Arts Corner

WHAT A CITY NEEDS: Actor-director galvanizes community for bold new venture

By Paul Horsley
Minneapolis has one. Even Detroit has one. Berkeley has one, and so does Washington, D.C. Winston-Salem, Fort Worth and St. Louis all have one: So why doesn’t Kansas City?
Well, now it does. Until 2016 our city didn’t have a full-time professional African-American theater company. The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City is now a fully operational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and it hopes to help take theater in KC to a new level of diversity.

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SOUL OF DANCE: Choreographer draws upon wide stylistic range to create unique, at times startling, dance

By Paul Horsley
Ronen “Roni” Koresh’s background in dance is clearly defined, yet his quirky, dynamic choreography remains difficult to categorize. He studied ballet, jazz, folk dance and contemporary styles in his native Israel, danced with the second company of Martha Graham’s Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, and made a beeline to New York after his military service to study at the school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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BE STILL, MY HEART: Harriman presents KC’s favorite singer in bellicose new project

By Paul Horsley
Can music change the human heart? Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato believes it can, and the Prairie Village native has devoted a substantial part of her international career to projects that further this tenet. In addition to being one of the great singers of our time, Joyce has produced a series of award-winning recordings and concerts dealing with love, sorrow, jealousy, redemption, death and (not least of all) joy.

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JOLLY HOLIDAY, AND MERRY: A season for music, dance and theater

By Paul Horsley
Beginning in just a few days, Kansas City will be offering holiday programs of all sorts, so no sitting around the house with year-end blues! Get on your feet, get up and make it happen, as Gloria Estefan might say! Here are a few of the more notable choices.
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NOVEMBER
18-December 24: Kansas City Repertory Theatre; A Christmas Carol; Remarkable staging, clever set designs and fresh casting keep this holiday classic alive year after year. Spencer Theatre. 816-235-2700 or kcrep.

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