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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.
The Owen/Cox Dance Group will present the duo’s latest collaboration Sunday at White Recital Hall. The program features the world premiere of “Ludus Tonalis,” set to Paul Hindemith’s monumental piano score, and Bach Partita No. 3, with violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane as violin soloist.
Translated as “Play of Tones” or “Tonal Game,” “Ludus Tonalis” is considered Hindemith’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” The music’s elaborate patterning should lend itself well to Owen’s inventive choreography. Koshoeva will perform Hindemith’s highly contrapuntal score live. Stick around after the performance for a free “artist talk” at 3:45 p.m. Owen is articulate and entertaining when describing her art and creative process.
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