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Rebecca Stenn Presents Dance Workshop November 18

Rebecca Stenn
Rebecca Stenn

Rebecca Stenn, the Redfern Arts Center’s 2013-14 choreographer-in-residence, will visit Keene State November 15 to 18 to present a public dance improvisation workshop and audition KSC dancers for a new dance she is creating for An Evening of Dance in spring 2014.

Stenn, who is currently Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Eugene Lang College, will return to Keene State on Monday, January 27, to perform the New England premiere of a solo dance concert, Time I Know. This new evening length concert consists of a stunning array of mesmerizing solos performed by Stenn, who has long been fascinated by the solo form, and has performed numerous solo concerts over the last 20 years. Her work is varied and vivid, and has often been in conversation with a live musician, in the stage space with her. Stenn collaborates with photographer George Del Barrio, lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann, and composer Jay Weissman.

Stenn, who directs her own modern dance company, will present an Improvisation Movement Workshop for dancers and the general public on Monday, November 18, from noon to 1:45 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the Student Center Mabel on the Keene State campus. The dance workshop is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Sharon Fantl, Assistant Director of the Redfern Arts Center, at 603-358-2167.

During her three day residency in November, Stenn will hold auditions for Keene State student dancers to perform in a newly commissioned work to premiere in spring 2014 during An Evening of Dance, the KSC’s Theatre and Dance Department’s annual spring modern dance concert.

In a recent interview, Stenn said she is excited to share her dance creation process with students. “Because I work so thoroughly with improvisation, the material generated and used in the piece, generally speaking, comes from the students in the cast. There is a real and palatable sense of ownership when a dancer performs material they themselves have come up with on their own bodies. To me, this is exciting to witness and to form into something cohesive.”

About the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College
The Arts Center is named in honor of Dr. Leo F. Redfern, Keene State College President from 1969 to 1979 for his vision, commitment, and eloquence on behalf of the arts that made funding and construction of the facility a reality. In 1981, KSC inaugurated this new performing arts center, with the goal of providing unforgettable artistic encounters for the campus and community. Since then, the Redfern stage has hosted hundreds of amazing shows, from internationally renowned artists to emerging young talents to KSC’s own student performers. Over the years, the Redfern has expanded its outreach programs, curricular and community partnerships, becoming an indispensable resource for the Keene community and beyond.

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