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Release: Jan. 23, 2001
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UI dance faculty choreographers present works old and new in Feb. 1-3
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 "dos" and "donts" 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 Couperins 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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