CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release:March 22, 2002
(NOTE TO EDITORS: You can contact the artists by email: Mead-Finizio at JPF711@aol.com
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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
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.
For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa>.
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The UI Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts
in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.