Kennesaw State Dance Company to present “Paquita + lll”
The evening features new contemporary, modern and classical ballets
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(Nov 15, 2011) —
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KENNESAW, Ga.(Nov. 15, 2011) —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.
for the performance are $20 for general admission and $12 for KSU students. For more
information, visit the KSU box office
or call 770-423-6650.
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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.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.