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Owen/Cox Dance Group Electronic Press Kit

Owen/Cox Dance Group's mission is to create new music and dance collaborations, to present high-quality contemporary dance performances with live music, and to engage as wide an audience as possible through affordable live performance, education and outreach programs.

With this mission in mind, founders Jennifer Owen and Brad Cox bring together some of Kansas City's most talented artists, representing a variety of genres, to perform contemporary dance with live music. With diverse backgrounds ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet and the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, to Alvin Ailey and Dave Brubeck, these dancers and musicians form a highly skilled and multi-faceted corps. The collaborative results speak for themselves: fresh and vibrant new works that are classical in form, but contemporary in expression.

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"...an innovative company filled with energy and drive, fine dancing, and careful performing." - Rhode Island NPR

"This performance was a clear indicator that Owen’s movement vocabulary is expansive and she possesses an uncanny ability to create gripping choreography and innovative partnering work." - KC Metropolis

"Kansas City’s Owen/Cox Dance Group brings to the stage an intriguing blend of classical and contemporary influences. But perhaps more importantly, the company pursues that approach while striking a balance between profundity and fun." - KC Studio

JENNIFER OWEN

Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Jennifer Owen is the Artistic Director of Owen/Cox Dance Group, an ensemble she co-founded with composer Brad Cox in 2007. She has choreographed over fifty new works for Owen/Cox Dance Group, including two commissions by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and works commissioned by Island Moving Co. of Newport, RI, Kansas City Dance Festival, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She has also created nine new works for Kansas City Ballet's In the Wings choreographic workshop, and a winning entry for the 2006 Columbus Choreography Project. Owen is the recipient of a 2000 Princess Grace Honorarium. Prior to founding Owen/Cox Dance Group, Owen enjoyed a 13-year international ballet career. After training with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, she went on to dance with the Russian State Ballet, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, BalletMet, and was a guest artist with the National Ballet of Turkmenistan. She has performed principal roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Donizetti Variations, and the central pas de deux in Todd Bolender's Arena.

REBKA SAKATI

Artistic Director - Take the Stage

From an early age, Rebka came to thrive in the dance studio, where beyond the study of technique, she learned some of life’s most important lessons about community, personal discipline, hard work and perseverance. She graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and embarked upon a professional performing career that included Kansas City Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Columbia City Ballet, Ballethnic Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, and Owen/Cox Dance Group. From her own personal journey, Rebka understands that engagement in the arts can be a life-changing transformative experience. With this she launched Take the Stage to offer high-quality arts education to underserved student populations. Rebka is proud to work with the outstanding artists of Owen/Cox Dance Group and the Greater Kansas City area to uplift children, and help them learn the keys to success through a dynamic and positive experience in the arts.

STACY BUSCH

Operations Manager

Stacy Busch is a multimedia artist and performer. Stacy is the founder and president of No Divide KC, an arts and social justice non-profit that creates artistic events for various social causes. Stacy's work has been performed nationally as well as in France and Iceland. She recently partnered with Gilda's Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer.” In 2018, her service with No Divide KC will include partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library. Stacy’s work has been performed throughout the Kansas City area including: the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Art in the Loop Kansas City, the experimental concert series ArtSounds and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She has partnered with the Kansas City Streetcar, the UMKC dance program, Charlotte Street Foundation and the electronic music non-profit KcEMA. In addition to Kansas City, Stacy's work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University.She is a two-time ArtSounds Grant recipient, a UMKC Women's Council Grant recipient and was a CITS Scholar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Stacy received her MM in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BM in composition from Western Michigan University. ​​​

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