K*STAR*PRODUCTIONS home of the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble (KKDE) Presents 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert “In The Meantime” as Tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

K*STAR*PRODUCTIONS, home of the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble (KKDE), presents its 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert, “In the Meantime” (www.kkde.org). This original dance-drama probes the period of time during which a person awaits news that may significantly alter her life. “In the Meantime” combines dance and text to provide a glimpse into the hidden anxieties of anticipation, and an intimate insight into the meantime—when one hopes for the best but must prepare for the worst. “In the Meantime” was written in collaboration with Izzie-nominated Delina Patrice Brooks, a Bay Area-based songwriter, playwright, dancer, and choreographer, and features vocalist Tossie Long and accompanist Tasche.

“In the Meantime” will be performed on Friday and Saturday, October 26–27, 2012, at 8pm at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland (Lake Merrit BART accessible). Tickets ($8–$22) are available at www.brownpapertickets.com; by calling 888.819.9106; or at the Box Office one hour prior to the concert. Further information is available at www.kkde.org

On Friday, October 26 (8pm), the program opens with Dimensions Extensions Performance Ensemble performing repertory by Kendra Kimbrough Barnes and Latanya Tigner. A discussion follows the concert.

On Saturday, October 27 (8pm), K*STAR*PRODUCTIONS/KKDE says “Thank you” to the audience that has supported its work for the past 15 years by hosting a post-performance reception, featuring the mesmerizing sounds of Boon, who also will perform an opening set. All are welcome to enjoy this celebratory evening of live music, dance and reflection as K*STAR*PRODUCTIONS/KKDE mark this milestone as a viable and valuable organization in the community.

Director Kendra Kimbrough Barnes presents “In the Meantime” as a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, remembering her mother’s battle that ended 21 years ago, and to the many families still affected by the disease. This dance-theater work probes the lives of women who cope with different aspects of breast cancer. KKDE explores what it’s like to face the possibility of death while managing the demands of life. Through movement and text, the dancer-actors articulate the gripping emotional commitment and vulnerability of those suffering from breast cancer, whether researching preventive measures, caring for a loved one who is ill, or personally facing the disease. In The Meantime also takes an honest look at breast cancer awareness campaigns.

“’In The Meantime’ is a spell-binding work that pays tribute to the strength and resilience of women,” says Kimbrough Barnes. “I’m honored to mark the company’s 15-year milestone with a performance intended to uplift those who have suffered or are suffering from this epidemic.”

Kendra Kimbrough Barnes established KKDE in 1996 after graduating from San Francisco State University’s Dance Department. She later received her MA in Arts Administration while on full scholarship at Golden Gate University. Kendra’s work displays true vision as she grows and establishes herself as an accomplished choreographer. KKDE has received funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H grant, the City of Oakland, and other sources. An accomplished dancer, Ms. Kimbrough has performed with Robert Henry Johnson, Robert Moses, and other renowned Bay Area choreographers. Currently she teaches children in Oakland through Dimensions Dance Theater’s Rites of Passage Program, and teaches Jazz, Modern, African-Haitian, Pilates, and Yoga at the College of San Mateo.

The Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble (KKDE) focuses on paying respect to the rhythmic cycles of life to create a holistic cyclone of expression. The group consists of well-versed dancers that strive to bridge cultures through performances and workshops that reach a diverse audience. KKDE is committed to representing a range of ages, body-types, and movement styles, and strives to inform audiences about various social issues. The ensemble teaches, creates and presents dance works that build on a wide array of dance forms, with choreography that integrates modern dance with movements inspired by African, Brazilian, and North Indian cultures.

Delina Patrice Brooks (Writer / Creative Collaborator) earned a 2009 Isadora Duncan “Izzie” Award nomination for “Beauty, The Beast: A Dance-Theater Production”, coined as her breathing self-portrait. She has studied and performed dance in the U.S., Western Europe, Southern Philippines and Guinea, West Africa. She has received funding from The Zellerbach Family Foundation, City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and The East Bay Community Foundation. Brooks has been presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Youth Speaks, The Black Choreographers Festival, The Crucible, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others. She has performed with The Living Word Project, ASE Dance Theatre Collective, City Circus, Willows Theater, African American Shakespeare Company, Cherrie Moraga/Cihuatl Productions, Rhesus Media Group, and other companies.


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