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Sandglass Theater explains story-telling process
Sandglass artists will remain after their Tuesday, March 4 puppet theater show to discuss D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, an exploration of dementia created using a process called Timeslips, designed to explore the creative aspects of the brain without worrying about reason or logic. Sandglass actors will also explain the Timeslips process to students in the KSC Nursing Program during a Thursday, Feb. 27 class.
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: City Council Meeting, a participatory theatrical work was introduced by playwrights Aaron Landsman and Mallory Catlett, during the 2013 KSC Symposium. Landsman and Catlett will return to Keene in February 2014 for a more immersive residency, followed by a three-week production residency and performance of City Council Meeting in fall 2014.
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.
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.
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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.