KSU Dance Company invited to perform at the Kennedy Center
Performance is part of The National College Dance Festival
Kennesaw, Ga. – The…
(Apr 10, 2012) —
The company will perform "Rhizome" choreographed by Ivan Pulinkala
, director of the KSU Program in Dance
, with scenic design by Professor of Theatre Ming Chen
and lighting design by Rebecca Makus
, assistant professor of theatre. KSU alumnus Erik Teague (theatre & performance
studies, 2008) designed the costumes for this production. Kenyon Shiver, KSU technical
director, built the set. "Rhizome" was last performed in Atlanta in January during
the "Off the Edge" international dance festival at the Rialto Center.
This is the third successive national invitation for Pulinkala and the KSU Dance Company
– the National College Dance Festival is held every two years. In 2010, the KSU Dance
Company was invited to perform Pulinkala’s "Chakra," at the national festival held
at the Kennedy Center. In 2008, the company performed "Incubus" at the national festival
held at the Miller Theatre in New York City.
"Since its inception, the Program in Dance has strived to be a creative leader in
the Southeast. This national recognition is a tremendous accomplishment for our students
and faculty," says Joseph Meeks
, dean of the College of the Arts.
The Kennesaw State University Program in Dance is housed in the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance
within the College of the Arts. The program was started in fall 2005 under the direction
of Ivan Pulinkala, and has quickly grown into one of the leading undergraduate dance
programs in the Southeast, offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with more than
100 dance majors, a state-of-the-art dance facility, 14 full- and part-time faculty
and national recognitions. This summer, KSU will break ground on the second phase
of the dance facility, adding studio space, a costume shop, a scene shop, a student
lounge and additional faculty offices.
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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 24,100 students from more than 130 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 more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-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 92 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.