2018-19 Sponsorship of guest choreographer, Sarah Tallman and resident choreographer and costume designer, Suwatana Rockland.
Sarah Tallman’s guest residency and choreography for Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance, and resident choreographer, Suwatana Rockland's choreography and costume designs are made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
East Meets West hosted 10 dancers and faculty members from Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University in 2017. We performed in a collaborative concert with the KSU Thai Music Ensemble Spring 2018. Plans are underway to bring a group of 15 KSU dancers and musicians for 2 weeks of artistic inquiry and collaboration culminating in performances in Thailand, January 2019!
EMW wins 1st place for KSU Undergraduate Research Symposium for 2nd year in a row!
Are you curious about what a KSU Freshman experienced in her 2017 East Meets West Trip? Check out this journal/PowerPoint by Nicole Crowl - KSU Freshman, class of 2020. See how this experience unfolded for one of our outstanding Freshmen!
EAST MEETS WEST IN THE NEWS!
2017 marked the establishment of the Kent State Student Organization - East Meets West. The constitution was created under the direction of Student President and KSU class of 2018, Brittany Kloes. Take a moment to view Brittany's journal, and the EMW Constitution. Great work Brittany! We miss you!!!
The First East Meets West Trip - with contributions from all 2016 participants and Power Point by Laura Wester, KSU class of 2018.
2017 Memories of a lifetime!
East Meets West successfully arranged the collaboration between SSRU and Kent's Thai Music Ensemble!
Check out the concert here:
Dance '17 Mosaic was a concert featuring several world premieres and performances by dancers from Kent State and Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University.
Check out our Facebook Page for some great photos from this concert:
SSRU and KSU Dancers shared a great time in Kim Karpanty's Jazz Styles I Class:
From October 2017:
East Meets West is gearing up to host Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University:
With support from the KSU's Undergraduate Student Government, the College of the Arts, the School of Theatre and Dance, The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and several generous individual sponsors, Kent State and East Meets West will be hosting 10 visitors from Thailand for two weeks from 11/24/17-12/8/17.
Check out these articles for more news:
East Meets West 2017:
The East Meets West 2017 trip was a huge success!!!
In addition to enjoying a great time in Bangkok and our traditional visit to Ayutthaya (ancient Siam), we spent half our time in beautiful Hua Hin, where we were invited to perform at the famous VIC Hua Hin Theatre of Patravadi's High School of the Arts! It was quite an amazing trip, and our Thai hosts led by Professor Tawalwongsri were so kind, generous and hospitable! Check out some of the new attachments including journals from two of this year's students and the video of the finale piece from our concert. This piece was choreographed and performed to a score that was inspired by the beauty of Hua Hin. In fact, it was composed by the late King Bhumibol, who past away last October after leading his country for more than 70 years. It was our gesture of respect for a country we have all grown to love and the musical king that was thought of as the father of his country.
East Meets West Also provides a platform for students to showcase their choreography to an international audience. Take a moment to check out what KSU class of 2018 EMW '17 member, Maddie DeLong choreographed and had performed in Thailand this year!
2016 was our first year:
Kent January 4-18, 2016, I took eight Kent State University dancers on a trip to Thailand which completely changed their lives and mine as well!
With opportunities to take class, give class and collaborate with Thai dancers and faculty, the Kent dancers became completely immersed in creative and cultural splendor!
At the end of less than 2 weeks, an evening performance had been created as the culminating event of the East Meets West conference held at SSRU University in Bangkok.
Returning from Thailand, the Founding Members of East Meets West presented their research at Kent's Undergraduate Research Symposium and were then invited to share their findings at the Graduate School Research Symposium. Members from this ground breaking group will perform for the International Liquid Crystal Conference, being held at Kent State August 2nd, and they will take part in the Kent Creativity Festival September 24th.
This educational program goes beyond classroom and studio training. It challenges students to problem solve and think creatively and collaboratively. Involved in the planning and fundraising efforts from the beginning, students become familiar with the nuts and bolts of creating opportunities related to their chosen field of study.
Many of the Kent students that participate in this program would not be able to do so with out the support of people like yourself. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to ensure that East Meets West is able to continue to offer students this life changing educational experience. All students chosen to participate must demonstrate a high level of talent and skill and also present a research proposal aligned with the educational mission and goals of East Meets West.
Students who participated in this amazing journey created blogs, power point presentations and even a short documentary film!
In Thailand, students and faculty are housed on campus right across from the theatre. This university is in downtown Bangkok, so there were many excursions for shopping, eating and site seeing.
One day, after rehearsal, we joined our Thai hosts and took a trip to Bangkok's zoo.