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Kansas City Dance Festival 2014

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This show is definitely recommended. Fri/Sat at Spencer Theater (The Rep's theater, north side of UMKC campus)

Tickets: $20 / $30 / $100 VIP
VIP (seating includes after-party to meet the artists.
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Tempe Ostergren and Kaleena Burks - studio rehearsal
Tempe Ostergren and Kaleena Burks - studio rehearsal above
performance below
Tempe Ostergren and Kaleena Burks

Yumelia Garcia and Lucas Segovia - studio rehearsal
Yumelia Garcia and Lucas Segovia - studio rehearsal - Cave Pas De Deux Le Corsaire

Concert is at the Spencer Theatre - (north side of UMKC campus, theater of The Rep)

Logan Pachciarz and Anthony Krutzkamp, both dancers with Kansas CIty Ballet, are the prime organizers of this festival. Both also shared the role of Dracula at KCB this winter. 2014 brings the second year for the Kansas City Dance Festival concert and with it more organization and more sponsors. Growth. The concert dates are Friday and Saturday night at Spencer Theater (The Rep theater on the UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry street, in the Performing Arts Center).

Here are a few pictures, including some from studio rehearsals. Rehearsals were being held in Bolender Center until this last week when Bolender was not available. So the last three days of studio rehearsal (mon, tue, wed) were held in what is now the Quixotic Studio at the last KCB location of 16th and Broadway, across from Kaufmann Performing Arts Center. On Thursday, they moved into the theater for tech in the afternoon and dress in the evening. Most of the pictures here are from dress.

Kaleena Burks and Craig Hall in Troisième Roue
Kaleena Burks and Craig Hall in Troisième Roue

Gabriel Davidsson - Adagio from “Othello”
Gabriel Davidsson - Adagio from “Othello”

In "The Still Point" Molly Wagner plays a dancer who runs into difficulties with other dancers on stage. In the course of the
narrative she eventually learns to deal with her troubles and is brought back from the brink by Logan Pachciarz's character.

The Still Point - Tempe Ostergren, Geoffrey Kropp, Molly Wagner, Kaleena Burks, Craig Hall
The Still Point - Tempe Ostergren, Geoffrey Kropp, Molly Wagner, Kaleena Burks, Craig Hall

Kaleena Burks, Molly Wagner, Tempe Ostergren in The Still Point
Kaleena Burks, Molly Wagner, Tempe Ostergren in The Still Point

Molly Wagner, Kaleena Burks, Tempe Ostergren in The Still Point
Molly Wagner, Kaleena Burks, Tempe Ostergren in The Still Point


Craig Hall, Geoff Kropp and Molly Wagner in The Still Point

The Still Point (L-R) Tempe Ostergren, Craig Hall, Molly Wagner, Geoffrey Kropp, Kaleena Burks
The Still Point (L-R) Tempe Ostergren, Craig Hall, Molly Wagner, Geoffrey Kropp, Kaleena Burks

Molly Wagner and Logan Pachciarz in The Still Point
Molly Wagner (character in desperate straights) and Logan Pachciarz, his first approach, in The Still Point

Logan Pachciarz and Molly Wagner in "The Still Point" by Todd Bolender - KCDF 2014 is dedicated to Bolender's Memory - studio rehearsal
Logan Pachciarz and Molly Wagner in "The Still Point" by Todd Bolender - KCDF 2014 is dedicated to Bolender's Memory
studio rehearsal above and performance below
Logan Pachciarz and Molly Wagner in "The Still Point" by Todd Bolender - KCDF 2014 is dedicated to Bolender's Memory

James Jordan (KCB ballet master) giving notes to Tempe Ostergren and Craig Hall in "The Still Point" by Todd Bolender - KCDF 2014 is dedicated to Bolender's Memory. James was a caretaker for Todd archivalist of Todd's works, including The Still Point - Bolender Center studio rehearsal
James Jordan (KCB ballet master) giving notes to Tempe Ostergren and Craig Hall in "The Still Point" by Todd Bolender - KCDF 2014 is dedicated to Bolender's Memory. James was a caretaker for Todd archivalist of Todd's works, including The Still Point - Bolender Center studio rehearsal


Performances are dedicated to the memory of
Todd Bolender

Abigail Sheppard in a solo - studio rehearsal
Abigail Sheppard in Mopey, a solo - studio rehearsal

Normally I like to think that I get a decent representation of the piece in my pictures. Always, being present at the performance is the best way to see the show.
But in some cases no picture will really give you any idea of the performance. Abigail's solo is one of those. Stills just don't really begin to show you because
1) there are not that many traditional or standard "dancy" looking positions and poses, as is strongly the case in ballet
2) much of the pleasure of Abigail Sheppard's performance is in the delivery of the choreography, in particular moving from one moment to the next.
She is fast with one movement after another in rapid succession. The still pictures do show those positions but neither her timing nor the move from one to the next
nor her precision in executing the moves. Recommendation: go to the show.

Abigail Sheppard in Mopey
Abigail Sheppard in Mopey

Abigail Sheppard in Mopey
Abigail Sheppard in Mopey

Abigail Sheppard held by Gabriel Davidsson in a duet - studio rehearsal
Abigail Sheppard held by Gabriel Davidsson in Adagio from “Othello”- studio rehearsal

 

Gabriel Davidsson starting on the stage right side for a duet with Abigail Sheppard - studio rehearsal- Adagio from “Othello”
Gabriel Davidsson starting on the stage right side for a duet with Abigail Sheppard - studio rehearsal

On stage, in performance - Adagio from “Othello”

Abigail Sheppard and Gabriel Davidsson chatting with Logan Pachciarz following a run of their duet - studio rehearsal
Abigail Sheppard and Gabriel Davidsson chatting with Logan Pachciarz following a run of their duet - Adagio from “Othello” - studio rehearsal

Yumelia Garcia and Lucas Segovia - studio rehearsal
Yumelia Garcia and Lucas Segovia - studio rehearsal -Cave Pas De Deux Le Corsaire

Logan Pachciarz in "The Still Point" by Todd Bolender - studio rehearsal
Logan Pachciarz in "The Still Point" by Todd Bolender - studio rehearsal

Lucas Segovia and Yumelia Garcia - studio rehearsal
Lucas Segovia and Yumelia Garcia - studio rehearsal - Cave Pas De Deux Le Corsaire

Geoffrey Kropp and Kaleena Burks (front) Craig Hall (behind) and Tempe Ostergren (hidden) - Bolender Center studio rehearsal
Geoffrey Kropp and Kaleena Burks (front) Craig Hall (behind) and Tempe Ostergren (hidden) - Bolender Center studio rehearsal

Abigail Sheppard (left) talks with stage manager (seated) Melinda Dobson. Behind and Yoshi, Logan, Gabriel - studio rehearsal
Abigail Sheppard (left) talks with stage manager (seated) Melinda Dobson. Behind and Yoshi, Logan, Gabriel - studio rehearsal

Keenan McLaren, Jon Upleger in Under the Lights
Keenan McLaren, Jon Upleger in Under the Lights

Kayla Rowser in jete and Mark Alynn Nimmo
Kayla Rowser (2 jetes) and Mark Alynn Nimmo in Under the Lights
Kayla Rowser in jete and Mark Alynn Nimmo
Kayla Rowser in jete and Mark Alynn Nimmo

 

Yumeila Garcia and Lucas Segovia in Cave Pas De Deux Le Corsaire
Yumeila Garcia and Lucas Segovia in Cave Pas De Deux Le Corsaire

Yumeila Garcia and Lucas Segovia in Cave Pas De Deux Le Corsaire
Yumeila Garcia and Lucas Segovia in Cave Pas De Deux Le Corsaire

Owen / Cox - Michael Davis lifting Betty Kondo and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye lifting Jennifer Owen
Owen / Cox - Michael Davis lifting Betty Kondo and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye lifting Jennifer Owen in Long Day" Good Night

Michael Davis lifting Betty Kondo
Michael Davis lifting Betty Kondo in Long Day: Good Night

Owen/Cox - L-R: Jennifer Owen, Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, Michael Davis
Owen/Cox - L-R: Jennifer Owen, Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, Michael Davis in Long Day: Good Night

 

Alexander Peters - a double tour Alexander Peters - a double tour
Alexander Peters - a couple of tours and a jeté in - Flames of Paris
Alexander Peters - jete

Alexander Peters and Laura (Wolfe) Hunt
Alexander Peters and Laura Hunt - Flames of Paris
They were cast together in 2011 for William Whitner's "Tom Sawyer" as Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher.

Laura (Wolfe) Hunt
Laura Hunt - Flames of Paris

On stage before the performance, warming up are Alexander Peters and Laura (Wolfe) Hunt
Alexander Peters and Laura Hunt in Flames of Paris

 

PROGRAM

 

Flames of Paris

Original ChoreographyVasily Vainonen
MusicBoris Asafyev
Costumes Courtesy ofGabriel Davidsson
DancersLaura Hunt, Alexander Peters
 

Mopey

ChoreographyMarco Goecke
Staged ByDaniel Otevrel
MusicCarl Phillip Emanuel Bach
Lighting DesignUdo Haberland
World PremiereMarch 16, 2004, Peter Boal and Company (New York)
DancerAbigail Sheppard
 

Long Day: Good Night

ChoreographyJennifer Owen
MusicBrad Cox
Costume DesignLaura Powell
DancersMichael Davis, Betty Kondo, Jennifer Owen, Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye
 

Cave Pas de Deux from “Le Corsaire”

Original ChoreographyMarius Petipa
MusicAdolphe-Charles Adam
Costumes Courtesy ofJoffrey Ballet
DancersYumelia Garcia, Lucas Segovia
 

The Still Point

ChoreographyTodd Bolender
MusicClaude Debussy
Staged byJames Jordan and Kimberly Cowen
Costumes Courtesy ofKansas City Ballet
DancersMolly Wagner, Kaleena Burks, Tempe Ostergren, Logan Pachciarz, Geoffrey Kropp, Craig Hall
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is
T.S. Eliott ‘Burnt Norton”
 
Todd Bolender chose the first three movements of Claude Debussy’s “String Quartet” when he created “The Still Point” for Dance Drama Company. This modern dance ensemble was part of the Jacob’s Pillow Festival in the summer of 1955. Melissa Hayden and Jacques d’Amboise were featured in the New York City Ballet production the following year. The T.S. Eliott poem “Four Quartets” was the inspiration for this piece, one of Mr. Bolender’s most critically acclaimed works. The ballet suggests the story of a young girl who endures jealousy and rejection by her friends.
 
 
Intermission — 15 minutes
 
 

Troisième Roue

ChoreographyAnthony Krutzkamp
MusicFranz Schubert
Costumes DesignElevé Dancewear
DancersCraig Hall, Kaleena Burks, Yoshiya Sakurai
 

Under The Lights

ChoreographyChris Stuart
MusicJohnny Cash sang by Sugar and the Hi-Lows
Costumes Courtesy ofNashville Ballet
DancersMark Allyn Nimmo, Keenan McLaren, Kayla Rowser, Jon Upleger
 

Adagio from “Othello”

ChoreographyMarina Kesler
MusicArio Part
Costumes Courtesy ofEstonian National Ballet
DancersAbigail Sheppard, Gabriel Davidsson
 

Calling

Choreography:Ma Cong
Staged ByAlexandra Bergman
MusicGoran Bregovió and Kroke
Costumes Courtesy ofKansas City Ballet
DancersTempe Ostergren, Molly Wagner, Laura Hunt, Michael Davis, Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, Yoshiya Sakurai
 

Kansas City Dance Festival

The Company
Founders and co-artistic directorsAnthony Krutzkamp
Logan Pachciarz
Company managerJill Marlow
Stage managerMelinda Dobson
Production and lighting designerTrad Burns
Special advisors to the festival Kyle Danner, Dr. Fred D. Fowler, Nick Mullikin, Ernest Williams, Matthew White
KCDF board of directors Daniel Allen, Dr. David Donovan, David H. Hughes, Eric Weiss
Dancers Kaleena Burks, Rachel Coats, Gabriel Davidsson, Michael Davis, Yumelia Garcia, Craig Hall, Betty Kondo, Geoffrey Kropp, Jill Marlow, Keenan McLaren, Mark Ally Nimmo, Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, Tempe Ostergren, Jennifer Owen, Kayla Rowser, Logan Pachciarz, Alexander Peters, Lucas Segovia, Abigail Sheppard, Jon Upleger, Molly Wagner, Laura Hunt
www.KCDanceFestival.com
P.O. Box 412555
Kansas City, MO 64108
Contact@kcdancefestival .com

Tempe Ostergren and Yoshiya Sakurai in Calling by Ma Cong
Tempe Ostergren and Yoshiya Sakurai in Calling by Ma Cong

Michael Davis and Molly Wagner in Calling by Ma Cong
Michael Davis and Molly Wagner in Calling by Ma Cong

Laura Hunt and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye in Calling by Ma Cong
Laura Hunt and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye in Calling by Ma Cong

Molly Wagner in Calling by Ma Cong
Molly Wagner in Calling by Ma Cong

Front to back: Tempe Ostergren, Michael Davis, Yoshiya Sakurai, Molly Wagner in Calling by Ma Cong
Front to back: Tempe Ostergren, Michael Davis, Yoshiya Sakurai, Molly Wagner in Calling by Ma Cong

Keenan McLaren (jete) and Mark Allyn Nimmo (behind) in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart
Keenan McLaren (jete) and Mark Allyn Nimmo (behind) in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart

Jon Upleger, Keenan McLaren, Mark Allyn Nimmo, Kayla Rowser in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart
Jon Upleger, Keenan McLaren, Mark Allyn Nimmo, Kayla Rowser in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart

Kayla Rowser in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart
Kayla Rowser in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart

Jon Upleger carries Keenan McLaren in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart
Jon Upleger carries Keenan McLaren in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart

Keenan McLaren (front) and Jon Upleger in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart
Keenan McLaren (front) and Jon Upleger in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart

Keenan McLaren (front) and Jon Upleger in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart
Keenan McLaren (front) and Jon Upleger in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart



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