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Release: April 19, 2000

(EDITORS NOTE: Armando Duarte and Charlotte Adams can be reached at the UI dance department, 319-335-2228, or by e-mail: <> or ">.)

UI dance and music faculty collaborate on 'ROMPE! -- The Music and Dance of the Americas'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "ROMPE!: The Music and Dance of the Americas," a concert-length performance piece, will explore the melodies, rhythms and movement of indigenous American cultures at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29 in the Space/Place Theatre of North Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The audience at the Saturday night performance will be invited to remain after the performance for a discussion with the artists.

The production is a collaboration of faculty choreographers Armando Duarte and Charlotte Adams of the UI dance department and musical director Tadeu Coelho, a faculty member in the UI School of Music. The performance by the UI Dance Company also features choreography by recent UI dance graduate Sara Semonis.

Brazilian flutist Coelho will perform original music by UI graduate student Alexandre Lunsqui from Brazil, as well as the music of other North American and South American composers -- including tango king Astor Piazzolla, Samuel Barber, Eduardo Gamboa, Katherine Hoover, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Zequinha de Abreu, Calado, Pixinguinha, and Waldyr Azevedo -- primarily with the accompaniment of a computer playing MIDI arrangements. The computer will also provide transition music between the pieces to create a seamless 75-minute production.

Six dances will be premiered in the production. Duarte, who was born and raised in Brazil, has contributed "Chorinos," "ROMPE!" and "Duo," and Adams has choreographed "The Secret Life," "Wild Life Study" and "Passageres." Duarte and Adams will perform the duo "Cafe," a humorous portrait of a long-term relationship, choreographed for them by Semonis.

Duarte's "Chorinos" is based on the choros, an extremely popular style of Brazilian instrumental music that began its development at the end of the 19th century. Adams' "The Secret Life" is set to Native American flute music, and her "Wild Life Study" uses Lunsqui's "Circus," based on Mexican orchestral music of the 1920s.

"ROMPE!" features costume design by Margaret Wenk and Erin Howell-Gritsch and lighting by Gary N. Holmquist.

Admission to "ROMPE!" will be $5 ($4 for students and senior citizens) at the door.

"ROMPE! -- The Music and Dance of the Americas" was made possible through a collaborative grant from the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative Program.