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Release: Nov. 27, 2002

UI Dance Department Presents Choreographic Design Concert Dec. 13-14

The University of Iowa Dance Department will present "Refraction (_____)," its fall Advanced Choreographic Design Concert, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Dance faculty member Jeffery Bullock explains, "Refraction is the notion of looking through a prism to see many different perspectives. The (___) asks the audience to fill in the blank for what they see and interpret."

The concert will feature four works, created by interdisciplinary teams of artists including choreographers, dancers, theatrical directors, visual designers, composers and musicians.

"The works are experimental, pushing the boundaries of what movement and performance can be," Bullock says. "The collaborators are opening up the performance space of dance in performance. The works are on the edge of blurring some of the lines of performance art."

In "When you look at me, do you see Me?", collaborators Tracy Vacura, William Barbour and Laura McPherson use 15 performers, mirrors, photo collage, video, movement and speech to examine how we look at ourselves and how we think others see us.

"Landscape no.29" combines the work of composer Tim Fischer, choreographer Dawn Poirier, dancer Tamara Schreiber and director Jeremy Wilhelm, with Fischer's music performed by pianist Michael Cash and oboist Alberto Grossi. The collaborators' goal was to explore the elements that their art forms have in common -- sound, movement and objects.

Dance students Meghan Beresford and Andrew Golla took a playful attitude toward their piece exploring artistic relationships -- performer to performance, audience to performance, and performer to audience. They and their ensemble asked themselves questions including: Why do we perform? What is the audience for? What is the relationship between performer and audience?

The fourth piece, "random (f)," was created by choreographers Tony Orrico and Tamara Schreiber, composer Tohm Judson, and their ensemble. This work inquires about the "controlling voice" within the process of collaboration. Who or what is communicating the intent to the audience, the choreography, the music or the dancers? The work juggles these elements to explore the challenges inherent in artistic communication.

Tickets for the Advanced Choreographic Design Concert are $10 ($5 for UI students and free for children 12 and under) and may be purchased 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. Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door. In addition to cash and checks, the University Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.

The Dance Department is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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