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Release: Jan. 23, 2001

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Cameras will be welcome at dress rehearsals, 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 30 and 31.)

UI dance faculty choreographers present works old and new in Feb. 1-3 concert

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Faculty of the University of Iowa Dance Company will present a concert of their choreography and performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 1-3, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The concert will offer a variety of works, old and new, by faculty members Charlotte Adams, David Berkey, Armando Duarte, Alan Sener and Basil Thompson.

Armando Duarte will premiere two new works, "Circles," a duet performed by student dancers Alessandra Herszkowicz and Jerome Stigler to music by Erkki-Sven Tuur; and "Bucket," a solo performed by Angela Barrete, with music by Hans Peter Khun.

Of "Circles," which features pointe work by Herszkowicz, Duarte explains, "The choreography involves a series of partnering and abstract movements based on the images of circles suggested by the music scores.

"Bucket," he says, " is based on a range of different emotions: from desire to fear; from aggression to submission, originated by the relationship created between the dancer and a bucket."

Dance Department Chair David Berkey, just back from New York, where he created "The Flying Lesson" for American Ballet Theatre II, is completing work on a solo, which will also be premiered on the concerts.

Alan Sener will reconstruct "Couples", a collection of four duets that take a look at the various ways love is expressed in relationships, featuring music by Iowa City composer Sean Seaton. This work was first performed as part of "Clueless," a full evening of dance he presented in 1993.

Charlotte Adams will be represented by two of the works she will present in New York this spring at the Joyce Soho. She will perform in "Lockjaw," a large-ensemble piece created in 1998 to music of Couperin, Daquin, Handel and Scarlatti. This piece is based on childhood stories from the dancers, and all the "do’s" and "don’ts" children hear growing up, including warnings about the threat of lockjaw.

Her trio "If Love Could Die," set to vocal music of Couperin, was described as "hauntingly beautiful" by critic Gene Armstrong of the Arizona Daily Star. The subject matter of death is dealt with abstractly, intertwining the two voices of Couperin’s music with the lyrical movement to create a piece about love and loss.

Basil Thompson, former artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet, is reconstructing the Anthony Tudor comedic ballet "The Judgement of Paris," set to music by Kurt Weill. Thompson will make his UI performance debut in this piece, in the role of the waiter.

Admission to the Faculty Concert will be $10 ($5 for students). Children under 12 will be admitted free.

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 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.

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