KSU students unveiling new dances

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The Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2012-13 production season with the BFA senior dance concert/student dance festival, "Cre-8-tivity." Performances will take place on at 8 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 2 p.m., March 17 in the Louis O. Erdmann and William H. Zucchero Theatre (E.Z. Theatre) located in the Music and Speech Center.

"Cre-8-tivity" showcases new choreography by junior and senior dance performance and dance education majors and minors at Kent State University. In addition, dance performance major and B.F.A. candidate Lauren Kengla-Graber will perform a solo created for her by Assistant Professor Erin LaSala. These premiere performances will offer audience members the opportunity to view original works that showcase the versatility and creativity of the choreographers.

The concert will present a dynamic array of works about overcoming adversity, recognizing important relationships, finding stillness within chaos, and looking for control. Thirty-six dancers will perform in nine different pieces of modern and contemporary choreography.

"The Unknown," choreographed by Lauren Kengla-Graber, B.F.A. candidate and student director, contrasts two couples as their relationships transpire and change as they grow. One relationship will evolve as the couple begins their lives together after college, while the other will experience the dark emotions that come with a break up. The dance reflects the contrasting emotions present in this life-changing experience.

"Color Me," choreographed by SDF Student Director Emily Perrott, encourages the dancers, as well as the audience, to identify the things or people in their lives who keep them going through all of life's continuous battles. Each dancer receives their sense of strength and life through the piece's soloist, who is there to lift them, encourage them and give them their color. Every dancer gets their push from the soloist, just as the color white reflects all colors, giving color to the universe.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for KSU faculty/staff, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students with valid I.D. or under age 18. For tickets or more information, call 330-672-2787 or visit www.dance.kent.edu. Tickets for Kent campus KSU students are free with a valid student I.D. through the box office.

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