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Release: Feb. 4, 2000


GRADUATE DANCE CONCERT FEB. 11-12 -- Graduate-student dancers and choreographers in the University of Iowa dance department will be featured in the Graduate Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The concert, under the supervision of dance faculty member Charlotte Adams, will present eight works in a variety of styles, including "One" by E.E. Balcos, which has been chosen to represent the UI at the regional American College Dance Festival Association conference in March. "One," which features an ensemble of nine dancers, is set to "The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot" by John Adams.

Balcos is also represented on the program with "Spontaneous Combustion," an improvisation developed with Michele Kriner to trumpeter Chet Baker's recording of "My Funny Valentine" and the Yo-Yo Ma/Bobby McFerrin renditions of "Hush Little Baby" and "Somethin' Stupid."

Pointe work is featured in the duet "Morgan" by Patricia Renzetti, danced by Tarek N. Halaby and Rebecca Marcotte to music by Richard Strauss, sung by Jessye Norman.

Other works on the program are the large ensemble work "Walking Blindly Before the Sun," choreographed by Colleen Walsh to music by Olivier Messaien; the lyrical "In the Golden Wind" a quintet choreographed by Penny Askew to the Ravel string quartet; the comic "Lavage" set to Copland music by Arleen Sugano and performed by Angela Barrette; "The Second Insight," a quartet that Kriner developed to music by Thomas Tallis and Scott Johnson; and "Stool," a humorous quartet with many chairs, set to music of John Cage by Simone Ferro.

Admission to the Graduate Dance Concert will be $5 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

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BROUWER READS FEB. 15. -- Poet Joel Brouwer, recent winner of the Verena Emery Poetry Prize, will read from his first collection, "Exactly What Happened," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, and simulcast on WOI AM 640 Ames/Des Moines

In a review of "Exactly What Happened," Mary Karr concludes: "Joel Brouwer is arguably the most accomplished, hilarious poet to come down the pike in his generation. Like young Auden or Lowell, he's obviously read everything, yet he wears his learning with a kind of offhanded humor

that shows wisdom. Brouwer is also capable of a heart-breaking tenderness and wry political observations. If you want to edify yourself about this planet as it whirls toward the millennium, read this book."

Poet Thomas Lux writes, "There is a whole new, strong and necessary generation of poets coming of age in America right now and Joel Brouwer is one of the best of them I have yet read. His poems are as sharp and unpredictable as the shrapnel he writes about. He has a splendid ear, relentlessly truth-seeking imaginative abilities and a heart wide open to the world he loves. 'Exactly What Happened' will give you great pleasure and also help you endure -- there is not much more to ask of a book."

Brouwer was born in Michigan in 1968 and was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and Syracuse University. He has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at

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PERSPECTIVES, FEB. 16 -- Pamela Trimpe and Mark Ginsberg will present a gallery tour of the exhibition "Circa 1900: Art at the Turn of the Century" at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the Focus I Gallery at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Their presentation is part of the weekly Perspectives series held Wednesdays at the museum. Admission is free to both the museum and the series.

The exhibition, which includes paintings, prints, sculptures, decorative objects and jewelry, was put together by Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture at the museum, and includes jewelry loaned by Ginsberg, the owner of M.C. Ginsberg, Objects of Art of Iowa City. It is organized as a time capsule reflection on the important artistic styles of the 19th century.

Ginsberg hopes that not only will attendees "enjoy themselves, and walk away with broadened horizons, but also emerge with a new appreciation for jewelry not as craft or handiwork, but as sculptural art.

"We as a society are so focused on jewelry as a product, and emphasize the quality of materials rather than the quality of design. I hope this lecture can restore a more abstract level of appreciation to jewelry."

Ginsberg concludes, "I think 'Circa 1900' is a fine cross-disciplinary exhibit, gathering as it does art from many different media, all made around the crest of the Industrial Revolution and the birth of the modern world. The museum and M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art are natural partners in a fine, philanthropic institutional marriage."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. the day of the Perspectives program. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. is the corporate sponsor for the 1999-2000 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at

NIGERIAN POET RETURNS TO UI FEB. 18 -- Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare, a 1988 participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will return to the UI for a lecture and reading on Friday, Feb. 18. He will present the lecture, "Poetry and the Human Voice" at 3:30 p.m. in Room 304 of the English-Philosophy Building, and the reading/performance at 8 p.m. in room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building. Both events are free, and the public is invited to attend.

Osundare has written a dozen books of poetry, and his work has appeared widely in periodicals and anthologies. He has also written four playa, a book of essays on African literature and culture, and numerous works of literary and film criticism.

He is a winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and his recent awards include the Fonlon/Nichols Prize, the most prestigious award of the African Literature Association; the Noma Award, Africa's most prominent book award; and the Cadbury/ANA Poetry Prize, Nigeria's highest award for poetry.

Osundare is currently a member of the faculty of the University of New Orleans, and previously taught at the University of Ibadan. He was a Fulbright scholar-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Osundare's visit is sponsored by the IWP, the Writers' Workshop, the University Lecture Committee, PASALA, African American World Studies, the Cinema and Comparative Literature department, and the African Student Association.

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CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT FEB. 20 -- The Chamber Orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform music of Beethoven, Johann Strauss and Ernest Bloch on a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Lucia Matos, a graduate student in orchestra conducting at the School of Music, will conduct the concert.

Works on the program will be the Overture to "Die Fledermaus" by Strauss, the Concerto Grosso for piano and strings by Bloch, and the Overture to "The Creatures of Prometheus" by Beethoven.

A native of Brazil, Matos received a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Campinas. She was assistant conductor at the Campinas Symphony Orchestra and the University of Campinas Symphony 1996-98. She has appeared as a guest conductor with other orchestras in Brazil, including the Americana Symphony Rochester and the Braganca Paulista Symphony Orchestra.

At the UI she is studying conducting with William LaRue Jones, director of the University Symphony.

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