KSU guest artist-in-residence Ella Ben-Aharon.

Department of Dance performance runs Nov. 9-12

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 28, 2016) — The Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University presents MELD – an evening of contemporary and classical dance by the KSU Dance Company. Performances will run Nov. 9-12 at 8 p.m. in the Stillwell Theater on the Kennesaw Campus. 

MELD will feature works by KSU Dance faculty McCree O’Kelley, Daniel Gwirtzman and Lisa Lock, as well as guest artist-in-residence Ella Ben-Aharon. 

O’Kelley’s work, “Disquietude,” investigates the physical responses of the body to anxiety. The ballet explores the ways in which stress affects our lives and how we attempt to control it.  

“The Party,” choreographed by Gwirtzman, is a narrative dance depicting a group of friends as they navigate the social dynamics of a gathering. The piece explores situations when intimacy crosses into inappropriate behavior, peeking into the darker side of relationships and the pressures and abuses that can arise in a social context.  

Lock’s work, “Moon Dust,” allows captured memories and fantasies to be relived, shaping the thinker. 

“Hyperselves,” choreographed by Ben-Aharon, is a work that continues her research of interconnectivity, created in collaboration with the dancers. It exists within the delicate tension between the individual and the group through a prism of perspective, resolution, influence and response.  

Ben-Aharon is a 2016-2017 Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist, serving as guest artist-in-residence at KSU’s College of the Arts for the fall semester. Ivan Pulinkala, chair of the Department of Dance, developed a partnership with the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta, which has ultimately led to Ben-Aharon’s residency as well as the establishment of an education-abroad opportunity for dance majors in Tel Aviv. 

For ticket information, please call the KSU Box Office at 470-578-6650 or visit

The Department of Dance is home to the largest collegiate dance program in Georgia, offering a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in ballet and contemporary modern dance.



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