Posting Date: October 24, 2011
Kennesaw State Dance Company to present “Paquita + lll”
The evening features new contemporary, modern and classical ballets
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Dance Company will present “Paquita+lll,” Nov. 16-19 at 8 p.m. in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater. In addition to the ballet classic, “Paquita,” staged by Reiko Kimura, the performance will feature three original works by artist-in-residence Lauri Stallings, assistant professor Sandra Parks, and program director Ivan Pulinkala.
Set in Napoleonic Spain, “Paquita” depicts the love story between a young gypsy girl and a dashing French officer. The first version of the ballet premiered in 1847 for the Paris Opera. The KSU Dance Company will be performing the 1881 version, which originally premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg. This re-staging is presented in collaboration with the Atlanta Ballet.
“The performance will showcase the versatility of our program, spanning a range of classical and contemporary repertoire,” explains Pulinkala, director of the Program in Dance.
The evening will conclude with three new contemporary world premieres. Each work reflects the distinctive style of the choreographer – from modern dance to contemporary ballet. “My work this year is inspired by Chinese calligraphy and will incorporate video work,” explains Parks, who choreographed the modern dance performance. “The movements are also inspired by the energy of writing Chinese calligraphy.”
The KSU Program in Dance was started as a dance minor in 2005. In January 2009, the program launched the Bachelor of Arts degree in dance that currently enrolls more than 100 dance majors. The program has garnered a national reputation at the American College Dance Festival, and the KSU Dance Company has been invited to represent dance programs in the southeastern United States for two consecutive national years, performing in New York City in 2008 and at the Kennedy Center in 2010.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 24,100 students from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.