CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
NEW DANCE COMPANY PERFORMS AT UI JUNE 6 and 7 -- Highly Trained Pedestrians,
a new eight-member dance company directed by recent University of Iowa
dance graduate Rani Welch, will perform "Spectacle" at 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, in the Space/Place of UI North Hall.
"Spectacle" is seven works choreographed by Welch and produced
under the artistic direction of Bret Gothe, a UI intermedia art alumnus.
Some of the works address issues of concern to high-risk junior high
and high school students. Residents of Youth Homes, a local non-profit
human services agency, will view the production and attend workshops offered
by Welch and her dancers.
Welch has been featured as a choreographer and dancer in numerous UI
dance concerts. She has also choreographed for the Iowa Arts Festival and
Riverfest, and she has presented workshops for Arts Share, the UI arts
outreach program. Her work has also been seen at Jacob's Pillow, the Performance
Choreography Conference of Regional Dance America, and the Biennial International
Dance Festival in Lyon, France.
Gothe's local design credits include "Irving Weber's Iowa City,"
"The Black Monk," "TeKNOWLEDGEy," "Floresta"
and thesis concerts by several dance department students.
The performance, co-sponsored by the UI dance department, is supported
by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
Admission to the concert will be $5 ($4 for UI students) at the door.
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SWANDER READS FROM NEW GARDENING ANTHOLOGY JUNE 9 -- Writer Mary Swander,
a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from
"Bloom and Blossom," the new gardening anthology she edited,
at 8 p.m. Monday, June 9, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City. "Bloom and Blossom" is a new hardcover
release by Ecco Press.
Also reading will be UI English faculty member Carl Klaus, whose writing
is included in the volume. Klaus is the author of "My Vegetable Love:
A Journal of a Growing Season," published in 1996 by Houghton Mifflin.
The reading will be broadcast live as part of the "Live at Prairie
Lights" series on WSUI radio, AM 910.