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Dancers in Company presents home concerts March 5 and 6 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department's touring repertory company, will launch its 1999 season with two home performances, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The performances will launch a busy season of performances and educational activities for Dancers in Company, including lecture-demonstrations on campus for school groups; concerts at Clarke College, Graceland College and Burlington; and educational events at the Bettendorf Family Museum, in Council Bluffs, in the Quad Cities, at McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids, and in Belvedere, Ill.

The 12-member ensemble, which is chosen by audition, provides UI dance students with practical experience similar to that encountered by professional touring dance companies. The student dancers have to maintain a diverse repertory while coping with both travel and performances in a variety of facilities. Co-directors of the company are faculty members Linda Crist and Charlotte Adams.

Reflecting the unusual breadth of training in the UI Dance Department, The Dancers in Company repertory ranges from ballet and contemporary dance styles to jazz and folk-flavored dance.

Guest choreographer/teacher Diane Colburn Bruning from New York is represented by "Berceuse," "a lullaby with an aura of sensuality." Bruning has choreographed for professional companies in the United States, Mexico and Ireland, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the Joffrey II Dancers.

Susan Toumine, a visiting faculty member this year, set an excerpt from the Grands Ballets Canadiens version of "Carmina Burana" on the student dancers. A faculty member of the Banff Center for the Arts, Tourmine was a leading dancer for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Graduate teaching assistant Cecil Slaughter choreographed "Merge," an abstract work that combines African and European styles of movement. Slaughter was a member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for 14 years before he came to the UI to pursue his graduate degree.

In the light-hearted "Rocky Mountain Low," graduate-student choreographer Sara Semonis explores the parallels between dance and sport -- in particular the misadventures of a first-time skier.

Faculty member Alan Sener created "Forgotten Portrait" around the idea of a picture that seems somehow familiar that is found at an auction.

Charlotte Adams, the founder and director of Tenth Street Danceworks in Tucson, joined the UI dance faculty this year. She is represented in the Dancers in Company repertory by the whimsical "Lockjaw," based on all the dos and don'ts of childhood, including the hazards of stepping on rusty nails. Adams is an expert in conditioning, and her interest in athletic movement explored in "Duet for Three."

The dance styles of Brazil contribute to "Cancoes Folcloricas" by faculty member Armando Duarte. The title refers to a style of music played by string quartets in his native Brazil.

In its lecture-demonstration, Dancers in Company will use graduate student Arlene Sugano's "Haru No Yume" (spring dream), a piece that integrates classical pointe with the fanwork of Japanese classical dance and elements of Japanese traditional theater.

Tickets for the Dancers in Company home concerts will be $5 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door. North Hall is located at the north end of Madison Street on the UI campus. It is accessible from both Madison Street and the Anne Cleary Walk. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp.

TARGET and USWest are corporate sponsors of Dancers in Company activities.

Dancers in Company tours under the auspices of the UI Arts Share Program. Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes nearly 100 faculty members, ensembles, and graduate students in the performing, visual and literary arts.

For more information about Arts Share, contact Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618.

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