Kenneth Walker Dance Project’s “From the Ground Up” at Cal State University

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kenneth-walker-dance-project csulbKenneth Walker Dance Project (KWDP), a contemporary ballet company, premieres new works along with audience favorites for the sixth season in a row in an evening entitled “From the Ground Up” one night only on Saturday, August 14, 2010.

KWDP will showcase “Drift” set to the commissioned music of composer, Wes Hambright, “Purgatory,” Kenneth Walker’s all female ballet reflecting on the cyclical nature of life and the afterlife, and audience favorite “Flesh and Blood.” Guest choreographers Ken Datugan and Angela Jordan will round out the event.

From the Ground Up is a one night only performance Saturday, August 14, 2010 7:30 pm at Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theatre, California State University Long Beach, 6200 East Atherton, Street, Long Beach CA 90840.

Tickets for From the Ground Up are $14 presale, $17 at the door, $10 for students/seniors. All purchases at the door are cash/check only. Tickets available on the Kenneth Walker Dance Project website.

The mission of Kenneth Walker Dance Project is to present an eclectic, innovative and razor-sharp repertoire of contemporary dance, ultimately contributing to the evolution of the art form. The company’s vision is to bring the artist and audience to the poetics of the human condition and believes in the transforming capacity of art and its power to affect human lives.

Comprised of Southern California dancers, KWDP is a vehicle for nationally recognized choreographer Kenneth Walker. The company has appeared at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006/2007, AAPHERD Southeast Conference in Virginia in 2006, American Dance Guild Festival in New York in, MAD BAD Festival in the Bay Area in 2009 and the Pasadena Dance Festival in 2010. Mr. Walker’s choreography is well received by audiences and critics alike. John Meehan former director Hong Kong Ballet, described Walker’s Savage Grace as “…a fun piece, full of energy with some nice choreographic invention;” and, Alun Jones, former director of Louisville Ballet called Savage Grace “tremendous.”

Kenneth Walker Dance Project is supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.

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