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Kent choreographers 'illuminate' new work

Twinsburg graduate Devan Hayesorchestrates a dance in concert

From Staff Reports Published: March 22, 2017 12:00 AM

KENT -- Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance continued its 2016-17 production season with "il° lu° mi° nate 1. to light up.," a weekend of dance comprising two student dance concerts: the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert March 17 and 18; and the Student Dance Festival March 19.

Twinsburg High School graduate and KSU senior Devan Hayes choreographed a piece in the senior dance concert.

Both concerts took place in the Erdmann-Zucchero Black Box Theatre at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts, on the KSU campus.

The B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert presented 10 pieces of original choreography created by the graduating senior dance majors. Choreographers presented a variety of dance topics ranging from autobiographical stories and personal perspectives to social commentary. The Student Dance Festival premiered five original pieces choreographed by Kent State dance majors. Each work offered something new and different to the audience while also integrating the choreographers' personal reflections of their experiences at Kent State University.

The B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert represented the culmination of the seniors' choreographic endeavors at Kent State and offered a dynamic array of work explored through various dance forms from modern to hip-hop. Graduating senior dance majors and minors closed the concert with a performance of "Strange Invisible Perfume," choreographed and restaged by new dance faculty member, assistant professor Gregory King.

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Social issues informed the dances of Hayes' "Virago" and Jordan Penrod's "Language."

Through the use of music and spoken work, the choreographers grapple with current concerns surrounding women's rights, immigration and racism. Original dances choreographed by graduating B.F.A. seniors Ashley Buersmeyer, Michaela Henry, Emily Jean Jarosz, Mackenzie Murray, and Abigail Schneider rounded out this creative and diverse concert.

For more information on the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert and Student Dance Festival, visit www.kent.edu/theatredance.

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