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Release: March 27, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
THESIS CONCERT APRIL 5-7 FEATURES TWO LARGE-SCALE WORKS -- The University
of Iowa dance department will present a Thesis Concert featuring large-scale
works by two Master of Fine Arts candidates who are well-established dance
professionals -- E.E. Balcos and Penny Askew -- at 8 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday, April 5-7, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.
Askews dance/theater piece "At the Still Point" features
an ensemble of 20 dancers. Inspired by the poetry of T.S. Eliot, Askews
work is set to "White Man Sleeps" by Kevin Volans and "Shaker
Loops" by John Adams.
"Eliots work provided themes, rhythms, and ideas for the overall
choreographic structure," Askew explains. "The dance addresses,
in an abstract and impressionistic way, the ideas of time, inaction vs. action,
love, and how all of these elements affect the way we move through our world
and our lives."
Before coming to the UI, Askew was artistic director of the Western Oklahoma
Ballet and winner of the "Choreography Connection," awarded to the
outstanding choreographer at the Regional Dance America National Craft of
Choreography Conferences in 1996 and 1998.
Balcos set his "Luminous Rise" for 11 dancers to music by contemporary
composers including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Chris Fitkin, Graham Fitkin,
Philip Glass and Steve Reich.
"My thesis project is a modern dance work that reflects a journey of
transcendence through seven stages of life or levels of consciousness corresponding
to the Chakra System, a spiritual guide for mystics and yogis for at least
four thousand years," Balcos says.
Chakras are believed to be seven major energy centers rising along the spinal
column. These chakras or seven centers/levels of consciousness are gateways
between various dimensions. As we experience the opening of a chakra, we also
experience a deeper understanding of the state of consciousness within that
Balcos has performed widely, including productions at the Walker Art Center,
the Spirit Weaving Studio, Patricks Cabaret and the Southern Theatre
in the Twin Cities, where the Star-Tribune described him as a "modern
dance sensation." He has danced with Shapiro & Smith Dance, Florida-based
Demetrius Klein Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company, Minnesota Dance Theater,
and Theater Mu, and he has studied with Bayanihan Dance Company in Manila.
He has been a principal dancer with 10,000 Dancers, artistic director of
Young Dance, and co-artistic director of the Balcos/Rebudal Project, which
has been produced by the JoyceSOHO in New York and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.
Admission to the Askew-Balcos 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 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: <email@example.com>