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.
The season begins Sept. 25 and 26 with New Dance Partners, a collaborative effort with Michael Uthoff, artistic director of Dance Saint Louis and Oklahoma City Ballet and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance. The program will include new works by choreographers Brian Enos, Kate Skarpetowska, and Gregory Dawson.
From Oct. 23 to 25 it’s the world premiere of “What Keeps Mankind Alive.” With music by Kurt Weill arranged by Cox, this work will show the more theatrical side of Owen’s choreography. The program also will include contemporary tango.
The classic Faustian ballet “A Soldier’s Tale” will be presented March 19, 2016. Igor Stravinsky’s score will be performed by one of Kansas City’s newest ensembles, NAVO, directed by Shokhrukh Sadikov formerly of the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan.
Closing out the season April 15 and 16 is “Danza: 500 Years of Dance in Spain.” Owen/Cox will be joined by Beau Bledsoe’s Ensemble Iberica for a program of dance from Spain and the New World. Go to OwenCoxDance.org for more.