SOURCE: Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble

Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble

October 10, 2012 16:02 ET

K*STAR*PRODUCTIONS, Home of the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble (KKDE), Presents 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert "In the Meantime"

Friday, October 26 - Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8pm at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St, Oakland

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 10, 2012) - 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." 

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