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OffStage is a compilation of all the performing arts news for the Kansas City region, including Topeka, Lawrence, and Columbia. For our calendar of show and audition listings, magazine archives, and a whole lot more visit www.kcstage.com
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Dance company puts modern spin on old fairy tale | LJWorld.com

Dance company puts modern spin on old fairy tale | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

When Art In Motion Dance Company performs its take on Grimm Brothers’ “Snow White” on Friday, there won’t be seven dwarves and Snow White won’t be wearing a large gown like in Disney’s version of the fairy tale. The performance is the company’s own take of the well-known story, complete with modern music and costumes.

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Kansas City Creative Couples: Coats & Pachciarz | KCUR

Kansas City Creative Couples: Coats & Pachciarz | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

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Carnaval de Danse - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

This was a great show. There was so much variety. The guest pole dancer was amazing.

I instantly fell in love with the hosts Tiffany Box and Beardo the Weirdo. The director who also had a couple of numbers was very funny and talented. more...

 

 

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Tormenta Quixotica - KC Fringe Festival review by ilovekcfringe | KC Stage Reviews

If these kids are this good at this age, they are gonna knock your socks off even more as they develop their talents. This is a must see show from our future of entertainment. Hell I think they would give the regular Quixotic crew a run for their money!

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Prairie Moon - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyau | KC Stage Reviews

Growing up in South Dakota, no child needs telling that the world is awesome. And visiting Pine Ridge or Rosebud, as I did fairly often in the Sixties, I did not need telling that the dominant culture can be awful. The transcendent power of Plains spirituality has carried native peoples through thick and thin — and for well more than a century, things have been pretty thin. more...

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The Next Level of Being - KC Fringe Festival review by Showrev | KC Stage Reviews

I appreciate that this burlesque production tried to be different, but that's not it! Only the Mercury Mad music saved the show for my rating of 1. Too much dance (not too good; btw, if you're using props please get some instruction on how to use them properly), too little burlesque. That's it!

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Tormenta Quixotica - KC Fringe Festival review by watchNwrite | KC Stage Reviews

On Saturday, July 20th, Quixotic flexed its youth muscles in “Tormenta Quixotica” to the delight of the anticipatory audience. Don’t let the fact that it’s the Quixotic School of Performing Arts fool you; the students at Quixotic are not messing around. more...

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Kinetic Infusion - KC Fringe Festival review by gaziyeh | KC Stage Reviews

This was not just belly dancing, it had flamenco, hip hop, Bollywood and Western styles of dance mixed into it (what a neat blend of cultures). I especially liked that the emcee gave some background info on each of the nine pieces performed.

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The Next Level of Being - KC Fringe Festival review by Fringetastic | KC Stage Reviews

So this show wasn't very traditional, but it was in fact the most tasteful show I've seen with a burlesque title. I loved that the music was live, as well. Anyone can shake to music, but live music has the opportunity for so many mistakes, which were minimal, especially on an opening night show. The best part of the show; the women were all beautiful! No offense to some traditional burlesque where tassels overshadow the other unsightly jiggles of an unkempt physique. These ladies are definitely dancers, and Mercury's music was very creative, showing that he is actually a multifaceted composer. I would definitely see this show again! Very nice work!

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Carnaval de Danse - KC Fringe Festival Review by Sinclair1 | KC Stage Review

Not your typical burlesque show. The wide variety of performers and performances were amazing. Besides the usual burlesque performances, this group has added a flare with a worldly theme. Special additions to the show made it that much better, a beautiful aerial lyra performance and a sexy/athletic pole performance. The emcees added a great touch to the show and did an awesome job of keeping the audience entertained and informed as to what they were about to see next. To end the show on a high note, all 6 performers came together to entertain the audience with a high powered group finale number. Impressive. Group numbers are not common in most burlesque shows but these gals will make others think twice about adding them in the future. Encore De Allure!

 

 

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Tormenta Quixotica - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

Probably one of the five best shows at fringe this year.

A must see winner!

Two thumbs up, five popcorn bags, and six silks.

I would be truly surprised if this show doesn't win the best of Bolender this year at fringe. It was the first sold out show I've been to this year. And for good reason. I have to wonder how many hours upon hours this group must practice every week. It went by professionally with no problems, technical or otherwise.

 

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Clockwork Coquette - KC Fringe Festival review by watchNwrite | KC Stage Reviews

On Friday, July 19th, Cirque du Risque performed their new show, “Clockwork Coquette,” at Off Center Theatre to a somewhat unenthused audience. The audience was told that tonight’s performance was going to be an “abridged” version -- a travesty for a what would turn out to be a shaky production. Was the fact that the show was experiencing technical difficulties or missing cast members on its opening night responsible for the underwhelming performances and confused faces of its performers? We’ll never know, but at the Fringe, audiences become used to shows not going perfectly. But how bad does it have to get before your cast starts to fall apart? How bad does it have to get before you refund your audience’s tickets and save the reputation of your company from a bad review?  more...

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Clockwork Coquette - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

You must applaud anyone who wants to perform and share something with an audience.

That being said... This show needed a bit of work. I went to the Friday the 19th performance and I understand things don't always work out properly in live theater, but it seemed like there was not nearly enough practice. Missing lines, technical difficulties, and poor performance plagued this show. more....

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Warrior Weekend 2013: Amy Jo | Troupe Duende

Amy Jo, director of Troupe Duende dances to "Down the Road" by C2C at the Warrior Weekend show held at Nica's 320 Restaurant in Kansas City, MO on May 4, 2013

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It's Personal - KC Fringe Festival review by vanfanivan | KC Stage Reviews

I have seen Seamless before at the fringe and this is the one show I HAD to see. I feel that the Seamless Dance group is the best in Kansas City. I actually began to love dancing just because I saw their show Turning Tables.

I hoped that this year they would do just as good as a job. I was not disappointed. more...

 

 

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The Traveling Tap Dance Super Show - KC Fringe Festival review by ejcrewe | KC Stage Reviews

Saw the performance on Wednesday and will be returning tonight. The show is very funny and the dancers perform steps that seem to be physically impossible. This is not Broadway tap, it is something else entirely. Certainly a show the whole family can enjoy, the superhero story is as entertaining as the dancing.

 

 

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Warrior Weekend: Bedouin Star | Troupe Duende

Beduoin Star dances to "Cocktail Molotov" by Goran Bregovic at the Warrior Weekend show held at Nica's 320 Restaurant in Kansas City, MO on May 4, 2013. 

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Prairie Moon - KC Fringe Festival review by Guildenstern | KC Stage Reviews

Fringe is known for its exotic acts, from belly dance fusion to dancers from India, but Brings Plenty offers something new blended with something old and adds a whole new exotic dimension to Fringe. This is an hour of Native American music, dance, stories, feathers, hula hoops, and hair that gives ancient indigenous traditions a contemporary twist. more...

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Tormenta Quixotica - KC Fringe Festival review by Showrev | KC Stage Reviews

I love Quixotic, I've seen them in the past years, and they are spectacular. Excellent dance and aerial acrobatics, fast pace, precision, all the qualities of a professional show. With one small exception - the costumes and makeup were not as impressive and exotic as last year. That part felt more bland, and the black outfits over a black background were not such a good idea.

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Erin Muenks Choreography Showcase - KC Fringe Festival review by watchNwrite | KC Stage Reviews

Erin Muenks, a Kansas City choreographer, showcased some new choreography on Saturday, July 20th at the KC Ballet Bolender Center. By explicitly asking her audience to privately reflect on the previous piece during intermittent bouts of music, Erin Muenks left the audience with the only thing they usually appreciate most: their opinions. And though the teeter-totter setup of music and dance was not immediately well-received right away, the audience did eventually start to appreciate the decision. more...

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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:40 PM

I'm a fan of the KC Fringe Festival, I've been several times. Building a network with them can establish a connection, so that when I start needing business I can reach out to them and perform there, which can spread my name!

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KC Dance Day Promo 2013

FREE EVENT - KC Dance Day 2013 - at the Bolender Center!
Saturday August 24, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Enjoy a free day full of children's dance classes, adult fitness and dance classes, along with performances by local dance organizations. Take a break and enjoy the food trucks or tour the great building that is home to Kansas City Ballet.

Don't miss an exciting open rehearsal and autograph signing at the end of the day by Company Dancers of Kansas City Ballet!

Preferred registration format is online at kcballet.org!

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Tormenta Quixotica - KC Fringe Festival review by Iann | KC Stage Reviews

A wonderful night out with friends to my first Fringe event this year. Tormenta Quixotica's performance, a great blend of aerial displays, dance routines, and music with an engaging story line.
Allot of elegant action going on which reminds me how talented the performers are to make the technical things seem invisible. A few of my favorites were the extortionists and how their costumes that helped accent what the human form can do yet still be a beautiful art form before the audiences eyes. Another was seeing how seamless two or in this case six people can be on the big hoop thing, and all in unison be doing what they did.

Truly amazing and talented group!

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The Next Level of Being - KC Fringe Festival review by BigBearHeart | KC Stage Reviews

The Next Level of Being is intriguing. I would say it is more of a modern dance production than burlesque. If you are a seasoned burlesque audience member than you may be disappointed by the formula. I feel it's mislabeled. However, this does not mean this isn't a spectacular show. I adored the music by Mercury Mad and the concept by Jeffrey Michael Bryant. The dancers I felt were beautiful and possessed great poise and presence. I was moved by the whole show. Definitely a must see

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Clockwork Coquette - KC Fringe Festival review by surlywench | KC Stage Reviews

The problems that plagued this performance last year are still there, though they brought back most of the good parts, as well. We'll start with the good. more...

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Clockwork Coquette - KC Fringe Festival review by designjmb | KC Stage Reviews

Last night, Saturday July 20, I attended Clockwork Coquette. I found myself very entertained by a lovely plot and beautiful women. more....

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