Patrick Neas, The Kansas City Star
Some of Kansas City’s most beloved artists are collaborating for the first time on an original project.
Beau Bledsoe’s Ensemble Iberica and tenor Nathan Granner will provide the music, Jennifer Owen is bringing the choreography, and Owen’s dance company, Owen/Cox Dance, will perform “Danza” Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College.
Ashley Miller, KCMetropolis.com
Owen/Cox presented the world premieres of “Fuga Tanguera” and “What Keeps Mankind Alive” at Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center this past weekend.
Dedicated to creating and performing new music and dance works, Owen/Cox Dance Group hit a high note with its world premiere of What Keeps Mankind Alive over the weekend. Featuring music by Kurt Weill to Bertolt Brecht with arrangements by Brad Cox, the piece highlighted Jennifer Owen’s artistic direction and choreography. An additional world premiere of Fuga Tanguera was also included in the program and incorporated influences of Argentine Tango, Latin dance styles, and contemporary jazz. The Owen/Cox dancers, musicians of Tango Lorca, and vocalist Lucas Pherigo all contributed to what was a successful collaboration and enjoyable showcase of music, theater, and dance by some of Kansas City’s finest artists.
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.
Floyd Gingrich, Examiner
The music of Bach and Hindemith and its coordination with the dancers of the Owens/Cox Dance Group
The name of the program, Sunday June 7, was Ludus Tonalis, (tonal play) Paul Hindemith's 1942 crafted work for piano, which is only one of the last century's responses to Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, as well as Chopin's and Scriabin's 24 Preludes in the 19th Century. In each case, one piece in each cycle represents each step in the chromatic scale. J.S. Bach wrote his opus to demonstrate the usefulness of the well tempered scale, which he invented. As far as is known, this performance is the first choreography set to this Hindemith opus.
Patrick Neas, Special to The Kansas City Star
Choreographer Jennifer Owen and pianist Kairy Koshoeva obviously have a rapport. Koshoeva’s performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations inspired Owen to create some of her most critically acclaimed choreography.
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.