Howard County-based, professional Kinetics Dance Company unveils bold new work with its season-opening performance, IGNITE, at 8pm on Saturday evening, November 4th at Columbia’s Slayton House Theatre. IGNITE features four charged premiers and select returning repertory.
With each new piece in this compelling collection the choreographers speak through their craft. IGNITE delivers modern dance with a voice that bellows from the stage. Artistic Director Lauren Tait debuts a potent new work, Drawn; her cast of six evoking the strength and courage of women warriors throughout history. It’s All The Same, by guest artist Ken Skrzesz, explores sound and movement themes connected with specific religious beliefs, from newest to oldest, and celebrates commonalities among them. Permeating Presence, by LucidBeings Dance, examines the magnitude of existence and the brief meeting of consciousness and physicality that creates life. It is the journey of 4 energies materializing, collecting, building, and dissolving through this fleeting moment. Working with a joint cast of student and professional dancers, Kinetics Apprentice Company Director Alex J. Krebs launches a new piece based on American feminine ideals and expectations about looking pretty in public. In pointed contrast, the piece’s movement pits the elegant against the grotesque. Rounding out the program are Mariah Appleton’s shadowy A Quiet Darkness, Tait’s Chrysalis, which explores states of sleep and wakefulness on deepening levels, and a restaging of an excerpt from Tait’s 2015 Urge set on a powerful full company cast of women.
About us: Kinetics Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization devoted to the development of contemporary dance as a vital art form within the community through performance, education, and outreach. KDT houses the professional Kinetics Dance Company, Kinetics School of Contemporary Dance, and four student performing companies. Kinetics Dance Theatre receives support from Howard County Arts Council through a grant from the Howard County Government, the Community Foundation of Howard County, Maryland State Arts Council (on the web at msac.org), and the National Endowment for the Arts.