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University of Iowa News Release

June 4, 2003

Sener Is Not Bidding Adieu With 'Farewell' Solo Dance Production

University of Iowa dance department faculty member Alan Sener will perform "Farewell," his first-ever solo concert, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 12-14, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Although the production is titled "Farewell," it does not signal that Sener is leaving the UI. In fact, he is becoming chair of the dance department, and although many academic department chairs have learned that this may mean the end of "life as we know it," it is the antithesis of a departure.

Working with UI alumnus composer Sean Seaton and a variety of visuals and texts, Sener has assembled an evening of multi-media dance/theater that addresses the many ways that we "bid farewell," from the pain of loss to the excitement and uncertainty of change.

"Some of these themes will address the challenges of coming to terms with loss," he explains, "of facing the prospect of change, of letting go of one's past, of processing the bitter-sweetness of nostalgia, of welcoming the anticipation of moving on..."

The mood ranges from comedy to pathos - from a pointed rap about the annoyances of Iowa City to a grandson's letter to a departed grandfather.

Admission will be $10 ($5 for UI students). Audience members under 12 years of age will be admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased 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 on sale at the door.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, Program: Alan Sener,

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