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August 17, 2016 (Hudson, OH) < DOWNLOAD PDF >
Real Edge Dance Company (aka: RED) will present its Sixth Season annual fall concert entitled “PRISM” October 14,15,16, 2016 at the Paul A. Daum Theater in Akron, Ohio. The concert will feature premier modern dance works by RED Artistic Director Kelli Sanford and Guest Dance Artist Damien Highfield (professional dancer with Groundworks Dance Theater), as well as the return of two dance works from prior seasons of RED that will be performed by company dancers Kelli Sanford, Chelsea Shump, Mary Vaccani, Darcie Lemons, Karina Browne, Kaylee Behringer, as well as one dance work that will feature community dancers of all ages in a special collaborative outreach project.
The premiere of “Flowers” choreographed by RED Artistic Director, Kelli Sanford, set to the music of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Two Guys and a Piano’s “Rockabel” is a beautiful visual interpretation of flowers blossoming. The work designed for 4 dancers begins with adagio choreography that is a representation of floral growth with the latter part of the work turning into a celebration of floral beauty and energy. Also included on the program is the return of Sanford’s dark, psychological dance work “Secrets” that premiered in 2015. Set to the original musical score by RED Resident Composer Jonathan Monacelli, this work set for 3 dancers is the depiction of the subconscious thoughts that plague one’s mind, and the battle of taming such thoughts and fears so that they do not take over one’s sanity. This work with its bold movement and stark, sharp lighting creates striking images of the struggles of the soloist who is surrounded by two dancers clad in faceless black masks representing her “subconscious thoughts” as they circle and encroach upon her space. The concert will also feature a new work by Guest Artist Damien Highfield, who is a professional dancer with Groundworks Dance Theater
Lastly, the finale dance work is RED’s 2011 original work entitled “The Natural Being.” This dance work is a visual representation and highlight of the land of Australia and the Aboriginal culture. Sanford traveled to Australia in 2007 by receiving the prestigious “Pancoast Award” from Case Western Reserve University at the conclusion of her graduate career while earning her MFA in Contemporary Dance that provided her the opportunity to study and explore the land of Australia and dance. The dance work represents the energy of the environment and the strong spirituality and human-nature community that is practiced within the Aboriginal culture. As part of this dance, RED has invited 7 community members whose ages range from 11-55 years old to learn this dance work and perform alongside the professional dancers of RED. This special educational outreach opportunity that RED offered to the community to audition for earlier in late April 2016, provides these community dancers a chance to gain the experience of being on the ‘other ‘side of attending a dance performance with them being a “performer” and not just an audience member. The work will provide these community dancers the experience of a professional rehearsal setting with only having 10 rehearsal sessions to learn the work, a performance opportunity, and the chance to share their passion of dance with the audience and Greater Akron community.
“PRISM” will be performed Friday October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm; Saturday October 15, 2016 at 7:30pm; and Sunday October 16, 2016 at 3:00pm. Tickets are sold at the door, general admission $20.00, students & senior citizens $15.00. The Paul A. Daum Theater is located on the main campus of The University of Akron. To learn more about RED please visit www.RealEdgeDance.org and contact ksanford@RealEdgeDance.org “PRISM” and Real Edge Dance Company are generously supported by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Akron Community Foundation, and private patrons.
The RED Dance Center’s RED School of Modern Dance now entering its second year is offering modern and ballet technique classes for community members of all ages. Community members interested in classes should contact Kelli Sanford at ksanford@RealEdgeDance.org to register. Fall classes begin September 6, 2016.
September 1st, 2015 (Hudson, OH)
RED Company real.edge.dance, currently in its Fifth Season, will present its annual concert series entitled “HORIZONS” this fall, October 16, 17, and 18, 2015, at the Paul A. Daum Theatre in Akron, Ohio. The program will include the world premiere dance work created by RED Artistic Director, Kelli Sanford “SECRETS”, a dark emotional representation of the sub-conscious mind and how we battle our own thoughts of good and evil. Original music created by composer Jonathan Monacelli. Another world premier will be “TANGO REX” choreographed by RED dancer Chelsea Shump.
Also on the program is the return of “AVALANCHED HEART,” a solo that expresses the emotional highs and lows of relationships; “THE SOCIAL ORDER,” a work that explores the societal issue of bullying in today’s youth; and “EXPLODING ATOMS,” a quirky and intricate work that is a representation of the formation of atoms and molecules. RED will also be presenting “EXPLODING ATOMS” on October 24, 2015 at the Great Lakes Science Center as part of the center’s “Chemistry Colors Our World” weekly event.
RED has a full schedule of outreach performances to local nursing homes throughout Summit and Stark counties. From August to December 2015, RED will perform at nine nursing homes: The Merriman, Canton McKinley, Altercare of Cuyahoga Falls, Loranttffy Care Center, Sumner Concordia, Hudson Elms, Pine Valley Care Center, Doylestown Care Center, and Summa Villa Nursing Center. Since 2011 RED has performed and visited more than 30 nursing homes in its mission of bringing professional and inspiring modern dance to the elderly community.
Lastly, the RED Dance Center, home of the company and the new RED School of Modern Dance, offers Technique Classes in modern and ballet as well as upcoming Master Classes with guest artists starting September 8, 2015. To register and find out more information about classes please visit www.RealEdgeDance.org or email ksanford@RealEdgeDance.org. The RED Dance Center is located at 1691 Georgetown Road Suite H, Hudson, Ohio 44236.
RED’s fifth season projects and newly founded RED Dance Center is supported by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, GrayMatter Design, and private patrons.
February 28th, 2015 (Akron, OH)
RED Company real.edge.dance will present “SKINS,” a unique, educational performing arts event that will explore the topic of eating disorders and body image struggles of female and male genders in today’s society. RED is collaborating with professionals from the Cleveland Eating Disorders Center located in Beachwood, Ohio to present and educate the community about the various issues associated with eating disorders and body image. This special event will involve a performance of the powerful modern dance work “SKINS,” choreographed by Artistic Director, Kelli Sanford and the presentations of educational lectures by the professional of the Cleveland Eating Disorders Center on the various subtopics within eating disorders to deliver factual information on what is an eating disorder, how they start, and how to obtain help to recover from such disorders. “SKINS” is a free event to the community for all ages.
This event is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, and Akron Community Foundation.
November 6th, 2014 (Akron, OH)
RED Company real.edge.dance Stages FREE Performance and Educational Program
to be held February 15, 2015, at 2:00 pm at Akron Summit County Public Library Auditorium Main Branch
RED presents “SKINS,” a unique educational performing arts event that explores the topics of eating disorders and negative body image of both female and male genders in today’s society. RED collaborates with professionals from The Emily Program, located in Beachwood, Ohio, to inform and educate the community about the struggles associated with eating disorders and body image. This special event includes a performance of the powerful modern dance work “SKINS,” choreographed by Artistic Director, Kelli Sanford. The dance performance is followed by an educational presentation by The Emily Program, delivering factual information on eating disorders and how they start, and how to obtain help and achieve recovery. “SKINS” is an all-ages event, FREE and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, and Akron Community Foundation. For more information contact Kelli Sanford. For more information on The Emily Program visit www.emilyprogram.com.
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