The Kenneth Walker Dance Project to Debut The Seasons

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The Kenneth Walker Dance Project presents its annual homebase performance at the Martha B, Knoebel Dance Theater on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, August 13 & 14, 2016. The Seasons is KWDP’s most ambitious work to date. Choreographed by Kenneth Walker, The Seasons marks the culmination of the KWDP’s artistic growth, in the style of contemporary ballet that KWDP has been developing.

Rounding out the program will be audience favorites, Suburban Symphony and Focus on the Middle Distance. Focus on the Middle Distance features music by Rohi Kena Custage, a former dancer who Kenneth Walker met while at the Minnesota Ballet. Suburban Symphony was the first dance created by Kenneth Walker for his company, KWDP. Both dances have been performed extensively over the years. The opening duet of Suburban Symphony has been performed at festivals and galas throughout Los Angeles, in Virginia and South Carolina. Focus on the Middle Distance has been performed in New York. Both works are audience and dancer favorites, and complete this program choreographed entirely by Kenneth Walker.

KWDP began in the South Bay, where Kenneth Walker was raised. KWDP’s home season at the Martha B. Knoebel began in 2009 and this year, due to continued audience growth, KWDP is presenting two dates of performances.

Comments Artistic Director and choreographer Kenneth Walker, “As I work with my dancers on the new choreography and as we progress through the rehearsal phase, I am thrilled to see that The Seasons is evolving into a beautiful dance. The dancers are pushing themselves artistically and athletically. There is an emotional component that is potentially heart wrenching but ultimately, uplifting. I believe that our audience will find great depth to this work and I am excited to debut it at the beautiful performance space that I consider to be KWDP’s home, the Martha B, Knoebel Dance Theater.”

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND DANCERS:
Kenneth Walker (Artistic Director and Choreographer) danced professionally for several companies including Ballet Pacifica, Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet and as a guest artist for many others, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada and South America. He trained in dance-making with many choreographers including William Forsythe, Alonzo King, Donald Byrd, and at UCLA where he received his B.A. Kenneth is a dual Masters of Arts in Arts Management and MBA graduate from Claremont Graduate University. He has created dances for Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sacramento Ballet, Chico Community Ballet, Southern California Dance Theatre, San Pedro City Ballet, South Bay Ballet, Dance Peninsula, and Pasadena Dance Theater and several others. Kenneth is the recipient of the young choreographer’s award from the Southern CA Dance Theatre, and is the youngest finalist to ever compete in the Sarasota Ballet of Florida International Choreography Competition. He is a sought after instructor in the art of ballet having taught at Regional Dance America festivals and ACDA conferences and is on faculty for CSU, Dominguez Hills dance program, The Wooden Floor, Lauridsen Ballet and others. He has also served as director of Ballet Etudes of Huntington Beach and during the summer months teaches at summer intensives throughout the state.

Kenneth Walker Dance Project Dancers: Christina Abeyta, Gia Calhoun, Morgan Davis, Olivia Hamilton, Ashley L. Jones, Tracy Jones, Sara Killion, Mealnie Kushida, Nathan Ortiz, Mayra Pedraza, Dominika Pietrzyk, Elijah Pressman, Allie Truax and special guest Skylar Burson.

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