Libby Hanssen, Special to the Kansas City Star
New Dance Partners is the type of programming that, while risky, has its reward: a presentation of wholly new art that challenges and inspires.
Commissioned by the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, there is nothing quite like it on the region’s dance calendar. Three world premieres were presented Friday night in Yardley Hall.
Lee Hartman, KCMetropolis
Now in its third incarnation, 'New Dance Partners,' hosted by the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, brings together the talents of Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, and new this year, the Oklahoma City Ballet, for two performances on September 25 and 26.
For the past two seasons, "New Dance Partners" has offered inspired collaboration between Kansas City’s dance companies. In this third iteration, hosted again by the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College on September 25 and 26, the talents of Owen/Cox Dance Group and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company will be joined by the Oklahoma City Ballet.
Patrick Neas, Special to The Kansas City Star
It’s always exciting to find out what ideas are percolating between choreographer Jennifer Owen and her husband, composer Brad Cox.
Owen/Cox Dance, the duo’s contemporary dance company, has just announced its 2015-16 season and it’s as intriguing and mind-expanding as you would expect from these two creative artists.
Calvin Wilson, KC Studio
The critically acclaimed Owen/Cox Dance Group teams up with leading choreographer Kate Skarpetowska in fall performance at JCCC.
Kansas City’s Owen/Cox Dance Group brings to the stage an intriguing blend of classical and contemporary influences. But perhaps more importantly, the company pursues that approach while striking a balance between profundity and fun.