Redfern Arts Center announces an exciting 2014-15 season of diverse performances such as a hot salsa fete with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a Halloween screening of the classic silent film Phantom of the Opera with live music, and a special tribute concert to Bob Dylan. The new season, which runs from September 2014 to April 2015, explores a variety of subjects ranging from Double Edge Theatre’s family circus parade through 20th century history, to a collaborative dance work by Robert Moses’ Kin company that looks at American liberation movements, to the British ensemble Voice singing a concert of love-inspired music. Other highlights that are sure to engage and entertain include the return of choreographer Adele Myers with a new dance based on Einstein’s happiest thought, and a multi-media work in which performer Miwa Matreyek moves within a video-projected world. The season also includes the participatory theatrical work City Council Meeting which invites the audience to act as Mayor, council members, and concerned citizens. There’s also a one-person show Dogs of Rwanda about amissionary who can’t forget his experiences in that country.
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September 12: Season Kick-off Party
included excerpts from
De-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks by season artists Sandglass Theater; Falling Under, a dance choreographed by student Gabriella Pacheco ‘14 for An Evening of Dance 2013; two musical works by Music Faculty Daniel Carberg, tenor; and José Lezcano, guitar; and ended with excerpts from The Main Street Project, a dance in progress by Arena Dances.
See a party video.

September 9 to 12: Arena Dances in residency at the Redfern
. Mathew Janczewski’s Arena Dances, a Minneapolis-based dance troupe, was in residence to work on a new dance with community and campus members. Dancers from KSC’s Dance Program, MoCo Arts in Keene, and senior citizens enrolled in the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning worked with Arena Dances on The Main Street Project. Arena Dances’ inter-generational residency culminated with a performance of excerpts of The Main Street Project at the Redfern’s Season Kick-off Party on Sept. 12.
View video of residency activities

September 20: Donal Fox Inventions Trio
took jazz and classical music to new heights in a concert that wowed the audience. One patron said: "I'm sure I’m not the only one to be sending rave reviews for the concert on Friday night!  Wow!  There are many great experiences at the Redfern to be sure, but this was  . . . I don’t have words for it!"
Donal Fox also presented a masterclass to music students earlier that afternoon and stayed after the concert to sign CDs in the lobby.
See a video montage.

October 2:
The Word Belcomes Flesh ensemble was in residency for several days surrounding their October 2 spoken word performance which looked at pregnancy from a black single father's perspective using poetry, music, and hip-hop dance. The Living Word Project actors participated in two free community programs and led workshops with Keene State departments. "Absolutely, entirely powerful. Thank you for an an exquisite performance (and awesome workshop!)" wrote Amie in the Redfern's guest book.
Watch what happened.

October 15: Pilobolus Dance Theater
with KSC alumnus Shawn Ahern sold out the 600 seat Main Theatre with an amazing concert of astounding dance. "Been waiting to see Pilobolus for many years. I knew you were good, but I was blown away by how fabulous you were," wrote a patron on Redfern's Post-It wall. Pilobolus dancers interacted in other ways by presenting a “Building the Body Alphabet” community workshop for families; Shawn led a masterclass for KSC dance students; and the entire dance troupe stayed after the show to meet patrons in the lobby. See the body alphabet photo on the Redfern's Facebook page.

November 5 & March 10-13:
City Council Meeting, a participatory theatrical work was introduced by playwrights Aaron Landsman and Mallory Catlett, during the 2013 KSC Symposium on Nov. 5..
Landsman and Catlett returned to Keene March 10-13 to meet with local public officials and members of the Keene State community to learn more about how local issues might shape the City Council Meeting performance scheduled Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Heberton Hall in Keene as part of the Redfern's 2014-15 season.

November 6: Debo Band
brought people to their feet dancing to the beat of Ethiopian funk. Prior to the concert, Debo Band led an “Introduction to Ethiopian Music” open workshop and had a flash jam outside the Dining Commons, where a dinner meal of Ethiopian food was served. The 11-member band paid a visit to the Child Development Center on campus where toddlers asked about the many instruments they played including an accordion and sousaphone. The evening ended with band members signing CDs in the lobby where art students had created a wall mural of Ethiopian-inspired art. Watch them jump and jive.

November 18 and January 27: Rebecca Stenn,
the Redfern Arts Center’s 2013-14 choreographer-in-residence, presented an Improvisation Movement Workshop for dancers and the general public on November 18 as part of a residency visit to Keene State November 15 to18 when she auditioned KSC dancers and finalized a new dance for An Evening of Dance in spring 2014. Stenn, who directs her own modern dance company, returned to Keene State January 27 to perform a solo dance concert, Time I Know, and stayed after the show for a discussion about her new work with the audience. View clip of residency activities.

January 31 and February 1: Cirque Alfonse
shared their daring acrobatics with students at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, Vt. on Friday, Jan. 31 in conjunction with the Quebec circus troupe's Feb. 1 performance. The Redfern sponsored a Best Beards at Keene State College contest and winners were announced from the stage prior to the start of the show with a photo exhibit of all 45 beard entries on display in the lobby. Winners are: Best Real Beard First Place Aaron Taub; Honorable Mention Dylan Renner; Most Creative Beard First Place Alex Davis; Honorable Mention Chloe Edmonds and Johanna DeBari.
See the nonstop action.

February 4:
Doug Elkins, an award-winning choreographer, led a dance master class the morning of his dance troupe's performance of the premiere of his new work Hapless Bizarre, which was paired with Mo(or)town/Redux. Maura Keefe, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival scholar-in-residence, presented a pre-show talk about Mo(or)town/Redux and joined Elkins and one of his dancers after the show for a post-show discussion and reception about Hapless BIzarre.
View video montage.

Feb. 21 & 22: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem had the younger crowd dancing and clapping to American roots music and then after the show the musicians showed youngsters how to make their own harmonica with popsicle sticks and twisty ties. The performance was a collaboration with the Keene State College Child Development Center, where Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem percussionist and veteran teacher Scott Kessel led a recycled instruments show-and-tell workshop the day before the family music concert. Watch the fun!

Feb. 21 & March 4: Sandglass Theater
artists remained after the performance of
D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks to let audience members view and touch the puppets on stage. They discussed how they created the puppet theater show about dementia using a process called Timeslips which allowed people with late-stage dementia to tell their own stories without worrying about reason or logic. Sandglass actors explained the Timeslips process to students in the KSC Nursing Program during a Feb. 27 class. See what happened.


MEMBERS GET BIG REWARDS. Redfern Circle Members receive 10%, 15% or 20% discounts based on level of membership purchased. Click here to learn how to become a member.

ALUMNI RECEIVE A BREAK. KSC Alumni receive a $5-$10 discount on Redfern tickets with a valid Alumni ID. Just show your alumni card at the box office.

CARPOOL TO A REDFERN PERFORMANCE. Want to save money and help Keene stay green by reducing auto pollution and traffic congestion? If you share a ride with someone outside your immediate family to attend a Redfern performance, you receive a 20% discount to that event or another or your choice. Post or seek rides to the arts via the free, online Rideboard at Divide the ride and carpool with someone else who enjoys the performing arts.

DINNER AND A SHOW. Enhance your evening at the Redfern Arts Center with a delicious meal in Keene before the show! The Redfern is partnering with five local restaurants – Elm City Brewing Company, McCue's, Nicola’s Trattoria, The Pub, and Ramuntos – to offer a 10% meal discount for ticket holders on the night of each performance. Just present your Redfern ticket to any of the five locations listed below to receive the discount.


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Music Department
Concerts and Recitals in April
The Music Department presents numerous Faculty/Guest Artists Recitals and Students Ensemble concerts during the month of April. For a complete list of concerts
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For more details about who will be peforming and what's on the program, check the Music Department's
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Tickets: $10-$5, $5 KSC students, unless otherwise noted

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Theatre and Dance Department presents
An Evening of Dance
Marcia Murdock directs this showcase of original works by faculty and student choreographers to include a premiere by New York choreographer and 2013-14 Redfern Choreographer-in Residence, Rebecca Stenn.
Wed.-Sat., April 23-26, 7:30 p.m. , Main Theatre
.Tickets: $10-$8, $6 KSC students

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MoCo Arts Teen Theatre presents
A hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale about a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. This musical captivated Broadway audiences with the energetic pop-influenced score by three-time Oscar®-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, which bursts with one show stopping number after another.
Sat., May 3, 7 p.m. , Main Theatre
.Tickets: $20 adults; $14 seniors & students

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NHDI presents the 2014 Event of the Year
The Extraordinary Life of Jack Mariposa
Over 300 dancers from 10 area schools follow the life of butterflies as they hatch, grow and fly away, then travel to Mexico in search of the oyamel tree.
Fri., May 23, 7 p.m.; Sat., May 24, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.;
Sun., May 25, 1:30 p.m.; Main Theatre
Tickets:Premium Seats $21 adults, $19 seniors, $16 children Standard Seats $17 adults, $15 seniors, $12 children

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MoCo Arts School of Dance presents
The Sleeping Beauty
A treasured fairy tale with classical ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, and modern dance too, featuring original choreography from MoCo Arts teachers and choreographers.
Sat, May 31, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sun., June 1, 2 p.m, Main Theatre
Tickets: $20 adults; $14 seniors & students

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