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Berkey unveils new dance company in Aug. 22-23 UI performances
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Dance Department faculty member David
Berkey will unveil his new David Berkey Dance Company in "Modus Operandi"
at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 22-23, in the Space/Place Theatre
of UI North Hall.
"Modus Operandi" will feature four new dances choreographed by
Berkey, plus two Berkey-repertory favorites restaged for the company. "Out
of the Blue" from 1994 is a romantic romp danced to old standards, while
"Blind Date" is the lighthearted narrative that was honored at the
regional American College Dance Festival in 1993, performed by its original
New dances include "Nomad," a male duet based on the story of Cain;
"Along Came the Spider," a provocative male/female duet; and "Modus
Operandi," an ensemble work for the company with music by Iowa City composer
Dancers Jeff Curtis, Lisa Kneller, Chalie Livingston and Daniel Stark return
to their Iowa City dance roots to form the four-member company. All worked
extensively with Berkey as UI students before graduating to join professional
companies including Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, Shapiro and Smith Dance, MEGATRON
and Corning Dances and Company.
Berkey has choreographed more than 40 dances for the students at the UI.
"Critical Mass" and the lyric men's quartet "Sentinel"
are two recent dances that were enthusiastically received by Iowa audiences.
"Sentinel" has been invited into the repertories of major international
dance companies including Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and France's Ballet
Berkey has staged and created dances for noted companies and universities
including Ballet Arizona, the Eugene Ballet, The Yard Inc., the University
of Hawaii, the University of Arizona and the University of Oregon.
Barbara Allen wrote in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, "Berkey's 'Tango
Della Morte' is the finest piece of the evening. Both the dancing and choreography
transcend the stage and take the audience to a world beyond."
Admission to the Aug. 22-23 debut performances of the David Berkey Dance
Company will be $6, ($4 for UI students) at the door.