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Kinetics Dance Company will open their new season with Pendulum at 8pm on Saturday evening, November 7th, at the Slayton House Theatre in Columbia. 

An evening of modern dance, the concert will feature three premiers including a new work by guest artist Ken Skrzesz. 

"The Thing you Think You Cannot Do” evokes the words of Orison Swett Marden, Frank Herbert, Henry James, John Lennon, and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Its cast of five dancers employ movement that is vibrant and resilient to tell a collective story about releasing fear.

Artistic Director Lauren Snyder will debut "Fact/st/ory/.” The new piece will explore themes of cadence and meter in the work of Edgar Allan Poe, pitted against sounds and images from an industrial mid-19th century city. 

Also highlighted on the evening’s program will be a premier by KDC dancer Erin Gum.  Working with a large cast, Gum combines classical technique with fluctuating spatial patterns and partnerwork to create an unending ebb and flow of  movement. 

The concert will feature Snyder’s “Perla,”(2015) characterized by  vivid, billowing skirts and inspired by the work of Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén and Cuban poet and novelist Alejo Carpentier.  KDC dancer Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb will showcase two works:  “Move:  it’s the journey that matters” (2015) explores individual and shared journeys through choreography based on the movement of water.  Koontz-Nachtrieb will also present an exquisite  new duet with Eric Holmes, a partnership which never fails to deliver stunning partnerwork, power, and grace. 

The students of Kinetics Dance Theatre’s senior and apprentice companies will appear as guests in a restaging of
“Becoming Poe,” choreographed by Alex J. Krebs.  Shadowy and complex, the piece is based on the artwork of a KDT  student. 

Advance rates are available through Friday, November 6th.  On-line sales will end at 10pm Friday, November 6th, after which tickets may be reserved by calling 410-480-1686, or purchased at the door.  Please note that only payments by cash or check can be accepted at the door. 


Thirty-one years in existence, Kinetics Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization devoted to the development of contemporary dance as a vital art form within the community through performance, education, and outreach.  KDT houses Kinetics Dance Company, Howard County’s only professional modern dance company, Kinetics School of Contemporary Dance, offering classes in dance technique and theory to students of all ages and levels, and four student companies open to youth who desire more opportunities for dance performance and outreach. 


Kinetics Dance Theatre is sponsored in part by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from the Howard County Government, the Community Foundation of Howard County, Maryland State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Slayton House Theatre
10400 Cross Fox Lane,
Columbia, MD 21044