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The Encounter: Akron

The Encounter: Akron was developed in partnership with Rubber City Theatre and NCCAkron, with generous support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


A live work of physical theater, this Encounter featured 12 local performers, ages 11-39. It exists within the larger project, The Encounter, which is being created with communities around the world, merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers.


The work is an encounter with oneself , pulling from what we are currently carrying in our bodies–grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power- and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time, as we dig our lives out of the pandemics of this age. The burgeoning result is a cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body as a form of communication and the potency of movement as a connective language.

The Encounter: Akron

Choreography and Direction by Kimberly Bartosik 

Creative Associate Burr Johnson

Photos by Hazen Tobar 

The development of The Encounter: Akron is made possible in part by NCCAkron with additional support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Press: Knight Foundation Grant Announcement Broadway World Announcement  Akron Beacon Journal


This work premiered August 10-12, 2023 at Sandefur Theatre in Akron, OH. 

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