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Release: Oct. 18, 2002
UI DANCE COMPANYS DANCE GALA 2002 RIDES A CRESCENDO
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The University of Iowa Dance Company will present Crescendo: Dance
Gala 2002, the UI Dance Departments major production of the season,
at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, in Hancher Auditorium on the
The performances will be dedicated to the memory of Larry Eckholt, who was
the Dance Departments first fund-raiser and in recent years was a tireless
volunteer supporter and advocate of the department until his death in January.
Emeritus dance faculty member Alicia Brown, former chair of the Dance Department,
commented, He was a friend first, and an entrepreneur second.
Crescendo will feature new choreography by dance faculty members
Charlotte Adams, David Berkey, Jeffery Bullock, Armando Duarte and Basil Thompson.
The crescendo -- a process of growing intensity -- is an expressive marking
well-known by audiences of the performing arts. The UI Dance Department chose
the title Crescendo to reflect the growth of Dance Gala over the
years from a modest production in a small space to a large-scale production
on one of the nations major dance stages.
But Crescendo is also a fitting image for the growing intensity
of creation, design, technical work and rehearsal that climaxes in each seasons
Dance Gala production -- all accomplished in a little more than two months
The Crescendo concept will carry forward from the rehearsal studios,
and the costume and scene shops, into the Dance Gala performances in Hancher.
The choreographers have collaborated to create transitions between the pieces,
embodying the continuity that is one of the components of the crescendo.
The production will open with the premiere of Berkeys Re-Entry,
set to music of Thomas Newman, Andrea Morricone, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov
and John Stafford Smith. Berkeys contemporary quintet will use entrances
and exits of a steel structure designed by Margaret Wenk to explore ideas
of how liberty and identity find renewal. Berkey has just experienced a re-entry
of his own, returning to the UI from a two-week residency at the Beijing Dance
Academy in China, where he set his signature work, Sentinel (which
was premiered in an earlier Dance Gala) on the academys company.
Thompsons new ballet, Trois Geometries, uses the atmospheric
Trois Gymnopedie by French composer Erik Satie, performed by pianist
Lyle Juracek. Thompson, former artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet,
drew inspiration for this trio from Sir Frederick Ashtons Monotones.
Bullocks project is a departure from the intense, issue-oriented, narrative
dance/theater works he has created for the last two Dance Gala productions.
Encounter, his work for an ensemble of 13 student dancers, uses
a hybrid of contemporary movement styles to open up the performance
space. The choreography responds to a soundscape of re-mixed music --
including excerpts from the soundtrack of Alien -- in his second
collaboration with sound designer/composer Rod Mickle.
The road to self-acceptance is the theme of Adams premiere, The
Mountains of Kansas, featuring music including Sarah Vaughans
recording of Over the Rainbow. Soon after the Dance Gala, a concert
of Adams work will be presented in New York: she has been selected for
the second time to be featured at Joyce SoHo.
The one work of the Dance Gala program that is not a premiere is Duartes
Baque, which he created for Ten, the summer debut
of Duarte Dance Works at the UI. Originally choreographed for 10 dancers,
including guests artists Dominic Walsh, principal of Houston Ballet and UI
alumna Alessandra Herszkowicz, Baque, which features a variety
of music from Brazil, Duartes homeland, has been restaged for an ensemble
of 14 female dancers.
Although I kept the same choreographic structure, I changed the overall
spatial orientation of the piece and explored new movement possibilities with
the dancers, Duarte explains. There is more depth and a lot of
exploration of partnering among the dancers.
The artistic team for Crescendo also includes lighting designer
Laurel Shoemaker and sound designer Gary Holmquist,
Tickets for Crescendo: Dance Gala 2002 are $20 and $18 ($12 and
$10 for UI students, $10 and $9 for senior citizens and youth). $40 Patron
Tickets are available to audience members who wish to provide additional,
much needed support for the UI Dance Department.
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology.
Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through
Hanchers website: <http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher
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