October 8, 2014

Störling Dance Theater presents "Parables & Prayers" at The Polsky

Störling Dance Theater, a Kansas City
Professional Dance Company, presents "Parables
& Prayers" with new work, "For Those Who
Mourn", dedicated to the victims of the Jewish
Community Center shooting and the Jewish
Community, as well as a classic Störling piece
dedicated to the victims of ISIS.

Artistic Director and Choreographer, Mona
Störling-Enna has long been a part of bringing
dance into life since the beginnings of her
choreographic career in Finland. Her photo
album includes photos of her as a teenager with
Polish Solidarity leader, Lech Walesa after
smuggling Bibles into Poland in her costume
luggage on her way to perform for the
Communistic ruled people.

In "Parables & Prayers", Mrs. Störling-Enna
will present two works specifically dedicated
to recent struggles and tragedies: The Jewish
Community Center shooting and the slaughter of
innocents in Iraq by terrorists.

"For Those Who Mourn" shares a tender and
intimate look at the aftermath of the tragedy
in Overland Park. When Mona heard about the
Community Center shootings, it hit close to
home as the list of victims included former
Culture House student, Reat Underwood and his
grandfather. "For Those Who Mourn" is
dedicated to those who must live on after this
tragedy and those that are there to bring
comfort. The Jewish Community as a whole was
also targeted in this nightmare. "For Those
Who Mourn" is also dedicated to them with the
hopes of expressing unwavering support from the
community at large. The music of Rob Lane
provides the soundscape for the beautiful
movement and meaning of this unique dance.

"Her Last Prayer" was first premiered in 2002
and was designed after a true story of a young
teenage girl in China killed for her faith. It
is being revived this fall as we see the rise
in persecution of Christians and others not
compliant with the terrorist's ideals. The
sparse and haunting music of Estonia's, Arvo
Pärt is the perfect backdrop to this fragile
and moving dance.

Together with Associate Artistic Director,
Tobin James, Störling-Enna has crafted a fall
concert that is full of meaning and beauty, wit
and irony. Audiences should come prepared to
taken on a fast paced journey through a variety
of worlds and emotions. Other new works being
premiered at this event are Tobin James' "Don't
Say A Word" and Störling-Enna's fiery "Dirty
Laundry". James and Störling-Enna make a power
team as they fuse their two very different
styles to create a complex and sophisticated
repertoire for one of the most compelling dance
companies in Kansas City.

Störling Dance Theater hit the Kansas City
dance scene with strength in 2001 when it
presented "The Prodigal Daughter" which was
quickly chosen as one of K.C.'s Top 15 of the
year. Its production "UNDERGROUND",
choreographed by Störling-Enna and Tobin James
was chosen by critic, Paul Horsley, as one of
the Top 10 performances of the Decade and is in
its 8th year of annual presentation now held at
the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Mona Störling-Enna is founder of Störling Dance
Theater and the acclaimed Culture House Academy
of the Performing Arts.

Störling Dance Theater
"Parables & Prayers"
October 24, 2014 – 7:00pm
October 25, 2014 – 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Polsky Theater at the Carlsen Center (JCCC)
12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66205

All seats: $25

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