September 2018

Christian Cherry

We are pleased to announce that Christian Cherry, musician/composer/performer extraordinaire, is working with us on The Factory Project. This evening length work will be presented April 13-14, 2019 at Dance Place in Washington, DC. Christian has worked with Kista several times in the past and is continuing a long-established working relationship with Kista and her company. He created the music/sound score for Kista’s epic work, “The Korean War Veterans Memorial Project, Forgotten No More” back in 2004; the sound score for her Ohio State University graduate thesis project, Facets; the opening and ending music for the memorable Maga back in 1995; and the original music for another one of Kista’s signature works, Snow.





In case you are wondering (and we’re sure you are), Panera Bread is supporting us in raising funds for The Factory Project. Please join us on September 16--in just a few days--between 4:00-8:00 at the Panera located at 12120 Fairfax Towne Center, Fairfax, VA 22033. If you present the linked flyer during that time (hard copy or electronic), Panera will donate 20%  of your bill to KTI.


Christian Cherry is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer whose output has been mostly in dance, theatre and collaborative performance. His work has been presented in prominent venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Cherry's work at dance festivals includes 10 years (’88-‘98) at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. and the Bates Dance Festival (‘01-‘05) in Maine. He participated in two ADF/Seoul tours to South Korea. As a dance educator, Cherry has been part of several prominent dance departments. In 1983, he joined the Ohio State University Dance Department under the generous tutelage of Richard Schenk. In 1993, he moved to Tampa, Florida to join the faculty of the University of South Florida.

In 1996, he took the music director position at the University of Illinois where he created works in a wide-ranging output emphasizing electro-acoustic scores. Cherry moved to Oregon in 2001 as music director in dance at the University of Oregon with his wife and life dance partner, Sarah Ebert.

As an associate professor of dance at the University of Oregon, Cherry has taught Fundamentals of Rhythm, Music for Dance, Accompaniment for Dance, Dance Improvisation, Production Technology, Contact Improvisation, Graduate Seminars, Aesthetics and Choreographer/Composer Workshop. His research includes collaboration and process in dance, and the poetics of dance.


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Here's What We've Been Up To

The Nelkin Project (Pina Bausch) in Charlottesville, VA with Susan Barnard
Kista Adjudicates for the American College Dance Association, ACDA, at Northwestern State University, in Louisiana, April 2-9, 2018
Kista visits The Netherlands Dans Theater in The Hague, The Netherlands, April 24, 2018
Performed in Richmond – excerpts from “The Factory Project”, June 29-30, 2018
Created new work at RSB for summer workshop, performed August 10, 2018
Rehearsed for Brooklyn Performance at the Triskelion Arts Muriel Schulman Theater throughout the summer
Rehearsed for “The Factory Project” throughout the summer
Murlarkey’s Distillery Fundraiser—July 14, 2018.  They want us back. We will repeat on March 9th 2019 (save the date)


Up-Coming Events -- Fall 2018, Spring/Summer 2019

Panera Fundraiser, Fairfax, VA—
KTI Audition--TBA
BrooklynNY-- performance at the Triskelion Arts Muriel Schulman Theater
Falls Church -- Transformations (pending)
KTI Winter Workshop--TBA
Virginia Dance Coalition, VaDC, 2019 Gala – George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (pending)
Richmond—application (pending)
Murlarkey Fundraiser—Bristow, VA
“The Factory Project” with Choreography by Kista Tucker & Music by Christian Cherry --  Dance Place, Washington, DC
European performance (TBA/pending)

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There you have it.  While you can see at a glance that are engaged and have been busy, what you are not seeing is the amount of time and effort that goes into creating and performing a new work (old ones, too). If you are so inclined, contact Kista to visit a rehearsal, a showing, a workshop, or some other event in progress. We’re sure you will be inspired.

Most images in this newsletter are from KTI rehearsals.
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