barbara Allegra Verlezza, and both artists will be performing the roles they originated in "Tobi Roppo" 25 years ago. The couple's son, Sabatino Alexander, a dance performance major, is also assisting in setting the choreography for this piece which was originally inspired by the 40th anniversary observations of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that ended the Second World War.

The theatre is located on the corner of Theatre Drive off Horning Road in Kent. Ample free parking is available and the theatre is fully accessible.

Dancers Demonstrate Versatility

Dance majors and minors will be challenged with wide-ranging choreographic and performance demands. The Miles Davis and John Coltrane interpretation of "Someday My Prince Will Come" provides the musical backdrop for an expressive jazz quintet by Kimberly Karpanty, while the Kent Dance Ensemble reflects the jubilation of Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Mandolins, in Andrea Shearer's "Rainbow Concerto." Joan Meggitt's new work contrasts calm and frantic energies and is set to an electronic score by Easy Worship Operator, while "Determination," a work by local artist David Bryan Lile, provided the inspiration for Erin LaSala's "Wherever You Stand, There You Are." Erin Smith's exploration into contrasting individual and group movements will be danced to music by "The Strange Familiar," a group most recently seen on "America's Got Talent."

A Joint Effort

Dance '10 is collaboration between faculty and students in the Dance and Theatre Divisions and involves more than 75 dancers, designers, faculty members, crew members and staff. The concert will be hosted by Theatre Instructor Katherine Burke, who will provide background information and insights about each piece prior to its performance.


Contact Information:
Effie Tsengas, 330-672-8398,