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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Oct. 25, 2002
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SPAINS COMPANIA NACIONAL DE DANZA PERFORMS TO BACH NOV. 16
Spains Compania Nacional de Danza, led by renowned dancer and choreographer
Nacho Duato, will perform Bach: Multiplicity at 8 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 16, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
The public is invited to a free event preceding the Hancher performance:
Duato will discuss his interpretation of Bachs music at 3:30 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 14, in the Iowa Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.
The performance will be dedicated to the memory of dance-lover Larry Eckholt,
who was the pioneering fund-raiser for Hancher, and in recent years was a
tireless supporter and advocate of the arts in the Iowa City community. Eckholt
died last January from complications of pneumonia.
Duato, the artistic director of the Madrid-based Compania Nacional de Danza,
danced for many years with the Nederlands Dans Theater and its famed choreographer,
Jiri Kylian -- one of Eckholts favorites. When Duato returned to Spain,
he enlivened the dance culture with an infusion of the spirit and style of
contemporary European dance.
Duatos concert-length Bach: Multiplicity -- commissioned
by the city of Weimar, where Bach lived and worked for many years -- reflects
the composers musical architecture with a stage construction of scaffolds
and ramps, and the movement varies from abstract patterns to narrative encounters.
Duato says that he built a story-line into Bach: Multiplicity
to justify my choice of music. I started off by using the pieces that
I could imagine Bach wouldnt mind me dancing and created a series of
solos, duets, and ensemble sections. I felt very daring and thought that maybe
I wasnt ready to handle Bach yet, so I open the ballet with a solo for
myself that asks the composers permission to dance his music.
The critic of the Dominion wrote, This performance will remain imprinted
on your brain every time you hear Bach's music. A Sydney Morning Herald
review states, Duato's diverse selection of music by Bach is a springboard
that sounds as fresh and current as the dance looks. And the critic
of Dance International commented, Duatos creations are fast and
very dancey. They are full of inventions and wicked emotional and technical
challenges that fuse to illuminate the elusive harmony between life and art.
Compania Nacional de Danza was founded in 1979 as Ballet Nacional de Espana
Clasico, with Victor Ullate as its first director. The growing reputation
of the company was reinforced with the 1987 appointment of the famed Russian
ballerina Maya Plisetskaya as artistic director.
In 1990 Duato accepted the Spanish Ministry of Cultures invitation
to direct the national company and take it in new directions. Under his leadership
the 30-member company has advanced its solid international reputation, touring
extensively in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.
Tickets for the Nov. 16 performance are $38, $35 and $32 ($34.40 and $10
for UI students; $34.40, $28 and $26.50 for senior citizens, and half price
for audience members 17 and younger.)
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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may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff
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The performance is supported by an anonymous donor, through the University
of Iowa Foundation.
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