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'New Moves' comes to the Kansas City Ballet

New Moves debuts premiere choreographers.
New Moves debuts premiere choreographers.
Courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet.

The Kansas City Ballet presents New Moves the last weekend of March and first weekend of April. Designed to showcase emerging choreographers, New Moves draws from the local and national scene. The event provides time and space for guest choreographers and dancers to premiere new works. The programs will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity.

Four Company Dancers Travis Guerin, Anthony Krutzkamp, Charles Martin, and Ian Poulis and two-guest choreographer, Erin Novak-Lustig and Ilya Kozadayev make up the talented list of choreographers. Novak-Lustig received the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year by the Federation of Dance Competitions. On the faculty at Oklahoma University Kozadayev is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Choreography.

“An important part of the Kansas City Ballet’s mission is to expand the cultural minds of our audiences by enriching their lives with as many different forms of movement as possible. In addition, in the ever-evolving world of dance it is very important to offer the opportunity for new choreographic voices to be heard and seen. New Moves is that chance to bring these two priorities together and witness world premiere choreographic works that dare to push the boundaries and bring one to the very cutting edge of new and innovative performances of the art form of dance,” Carney stated. “These performances will bring our audiences right up to the feet of our dancers in our intimate theatre setting. Audiences will experience these works in a very palpable, visceral, up close, and personal way. They will see the athleticism, feel the heat and hear the breath from our incredible artists as they perform unusual and never before seen New Moves!”

Meta, choreographed by Travis Guerin, will be performed to an original composition in three movements by Guerin. The other performances are untitled and will be performed to; Charles Martin, “The Unanswered Question” by Charles Ives, Anthony Krutzkamp, Nocturne in A Minor by Chad Lawson, Ian Poulis, String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major by Johannes Brahms, Erin Novak-Lustig, an original composition by Gabriel Smith, and Ilya Kozadayev, “Aria” From Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Kansas City Ballet includes a 28-member company under the leadership of Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Conducted by the ballet company the Kansas City Ballet School has an enrollment of over 600 children and adults.

General Admission tickets are $20 online at or by phone at 816-931-2232.

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