Libby Hanssen, KC Studio
Choreographic Invention, Movement and Ingenuity:
The 2014-2015 Kansas City dance season is winding down, but the coming months continue to offer an array of high-caliber dance performances. This past season featured many plot-based balletic works, but the finale performances concentrate primarily on non-narrative pieces, highlighting movement, choreographic invention and performance ingenuity.
“I find it interesting to create an abstract dance that doesn’t have to be about a story,” said Jennifer Owen, co-artistic director and choreographer for Owen/Cox Dance Group. “Through the use of the human body and through the relationships the dancers have with each other, the movement tells a story in itself – the viewer can interpret it however he or she wants. There is meaning to be found in that.”
Owen/Cox Dance Group premieres two works for their season closer in UMKC’s White Hall June 7. They’ll perform the first fully choreographed version of Paul Hindemith’s contrapuntal masterpiece Ludus Tonalis with pianist Kairy Koshoeva as well as an interpretation of J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 3 with violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane.