Release Date: February 16, 2009
KSU dance celebrates with "Adumbration"
Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Director of Public Relations, 770-499-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kennesaw, Ga.— The Kennesaw State University Dance Company will perform its spring concert, “Adumbration,” 8 p.m. Feb. 25-28 in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater in the Joe Mack Wilson Building. “Adumbration” features six works by , guest artists and students. The concert marks the launch of the new dance major at KSU, and will feature ballet, modern and jazz choreography. The program promises an evening packed with energy, innovation, and virtuosity.
Opening the program is a contemporary pointe piece titled “Metastasis” that is choreographed by Ivan Pulinkala, director of the KSU dance program. “Quantum Entanglement,” choreographed by Temporary Assistant Professor of Dance Emily Yewell Volin, demonstrates the relationship between and among women, using the theory of quantum physics. Choreography by guest artists include a modern work titled “Adumbration” by Kim Neal Nofsinger, director of dance at Middle Tennessee State University, and “Grid,” a contemporary jazz work by Cecil Slaughter from Washington University at St. Louis.
There will be two performances by student choreographers Myles Johnson and Kelly Hamm. Johnson’s modern piece is called “rEVOLUTION.” Hamm’s piece is titled, “Truth in Pareidolia,” which she will perform to “Salton Sea” by Thomas Newman. Hamm is excited about her involvement in the choreography and says, “The were incredibly helpful with the difficult process of creating a dance.”
“We have great reason to celebrate this year for several reasons,” says Pulinkala. “‘Adumbration”’ celebrates a new era in dance at KSU. This is the first year the bachelor of arts degree in dance will be awarded at KSU.” The dance program accepted 33 dance majors into the first semester. An estimated additional 25-30 majors will be admitted to the fall 2009 semester. Nearly 200 students are enrolled in the curricular offerings of the dance program every semester.
The 38-member KSU Dance Company performs locally, regionally and nationally. The program now holds three annual auditions for students interested in enrolling in the dance major. Auditions for the KSU Dance Company are held at the start of the fall and spring semesters.
The KSU Dance Company is also celebrating its 2008 honor at the American College Dance Festival. The company received top honors at the regional festival, and was selected among over 30 southeast university dance programs to perform at the National American College Dance Festival in New York in June 2008. Pulinkala’s “Incubus” received critical acclaim at the national festival and received a stellar review by national critic and editor-in-chief Wendy Perron in “Dance” Magazine. This year, the KSU Dance Company will perform once again at the 2009 American College Dance Festival, where they will feature Pulinkala’s new ballet, “Metastasis,” as well as “rEVOLUTION” choreographed by senior dance major Myles Johnson.
Tickets for “Adumbration” are $15 and can be obtained at the KSU box office at 770-423-6650 or online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts. Tickets for the final dress rehearsal on Feb. 24 will be available for $10 at the door an hour prior to the performance. More information about the KSU Dance Company is available at www.kennesaw.edu/theatre/dance.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.