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Release: April 13, 2001


DANCE THESIS CONCERT APRIL 19-21 -- The University of Iowa dance department will present its second Dance Thesis Concert of the Spring 2000 semester at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall. The April 19-21 production will feature two large-scale works by Master of Fine Arts candidates with well-established professional careers -- this time the choreographers are Patricia Renzetti and Colleen Walsh.

Walsh was a teacher, choreographer and dancer in New York for six years, and her professional travels have taken her to Europe, Brazil and Japan. In addition to directing her own dance company, CW Danz, she has choreographed for the dance teams of the NBA’s New York Knicks, Washington Wizards and New Jersey Nets; danced and choreographed for New York’s top night clubs and musical artists; and choreographed several MTV videos and national TV commercials. She is a former soloist with the Denver Contemporary Dance Theater, and her UI choreography was selected for the gala concert of the American College Dance Festival Association, in competition with college choreography from around the country.

Walsh says of her concert-opening piece "A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime," "This 25-minute piece of choreography portrays three of the most important relationships of my adult life."

The title is take from Ilyanla Vanzant’s quote, "people are in our lives for a reason, a season, a lifetime, not everyone is here to stay." The work uses six dancers and a variety of styles to explore the lessons learned, love, friendship, betrayal, support, trust and guidance that are experienced in each relationship. The piece features original poetry by SOL, and music by Seal, Melissa Ethridge, Tracy Chapman and Andrea Tafuri.

Renzetti was a principal dancer with the London Festival Ballet, the Israel Ballet, the Iranian National Ballet, the Scapino Ballet of Amsterdam and the Colorado Ballet, and she was the director of the Colorado Ballet Academy and Colorado Ballet II, the youth company of Colorado Ballet, for five years before coming to the UI.

Renzetti’s dance/theater piece "Ophelia Awakening" was inspired by Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" and the Mary Pipher book, "Reviving Ophelia," which considers how "young girls stop being subjects of their own lives and become objects of others." The piece combines movement with Shakespearean lines and original text, and features a large cast of performers from the dance department, the department of theatre arts and the community.

Admission to the Renzetti/Walsh Thesis Concert will be $10 ($5 for UI students and free to children 12 and younger).

Tickets are available in advance from the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union,(319) 335-3041 or toll-free (800) 346-4401. The fax number is (319) 335-3407. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. In addition to cash and checks, the University Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.

Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.

The dance department is part of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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(NOTE TO EDITORS: The choreographers can be reached through the dance department, (319) 335-2228, or by e-mail: <> and <>.)