Julie Denesha

Digital Media Specialist

Julie Denesha is a freelance documentary photographer based in the Kansas City area.

Julie graduated from The University of Kansas in 1993, with degrees in Journalism and Russian Language and Literature. After college, she worked as a staff photographer for The Kansas City Star. In 1995, she moved to Europe and from 1996 to 2004, Julie was based in Prague, Czech Republic, where she covered Central and Eastern Europe for newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, Newsweek, The Economist and The Christian Science Monitor.

After moving back to the United States, Julie spent three years working as a photo editor for The Washington Times.

In 2007, Julie was awarded both a Fulbright and a Milena Jesenská Fellowship to continue her ongoing project on the Roma in Slovakia. Her project on the Roma was featured in an exhibit of the Roma at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, The World Bank in Brussels, Belgium, The Half King Gallery in New York, and The Institute For Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria.

View more of Julie's work on her website.

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Film
8:54 am
Fri March 8, 2013

True/False Film Fest Celebrates Ten Years

Tickets for a few of the films on offer this year at True/False.
Julie Denesha KCUR

True/False Film Fest celebrated its tenth year, February 28 - March 3, 2013, presenting forty-two full-length documentaries and sixteen short films from around the globe. In addition to the films, the Columbia, Mo. festival hosts musicians, art installations, and events.

KBIA interviewed filmmakers whose work screened at this year's True/False. Read or listen to the interviews here.

Performance
5:37 am
Wed March 6, 2013

[VIDEO] 'The Flying Dutchman' Captain Cursed To Sail The High Seas

Richard Paul Fink, as the cursed captain.
Julie Denesha KCUR

"The Flying Dutchman" is an early opera by Richard Wagner. And, like many of Wagner's later works, it's rooted in myth. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents this tale of a ghost captain, cursed to roam the high seas. Every seven years, the captain goes ashore – and if he finds true love, he’ll be released from the curse.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

[VIDEO] Composer Paul Rudy Enters 'Martian' Territory

Featured Musician Mark Southerland plays on one of his creations.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Composer Paul Rudy's favorite moments in music are accidents. His new work, Martian Chronicles, will have a different sound each time it is played. Rudy takes gleeful pleasure in allowing musicians so much freedom.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

[VIDEO] In Search Of The 'Krutz' Sound

Luthier Alexander Svistunov works on a bass.
Julie Denesha KCUR

In the first of a series called Tools of the Trade, we take a look inside KC Strings. It’s a workshop owned by Anton Krutz in downtown Merriam, Kan., where luthiers hand-build 50 concert-level instruments each year.  A cellist and a violinist discuss the “Krutz” sound.

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Dance
5:30 am
Thu January 31, 2013

[VIDEO] 'A Modern Night' Highlights Local Choreographers

City in Motion Dance Company rehearses "Fractals"
Julie Denesha KCUR

Choreographer Andrea Skowronek says after she creates a new work, she steps away and lets it have a life of its own. She says it then "becomes the dancer’s piece."  The annual event called "A Modern Night at the Folly” celebrates local choreography and dancers, brought together for one night of dance on the Folly stage.

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Up to Date
5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mesmerized By 25 Years Of Paul Mesner Puppets

Backstage on the set of "Martha Speaks" puppeteer Mike Horner operates the puppet Helen. When Martha the dog finds her voice adventure ensues. In its 25th season, Paul Mesner Puppets features seven different performances for children.
Julie Denesha KCUR

At a recent Paul Mesner Puppets performance of "Martha Speaks" (based on the book by by Susan Meddaugh), puppeteers Mike Horner, Erika Baker, and Finoula Emmons worked their magic behind the scenes.  Operating multiple puppets from below the stage, the three brought to life the story of a dog who let a bowl of alphabet soup go to her head.

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Arts
10:37 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Mayor's Task Force For The Arts Kicks Off Conversation

Kansas City Mayor Sly James arrives at the podium greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd.
Julie Denesha KCUR

This week marked the launch of a series of public meetings – at community centers, libraries, churches, a museum, an art gallery, even a police station - to discuss the future of the arts in Kansas City.

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Visual Arts
5:30 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Collaborating With The Xijing Men

As the Xijing Men work a sign requesting silence is posted on the door of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Kansas City Art Institute students experienced cross-cultural communication through art during a Sunday workshop with visiting artists at the H&R Block Artspace. As part of their 1o-day residency in Kansas City, the Xijing Men led the students through activities designed to inspire them to use their skills as budding artists.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

As In 'Billy Elliot,' Barriers To Boys In Ballet Disappear With Grace

Nathan Rogers, 7, laughs as he holds a pose.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The musical Billy Elliot, which won ten Tony Awards in 2009 and comes to Kansas City's Music Hall next week, teaches that to move toward a dream, the dream must involve movement.

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Performance
1:47 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Blackbird' At The Living Room

Scott Cordes and Vanessa Severo perform a scene from "Blackbird."
Julie Denesha KCUR

This season, David Harrower's "Blackbird" returns to The Living Room. It's a play exploring an unsettling relationship and its aftermath.

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Performance
4:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

[VIDEO] The Ghostly Specters Of 'A Christmas Carol'

Mark Robbins, as Ghost of Jacob Marley, and Gary Neal Johnson, as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol opens on a "cold, bleak, biting" Christmas Eve.

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Performance
10:17 am
Tue December 18, 2012

[VIDEO] Amy Farrand And Her Junk Cello

Amy Farrand
Julie Denesha KCUR

Amy Farrand builds instruments from found material in her industrial, West Bottoms neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Performance
9:59 am
Tue December 18, 2012

[VIDEO] Amy Farrand Performs 'Swing and Sway'

Amy Farrand
Julie Denesha KCUR

As part of the Up to Date series 90-Mile View, musician Amy Farrand performs "Swing and Sway" in her West Bottoms studio.

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Visual Arts
12:41 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Juilliard's President On Downtown Arts Campus: 'Go For It'

Jason Klumb, a Regional Administrator with GSA, speaks to Steve Rinne, of EDCKC, at the 2012 Downtown Council Annual Luncheon held in the Grand Ballroom of the KC Convention Center.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The headline of a recent editorial in The Kansas City Star about downtown Kansas City, Missouri declared: "A decade later, downtown has stronger heartbeat."

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Architecture
5:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

City Hall At 75

City Hall peeps through an opening in a parking garage across the street. More than 7,800 tons of stone was used to build it making the structure the fourth tallest city hall in the world.
Julie Denesha KCUR

City Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, turns 75 this year. It’s one of several city landmarks, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, designed by the architecture firm, Wight and Wight.

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Business & Tech
11:19 am
Tue December 4, 2012

[SLIDESHOW] Central Standard And Up To Date Live From The Kauffman Center

Central Standard host Jabulani Leffall and Producer Matthew Long-Middleton prepare for the Central Standard broadcast.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Central Standard and Up To Date broadcast live at the City Age, New American City Conference held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Performance
5:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

[VIDEO] Behind the Scenes: The Kansas City Ballet Costume Shop Prepares For 'The Nutcracker'

Dressed in an elaborately beaded gown, Sarah Chun poses in the costume shop.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In a basement room of the ​Bolender Center, Costume Shop Supervisor Jennifer Carroll and her assistant Joey Gee spend busy days fitting and repairing the costumes as the Kansas City Ballet prepares for its annual production of The Nutcracker.

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Up To Date
11:02 am
Wed November 21, 2012

The Art Of Carving A Turkey With Ted Habiger Of Room 39

Not quite sure how to carve a turkey?
Chef Ted Habiger of Room 39, demonstrates the secret to carving the holiday bird in his home kitchen.

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Performance
7:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Victor & Penny: Antique Pop Icons

The band Victor & Penny practice in a small studio in Columbus Park.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The term for a musical or artistic piece consisting of motifs or techniques borrowed from other sources is "pastiche."

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

[VIDEO] Fado Novato, Songs Of Heartache And Struggle

Shay Estes, vocalist for Fado Novato.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Fado is a Portuguese folk-song tradition dating to the early 19th century.

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Visual Arts
11:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Controversy In A Sculpture Garden

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens garnered national attention in recent months over a bronze statue titled "Accept or Reject." The work, by Chinese artist Yu Chang, depicts a headless, bare-breasted woman holding a camera, pointing it at herself.

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Performance
5:35 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Projecting Emotion In The Lyric Opera Of Kansas City's 'Il Trovatore'

Under a full moon, Kirk Eichelberger, as Ferrando, tells the story of a Gypsy woman burned at the stake many years ago.
Julie Denesha KCUR

When it comes to the plot of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il Trovatore - which revolves around a love triangle, murder, and revenge - audiences are advised to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the music.

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Visual Arts
5:00 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Altar Celebrates Life In Day Of The Dead Tradition

Glowing lanterns in Kirkwood Hall hang from the skylight trailing ribbons at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Julie Denesha KCUR

November 1st marks the traditional Mexican holiday called Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead –  a time to celebrate the lives of those who’ve passed away. At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, artists gathered recently to create an altar for the museum’s second annual Day of the Dead celebration.

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Performance
9:04 am
Tue October 23, 2012

'Irma Vep' A Show Dependent On Clothes Encounters

In rehearsal, Mark Robbins, as Lady Enid Hillcrest, gives a disapproving look as Ron Megee, playing Jane Twisden, pours herself another hot toddy.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre's latest production, The Mystery of Irma Vep, features eight characters of both sexes, including the Lord and Lady Hillcrest, their maid and butler, and a couple of surprise visitors.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

[VIDEO] The Pounding Rhythms Of 'Carmina Burana' Open The Kansas City Ballet Season

Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” is based on Medieval poems about love, drinking, and spirituality – some bawdy and irreverent.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Boxcar Installation Transforms Downtown Rooftop

Architectural rendering of "Prairie Logic."
courtesy of el dorado, inc.

A landscaped roof at 12th and Walnut, in the Power & Light District of downtown Kansas City, is now an art space and community focal point with the addition of a new sculpture called “Prairie Logic."

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Under A Harvest Moon
11:50 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Chef Brings A Local Touch To Powell Gardens' Annual Benefit Dinner

Matt Bunch, horticulturist at the Heartland Harvest Garden, guides Chef Ted Habiger, co-owner of Room 39, and his staff on a tour of the gardens.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The fourth annual Under a Harvest Moon: A Farm-to-Table Dinner was held at Powell Gardens' Heartland Harvest Garden on Sunday.  The annual dinner supports children's educational programs in the gardens.

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Performance
6:26 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Setting A New Beat At The Kansas City Symphony

Aram Demirjian is the new assistant conductor with the Kansas City Symphony.

Aram Demirjian joined the Kansas City Symphony as the new assistant conductor for the 2012-13 season. In this role, Demirjian conducts the Family and Pops Series concerts and other select concerts.

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Central Standard
9:27 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Connecting To Visual Arts With PLUG Projects

Artist Carrie Scanga makes an adjustment to a honey-colored tissue paper panel in PLUG Projects’ gallery space. Scanga has created a hive-like structure for the new exhibit, "BREATHE : The Emergent Colony."
Julie Denesha KCUR

On this Tuesday’s Central Standard, plug into a conversation with the artists behind the new arts gallery PLUG Projects. We’ll discuss their efforts to bring more thought-provoking works to Kansas City, local fundraising initiatives and resources to help develop local art writing and critique.

Later in the hour, visiting artist Carrie Scanga talks about "BREATHE: The Emergent Colony," her new experimental, collaborative exhibition that's transforming PLUG's gallery space.

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Performance
3:38 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Cultures Collide In 'Madama Butterfly' At The Lyric Opera

The geisha Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly, played by Elizabeth Caballero, reveals herself to Lt. B. F. Pinkerton on their wedding day in Nagasaki, Japan.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The tragic tale of love and betrayal marks the return of soprano Elizabeth Caballero to the Lyric Opera as the title character in "Madama Butterfly." Cabellero performed the role of Liù, a slave girl, in the Lyric's production of "Turandot" in 2011. 

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