When the renovated theater opened last spring, KSU dance department chair Ivan Pulinkala envisioned the dance-dedicated venue not only for KSU's fast-growing dance program, but also for local artists to show work. Pulinkala also saw the theater's potential for presenting artists from outside of Atlanta. And since Atlanta Ballet is producing more classical and classically based ballets, KSU's new contemporary dance series helps fill an open niche in the arts community.
The Dance Theater helped embolden five former Atlanta Ballet dancers to form Terminus, which performed there last month, following after KSU Dance Company and the Georgia Ballet. Last fall, Israel's Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company was the first internationally acclaimed troupe to grace the theater's permanently installed sprung Marley floor.
This coming fall, the theater will host Spellbound Contemporary Ballet in the U.S. premiere of “Full Moon,” choreographed by the company’s founding director, Mauro Astolfi. The work draws inspiration from notions that the moon, with its gravitational pull on tides as well as body fluids, may influence the human body and spirit as well as behavior.
In a rehearsal video, dancers move with urgency and abandon. With deep human expression, they enfold one another, grasping, embracing and reaching out. It’s a compelling style and approach that Pulinkala hopes will inspire growth in Atlanta’s increasingly energized dance scene.
“I think this will add another dimension,” Pulinkala said. “It brings another voice into the marketplace of ideas and art-making in Atlanta.”
Spellbound Contemporary Ballet will appear in October at Kennesaw State University’s Dance Theater in Marietta. CONTRIBUTED BY MARCO BRAVI
KSU Dance Theater 2018-19 season lineup
Aug. 24-25, 2018: Atlanta Ballet 2 and KSU Dance Company
Oct. 12-13, 2018: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018: KSU Dance Company in faculty works.
Feb. 28, 2019: Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre will share a double bill with a nationally ranked guest company as part of Off the Edge festival presented in partnership with Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts.
March 27, 2019: BodyTraffic presents Hofesh Shechter's "Dust" and other Atlanta premieres.
April 26-27, 2019: KSU adjudicated student choreography concert.
Performances will take place at KSU Dance Theater, 1100 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta.
Tickets will go on sale July 1 at the KSU box office (arts.kennesaw.edu).