CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 15, 2002
Photo: 2001 Dancers
in Company member and undergraduate dance majors J.C. Cochran from Des Moines.
UI Dancers In Company Touring Ensemble Presents 'Home'
in Company, the touring repertory ensemble of the University of Iowa dance
department, will present their annual "home" concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday, Feb. 28 - March 2, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.
Dancers in Company will also perform on the Target
Family Concert series at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in an informal show and
lecture/demonstration designed as a fun exploration of the world of dance.
The on-campus performances will launch a busy season
of concerts and educational activities for Dancers in Company. The schedule
includes performances and/or discussions in Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Waterloo,
Oxford, Anamosa, Coralville, and Belvidere, Ill. Receipts from the home concerts
help offset the cost of touring.
The 12-member ensemble, which is chosen by audition,
provides UI dance students with practical experience similar to that encountered
by professional touring dance companies. The student dancers are required
to maintain a diverse repertory while coping with travel and performing in
a variety of facilities. Co-directors of the company are faculty members Jeffery
Bullock and Charlotte Adams.
The Dancers in Company repertory features a wide variety
of dance styles, from ballet to modern dance to ethnic movement, including
dances selected especially for educational events with young audiences.
The 2002 Dancers in Company repertory features New
York choreographer Nicholas Lechter's "Bliss," combining modern dance and
hip-hop styles, a fusion reflected in the music, which ranges from traditional
R&B to hip-hop.
Adams has created a new set of Chopin waltzes for
six women with "attitude."
David Berkey, chair of the dance department, has choreographed
a new, athletic solo romp, set to the New Orleans-flavored "What a Little
Moonlight Can Do."
Faculty member Basil Thompson, former artistic director
of the Milwaukee Ballet, has contributed the ballet pas de deux "Bailero,"
set to the music of Joseph Canteloube.
Student choreographer Dawn Poirer has created a musical-chairs
dance, 'Chances Are," a quintet of wild rolling, flying and jumping.
And the concert "closer" is faculty member Armando
Duarte's "Boom Boom," which captures the exotic energy and color of carnival
in his homeland of Brazil.
The 2001 company members are undergraduate dance majors
Charlee Therese Champbell from West Des Moines; J.C. Cochran from Des Moines;
Amanda Doll from Chicago; Dayna DeFilippis from Addison, Ill.; John S.W. Duncan
from Spencer; Eulone Z. Gooding from Iowa City; Stefanie Killey from Roselle,
Ill.; Victoria Lyman from Lake Forest, Ill.; Jennifer Otto from Auburn; Emily
Price from Weatherford, Ok.; Kristin Scurlock from St. Charles, Ill.; and
Jamie Spurgeon from River Falls, Wis.
Dancers in Company 2001 performances and educational
events have been made possible through the support of Target, Land 'O Lakes
Foundation, Alliant Energy, Principal Financial Group and UI Arts Share.
Tickets for the Dancers in Company evening concerts
will be $10 ($5 for UI students). Audience members under 12 years of age will
be admitted free.
Tickets may be purchased in advance from the University
Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union. In addition to window sales at the
Iowa Memorial Union, the University Box Office may be reached by phone at
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 for the evening performances
will be on sale at the door.
Events in the Target Community Concert series are free,
but a $1 donation for adults is recommended. Donations will be accepted at
the door. Space is limited, so calling 319-335-1618 to reserve seats is recommended.
North Hall is located at the north end of Madison
Street on the UI campus. It is accessible from both Madison Street and the
Anne Cleary Walk. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp.
Dancers in Company tours under the auspices of the
UI Arts Share program. Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise
from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community
arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations
throughout Iowa and the surrounding region.
The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes
more than 70 faculty members, ensembles, and graduate students in the performing,
visual and literary arts.
For more information about Arts Share, contact program
director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <
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Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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