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Release:March 22, 2002

(NOTE TO EDITORS: You can contact the artists by email: Mead-Finizio at and Burnett at

UI Dance Department presents Thesis Concert April 4-6

The University of Iowa Dance Department will present a Thesis Concert by graduate choreography students Margaret A. Mead-Finizio and Kathleen Burnett at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 4-6, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Burnett's thesis, "Passage to Destiny," is a dance/theatre production exploring addictive behavior and recovery. The cast includes 11 dancers and five actors who develop the story line through both movement and text. Burnett has chosen an eclectic mix of music, including works of Thomas Newman, James Horner, Gabrielle Roth and Sheila Chandra, and Eric Clapton.

Burnett began research on this project last summer when she held 10 community workshops exploring addictive behavior through creative writing, visual art, drama and dance. The resulting thesis production addresses aspects of addition including denial, self-realization, self-transformation, relapse and the quest for spirituality.

Mead-Finizio's "Upon These Shores" responds to the "Troubles" between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Her cast of 20 dancers from the UI Dance Department is augmented by eight children from the Ballet Academy in Cedar Rapids, where she teaches. "My intention is for them to represent hope for the future," she says. She has chosen a variety of music, including traditional Irish tunes.

Mead-Finizio received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from Florida State University. After graduation she returned to her hometown of Flint, Mich., to work for The Flint School of Performing Arts, the Flint Youth Theatre and the University of Michigan-Flint. She is still on staff at Flint Youth Theatre as their resident choreographer, and she often takes time out from her studies at the UI to choreograph for their productions.

She is company manager for Dancers In Company, the UI touring repertory ensemble, and she participates in the UI Arts Share program, teaching creative movement in area schools.

Burnett received her bachelor's degree in dance from University of

Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. For 21 years she maintained her own dance company and studio -- the Burnett Dancensemble and the Burnett Dance Center -- in Quincy, Ill, before coming to the UI in January 2000 to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree.

Tickets for the Burnett/Mead-Finizio Thesis concert at $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.

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 will be available at the door. 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.

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