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    Above: Robert Wesner. Photos courtesy Neos Dance Theatre. When Neos Dance Theatre steps onto the stage of the Akron Civic Theatre Friday, the company will transport the audience into an immersive experience where fanciful special effects, animation and film amplify the beauty of human movement. The debut of “Media and Movement” is the latest work from Neos Dance Theatre funded by Knight Foundation to introduce new audiences to its performances and integrate dance with other forms of artistic expression.   The community will even be part of the performance through film footage by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Andy Gardner, who invited residents to be a part of the filming process.  Neos also cast dancers from The University of Akron who will perform onstage alongside Neos dancers Friday. “For an overarching experience the evening will be very diverse,” said Neos Dance Theatre Artistic Director and Co-founder Bobby Wesner.  “The new work will be extremely visual.” “Media and Movement” will be the fourth production for Neos that incorporates Gardner’s work, which Wesner said is a perfect fit for the type of modern dance the company will present.