Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

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Soirée Preview

Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company

Directed by Sarah LaRose-Holland

Producer's website

Dance, Comedy, Drama

For ages 2+

Engaging and dynamic choreography in three dance works with live music from B-Line and original music recorded from the Eclectic Ensemble. All are welcome.

Here's of a review of our show featured in the Star Tribune & written by Caroline Palmer:

“Going to the Soirée” provides an opportunity for choreographer Sarah LaRose-Holland of Kinetic Evolutions to explore character-based work, a new direction in the repertory of her 5-year-old company. The result is a playful romp referencing not just sock hops, malt shops and road trips but also inspirations that seem just a bit darker and more intriguing, all set to music ranging from Louis Armstrong to Devotchka. The program includes the witty, pratfall-driven quintet “Stuck in 5” and the rock-and-rhythm inspired “Visceral Experiences,” featuring propulsive live music from the band B-Line. (Caroline Palmer )

Here are links to some great photos of our show "Soiree Preview" taken by the Fringe photographer:
(Kinetic Evolutions dance company also previewed work in John Munger's show "Tortoise in Flight".)

Here's another review of our show from the Minnesota Playlist written by John Middleton:

"My favorite of all the dance shows I’ve seen was Soiree Preview presented by Kinetic Evolutions. This was modern dance and it was very swirly. The choreography, all by Sarah Larose-Holland, was inventive and the dancers were expressive and charming. Swirly, swirly, leap, slide, swirl some more!"

Soirée Preview is Kinetic Evolutions’ witty, sassy and playful Fringe Festival show. The performance includes three original dance works performed by Kinetic Evolutions and features the choreography of Sarah LaRose-Holland. Each dance takes the audience on a journey of character, contrast and emotion.

Visceral Experiences pairs live rock music with modern dance. Exploring softness, support and rhythm, the dancers visually portray the sound score. Local band B-Line provides the live accompaniment for this sextet of dancers.

Stuck in 5 investigates the concept and confines of five. This quintet of dancers push the boundaries of all things 5, such as a 5 count, 9-5 work routine, or simply 5 bodies. Stuck in 5 is performed to an original score by The Eclectic Ensemble.

Going to the Soirée brings out the character driven work that has become the staple of Kinetic Evolutions artistic explorations of late. These ten dancers compliment and contrast each other with their distinct personas and styles. Sometimes they seem to get along and sometimes they seem ready to compete. Excitement and anticipation build as the dance takes the audience on this theatrical soirée.

Sarah LaRose-Holland
Role: Director, choreographer, dancer
Sarah LaRose-Holland, Artistic Director of Kinetic Evolutions, has been choreographing dances for over 20 years. This August, Kinetic Evolutions performs three engaging and dynamic dances in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. In November 2011, Kinetic Evolutions celebrates its 5 year anniversary with an evening length production of Going to the Soirée at Old Arizona in Minneapolis. Sarah currently performs with and is Assistant Director of the Christopher Watson Dance company. For seven years, she was Artistic Director of Riverbend Dance Arts in Hastings where she facilitated and choreographed annual spring concerts for the entire student body. Sarah is the founder and presenter of the Kinetic Kitchen and Kinetic Playground dance series founded in 2004. As presenter of the Kinetic Kitchen and Kinetic Playground she has produced over 25 performances showcasing more than 100 choreographers and approximately 1000 individual artists. Sarah has been a guest curator at Patrick’s Cabaret since 2006 and is former Board Treasurer for the theater. Sarah loves working with the many talented dancers of Kinetic Evolutions and thanks them all for their hard work and commitment to the dance company. For more info, please visit www.KineticKitchen.org

Catherine Decker
Role: Dancer
Catherine Decker has had a lifelong love of dance, beginning with ballet when she was just five years old. Catherine is a graduate of Northern Illinois univeristy with a BFA in Dance performance. For twelve years, Catherine has shared her joy of dance with others through teaching, choreography and performing. Most recently, she has begun teaching ballroom dance to brides and grooms. She is overjoyed to be dancing with Kinetic Evolutions and has been a company member since 2009.

Kristin Grohs
Role: Dancer
Kristin will perform in the Saturday August 6th show at 1pm. Kristin is a former company member of Kinetic Evolutions and we're thrilled to have her back for one of our performances!

Kristin graduated with a BA in Dance and a minor in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been training since a young age in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Kristin is currently a member of the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, a jazz company in the Twin Cities, and has performed with Kinetic Evolutions and the Christopher Watson Dance Company. In 2008, Kristin finished a 2-year program to obtain a Minnesota teaching license in K-12 Dance. She has taught dance at Apple Valley High School and Bloomington Kennedy and Jefferson high schools. Kristin also teaches at Premiere Dance Academy and Bauer Fine Arts Academy and is a free-lance teacher and choreographer in the Twin Cities metro area. She is excited to work with Sarah and all the dancers again!

Sarah Hauss
Role: Dancer
Sarah Hauss is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher who has been living and working in the Twin Cities for the last 20 years. She has an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado and has danced and choreographed in New York, California, and Oregon as well. Her work has been supported over the years by Red Eye Collaborations, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She was a founding member of Paula Mann Dance and Artistic Director of Riverbend Dance Arts from 1993-1999. Hauss has danced with Gomez Dance Group since 1998 and with Kinetic Evolutions since 2010. She and Sarah LaRose-Holland performed in each other’s dances in the late 90’s and both dancers enjoy the opportunity to work together once again. Sarah has also worked with Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, Interstate Dance Collective, Gerry Girouard, and the Christopher Watson Dance Company. She teaches dance at Gustavus Adolphus College. Recently, Sarah set a piece on Gomez Dance Group that premiered at Patrick's Cabaret.

Zeb Henderson-Shreve
Role: Dancer
Zeb Henderson Shreve discovered Scottish Highland dance when she was nine years old and fell in love with it. After ten years of performance and competition in Highland Games, she fell in love with the rest of dance. Since then, she has studied and performed a lot of modern dance, some jazz and Argentine tango and a little bit of circus. She has performed in the Twin Cities with Off-Leash Area, April Sellers Dance Collective, Kelly Rademacher and Amy Slater Dances. She recently earned a Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and when she’s not dancing, she works as a mental health therapist with teenagers in a day treatment program. This is Zeb’s first performance with Kinetic Evolutions, and she’s excited to work with such talented and welcoming dancers.

John Munger
Role: Dancer
John Munger began his formal dance career in the late 1960’s. His mentor, with whom he studied and performed for seven years, was pioneering modern dance legend Hanya Holm. Since 1984, John has free-lanced as a teacher, performer and choreographer in Minnesota. His choreography has been recognized with McKnight and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships, and a SAGE Award. John teaches modern technique at Zenon and creates work for Third Rabbit Dance. He also performs character roles with Continental Ballet. Six times a year he hosts The Rabbit Show, an ongoing showcase at Bryant Lake Bowl. His own solo dance show, "The Tortoise Flies," is on The Fringe at the Rarig Proscenium.

Hai Dang Nguyen
Role: Dancer
Hai Dang Nguyen is currently completing his PhD degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota. Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2006, he has been actively involved in the dance community. He has performed in works created by Danielle-Robinson Prater, Deborah Thayer, Cathy Wright, Matthew Smith, Julie Warder, Jim Lieberthal and Sarah LaRose-Holland. He is also very excited to have joined Kinetic Evolutions dance company where he has been a company member since 2009. Besides dancing with the company, Hai has also shown his own choreography in the Zenon Dance School Block E Scholarship program and the Kinetic Kitchen series.

Ashleigh Penrod
Role: Dancer
Ashleigh Penrod has been practicing and teaching a variety of movement forms since she began ice dancing at age five. In 2010, she completed a University Fellowship at Temple University in Philadelphia and received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. She also holds a BA in Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College. She has had the pleasure of presenting her choreographic work in venues throughout New York, Philadelphia and Minneapolis and has danced with many incredible professionals. She was thrilled to join Kinetic Evolutions in 2011. In addition to performing and choreographing, Ashleigh is an adjunct dance professor, yoga instructor, non profit arts administrator and communications consultant in the Twin Cities.

Stacy Pottinger
Role: Dancer
Stacy Pottinger has performed professionally since 1996, during which time she has worked with many independent dance artists and companies based in Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, and beyond. She performed with the Christopher Watson Dance Company (1996 to 2009), Biodance (2006 to 2007), Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company (2009), the City Children’s Nutcracker (1997 to 1998), and has worked with internationally known artists such as Bill Evans and Juanita Suarez, of the Latina Dance Project. She holds a Master of Arts in Dance Education at the State University of New York College at Brockport as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She presently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and directs the Dance Minor at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She continues to pursue opportunities to develop as a dance artist and to draw inspiration from such experiences to share with her students.

Kayla Schiltgen
Role: Dancer
Kayla Schiltgen has been dancing since the age of 3. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with minors in Youth Studies and Leadership in 2010 and has danced with Kinetic Evolutions since 2009. During her college career, Kayla became involved with theater and opera. In her senior year, Kayla had the honor if interning with Paula Mann's Time Track Productions as the company prepared for performances at Dance Theater Workshop. Kayla has a passion for sharing dance with others and over the past five years has worked with thousands of young people and adults all over the Twin Cities. She has choreographed 16 musicals for local schools and community theaters. Her choreography for "Urinetown", "West Side Story" and "The Wizard of Oz" received Hennepin Theater Trust SpotLight awards for Outstanding Overall Dance. Kayla has also had the privilege of choreographing for University of Minnesota Opera director David Walsh. Currently, Kayla is working as the Director of Education and Outreach at the Youth Performance Company in Minneapolis. Along with scheduling classes and residencies for the company, she teaches classes for young artists.

Una Setia
Role: Dancer
Una Setia has danced with Kinetic Evolutions since 2006. The night Una was born, her parents were dancing at a discotheque! Una began studying classical ballet at the age of five and then discovered modern, jazz, African, and hip-hop in her school's dance program at Apple Valley Senior High School. She then went on to study at the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a BFA in dance. While at the University of Utah, she performed in Asuncion, Paraguay with the school's Modern Dance Performance Company.

Una’s performance career has ranged from dancing in schools to educate students to more formal venues and even occasionally as a back up dancer for up and coming singers like Stacy B. Una teaches hip-hop dance and has been a yoga instructor for over 10 years. She teaches at Zenon Dance School, the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, and Southwest Community Education. She currently dances with Kinetic Evolutions and is a company member of the Christopher Watson Dance Company. Una has also performed with Jeffrey Peterson Dance in addition to creating her own hip-hop dances for independent projects.

Jenny Sung
Role: Dancer
Jenny Sung is a dancer, performer, educator, and director. Jenny began dancing at the age of 2 at Short Dance. At this studio she competed ballet, tap, jazz, modern, swing, and musical theater. Jenny was also a dancer for the Simley Spartanettes dance team until 2002 when she was accepted into the arts high school dance department at Perpich Center for Art’s Education. From there she had the opportunity to study in New York City at Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Academy East. In 2005, she moved back to Minnesota and got accepted into Zenon’s block E program in downtown Minneapolis. This is where she danced for choreographers Sarah LaRose-Holland and Noah Bremmer. After the performances she was offered a position to dance in Sarah’s dance company Kinetic Evolutions.

Since then Jenny has been teaching at competition, and non-competition studios such as The Phipps Center For Arts, the Dance Exchange, and The Dance Factory. Feeling a call to make movement available for everyone, Jenny began teaching a program at the Mounds theatre where inner city children can come and take class for free.

Jenny has recently opened her own dance company entitled “One Dance Company”. This company has performed at various churches throughout the state, and is preparing to tour their show “Thrown Away” to New York City and back during the summer of 2012. In 2010 Jenny was humbled with the opportunity to turn her show, and life story into a book entitled “Thrown Away” projected to be released to the public in the fall of 2013.

Mark Holland
Role: Lead singer of B-Line

Mike Akan
Role: Drummer for B-Line
Mike has over 20 years of percussion experience and just wants to bang on the drums all day! Some of his former bands include Stryker, Riled Up, Travisty, Sonic Void and Numm. In addition to B-Line, he currently plays with The Ghettos Burning, an original punk rock band and Jaded, a dance rock cover band. A born and bred cheeshead, his influences include Van Halen, Cheap Trick, U2, Smashing Pumpkings and Flogging Molly. Mike has a music minor from UWEC and played in jazz, concert and marching bands throughout high school and college.

Dave Mitsch
Role: Guitarist for B-Line
This is Dave’s first performance in the Fringe Festival and he is very excited. Dave has been playing in bands for the better part of 15 years. He has played guitar in B-Line, bass in My Valkyrie and drums in Action Frank. Dave is currently a member of an album-specific cover band that performs at the Xanadu comedy/music show at Club Underground. His influences include Led Zeppelin, Jane’s Addiction, the Jayhawks, Randy Rhoads and a healthy dose of funk and r&b. When Dave is not serving society by rocking, he serves society by teaching. He has worked in the Minneapolis School district and has taught at Mounds View High School for the past two years. He is also a member of Epik, the staff rock band. Dave would also like to bang on the drums all day, but Mike Akan clearly has that covered.

James Ryshavy
Role: Bass player for B-Line

Brad Thoen
Role: Drummer for B-Line

Tim Donahue
Role: Composer
A unique vision and concept driven composer and performer with an active eleven year history in the Minneapolis new music and arts community. Currently Tim's musical efforts are recognized and supported by The Jerome Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Audio samples, contact and artistic information , and photos available at http://theeclecticensemble.com/

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by tin lizzy Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I was skeptical and scowly through the first piece despite the talent of the dancers; I found the music (a live band with vocalists) paired with the yoga-like progressions disjointed and entirely at odds with one another.

However I was completely & delightedly surprised to find my grouchy skepticism melt away with 2nd piece. I grew increasingly captivated and enthused throughout the remaining for pieces.

The style & accessibility of this show worked for me: not self-consciously complicated yet not dumbed-down or simplistic either. Other than the 1st piece, I LOVED all of the musical choices & compositions (Stuck in 5).

I look forward to seeing more from this company beyond the Fringe! Thank you for sparking an interest in me for dance!

Will go for their show this fall
by Igor Blokhintsev Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was the best ballet/dancing show at this Fringe for me so far. Good music choices, good choreography, good technics.
And most importantant is playfulness. Not many modern dance teams have reached that level. Visit this show and enjoy.
Igor Blokhintsev

An alright preview
by Amanda Ms.DemeanorMaven Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Was at the Tue, 10pm show -- The choreography was interesting and the troupe worked well together. The live band was a good addition to the first piece and the second piece 'stuck in 5' was very inventive. The third piece was a little disjointed, you could tell it was still a work in progress. Overall a good evening of dance, but there is room for improvement.

Playfully Enhanced Dance
by Douglas Heeschen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I have seen a lot of modern dance over the last two decades, first in California, then here. I love the movement, artistry and discipline. What this show adds is playfullness. You don't need to be a modern dance fan to love this show. See it!

Ordinary stuff
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
The band was great for the first set "visceral experiences." The choreography worked nicely in the second set "stuck in 5." Beyond that it was pretty pedestrian dance and not that well done in my estimation.

by Darrell Shreve Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wonderfully entertaining. Soiree has witty, delightful choreography that fits the moods of the varied music. The full performance in November will definitely be on our schedule.
Good band live for the first number (although a little loud). My 16-year-old daughter was disappointed that there was not a CD available from B-Line, the rock group. "Stuck in Five", the second number, was humorous and fun. Darrell Shreve

by Linda Kelly Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a very lively and energy charged performance. The dancers were professional, vibrant and very talented. The live music was a surprise to us and a wonderful addition to this production. We would recommend this to people of all ages. Try watching some modern dance.....we did and we're hooked!!!!!!!!!!!! Charlie and Linda Kelly

saturday at the lab #1
by Mark Browning Milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
i spent all saturday the 7th at the lab, catching six dance performances plus one. although i initially was disappointed the southern and the ritz weren't dance venues this year, i have to say the lab bests them both. the audience is much closer, the interaction more immediate and intense. a good space from terpsichorean pleasures. all that said, the first two companies were less than ideal. kinetic evolutions performed three pieces, the second of which seemed the best realized and most entertaining. the company's execution was a little sloppy around the edges. (maybe i'm prejudiced as a musician, but it seems to be that if you ask a group of dancers to execute unison steps they ought to be able to do them in unison.) to be fair, kinetic is heading toward a november's full night presentation, so maybe these are still somewhat under-rehearsed and will be more completely realized then.

Reminds me to appreciate Dance
by Charles Greenman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm not initially drawn to dance performances but shows like this remind me not to be so narrow minded. I thought the movement was creative, clever and humorous.I reccomend this show to all whether dance is your thing or not.This is a very talented, flexible group of performers.I look forward to seeing them again. The music is fine too except that the volume from the band was too loud for my taste. Charlie Greenman

rich, interesting experience
by David Stagner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The heart of the show is, in fact, a preview of a large-scale work in progress. This piece is varied, entertaining, and performed with great skill and love by a group of very talented dancers. Before the full Soiree Preview performance, the choreographer brought up two of her previous choreographies for review - one with a live rock band. Again, interesting work, performed with skill and love.

Highly recommended for fans of modern dance.

Mostly Harmless
by Aseem Kaul Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
There's nothing really wrong with Kinetic's Soiree Preview. The dancers are uniformly talented and play familiar archetypes, the choreography combines fairly generic styles with some cute playacting, the soundtrack is classic jazz.

And that's the trouble with the show - it's a little too vanilla. Ms. LaRose-Holland takes few risks, and there is little in the piece that is either conceptually or formally daring enough to generate any real excitement. It's a pleasant show that offers light entertainment, but little more.

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