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The Cleveland Jewish News  |  September 27, 2017

DANCECleveland brings Koresh Dance Company to Akron

For one performance only at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at The University of Akron's EJ Thomas Hall, the Koresh Dance Company will present a mixed repertoire program filled with the best of founder and artistic director Ronan (Roni) Koresh's contemporary choreography.

Koresh, an Israeli-born choreographer, founded the company 1991. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, the Koresh Dance Company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances.

The Akron performance, presented by DANCECleveland in collaboration with The University of Akron's Dance Program, will feature works that infuse modern Israeli dance with striking physicality and lush modern dance aesthetic. A pre-performance discussion with Koresh will take place at 2:15 p.m. and a question-and-answer session will immediately follow the performance.

The afternoon will lead off with "Deconstructing Mozart," a collaborative initiative that dares to deconstruct Mozart's 23rd piano concerto. It is driven by Koresh's choreography, multimedia artist Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, and Stephen Levitin aka Apple-Juice Kid, who is a music producer and eight-time beat battle champion.

This piece will share the stage with Koresh's riveting signature work, "Bolero," fun moments from "The Heart," and a glimpse at his latest National Endowment for the Arts funded work, "Matters of the Heart."

The Koresh Dance Company will remain at The University of Akron for a weeklong residency designed to give dance students a chance to learn and work alongside the Koresh dancers.

There also will be educational outreach events for nonstudents ages 16 and older, including a free advanced-level master class at 11 a.m. Sept. 30, led by Koresh assistant artistic director Melissa Rector. A reservation is required by emailing

While in Akron, the company will create and perform a site-specific dance piece Oct. 5 at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St. in Akron. This event will be free and open to the public.


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