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University of Iowa News Release

June 11, 2003

Duarte Dance Works Features Guests From Houston Ballet

Duarte Dance Works, a professional company featuring the choreography of University of Iowa dance faculty member Armando Duarte, made its debut last summer, featuring soloists from the Houston Ballet. Now Duarte's company will present its "Second Season" concert, again with guests from the Houston Ballet joined by UI alumni, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

For its second season, Duarte Dance Works is taking an ambitious step: Following the Iowa City performances, the company will travel to Houston for two performances in a dance venue at the Jewish Community Center.

Houston Ballet soloists Fernando Moraga from Chile and Leticia Oliveira from Brazil, and Brazilian UI alumna Alessandra Herszkowicz from the Sandra Organ Dance Company in Houston, will be prominently featured in the 12-member company performing three premieres, plus several established works from the Duarte repertory.

Duarte Dance Works will perform the premieres of "Infancia," featuring music by Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti; "Another Taste," set to music by Brahms; and "Vuelvo al Sur," set to music by several South American composers and performed by Brazilian musical star Caetano Veloso.

Other works on the program will be "Baque," the Brazilian-flavored work that the company's premiered in its debut last summer; "Circles," set to the 1985 piano concerto by Erkki-Sven Tuur; "Noir," set to music by Rachmaninoff; "Lay of Errantry," featuring music by Mozart and Peter Hans Kuhn; "Here in this moment," with music by Robert Moran; and the Duarte signature piece, "A Taste of an Orange," which he choreographed in 1994.

The concert features costumes by Margaret Wenk and lighting by Gary N. Holmquist of the dance department staff.

"Art and education are an endless process of sharing." Duarte says. "Collaboration in all levels is key. This collaboration, this interplay between art and education, is what feeds and sustains the artist in me. The roles of artist and educator are intricately and beautifully intertwined. The creation of Duarte Dance Works allows me to bring my philosophy to both artists and audiences. With DDW I want to heighten cultural appreciation in contemporary dance."

Duarte, who holds degrees from the University of Sao Paulo in his native Brazil and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, toured the world for 14 years as a founding member of the Cisne Negro (Black Swan) Dance Company in Sao Paulo. Early in his career he received a Best New Choreographer award from the Sao Paulo Association of Arts Reviewers, and in 1989 he was a guest choreographer at the American Dance Festival.

He has choreographed more than 25 works at the UI, and he has also been awarded two Old Gold Summer Fellowships for the completion of "Floresta," a dance based on the Brazilian rain forest; and a grant from the Support Program for Arts and Humanities for the creation of "National Passion," a collaborative project with composer/percussionist Paul Cunliffe based on Brazil's soccer mania.

In 2000 he received a grant from the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative for the "Dance and Music of the Americas" project, created with dance colleague Charlotte Adams and flutist Tadeu Coelho, who was then on the faculty of the UI School of Music.

This season's performances are supported by the UI Division of Performing Arts, and by another grant from the Arts and Humanities Initiative.

His choreography has been commissioned by several repertory and regional dance companies and has been performed in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland and the US. Most recently his international guest appearances included visits to Milan, Geneva, Lausanne and Paris. In the US he has worked with the Brigham Young University, Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Crockett-Deane Ballet, Columbia Dance Ensemble in Portland, Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet, Sandra Organ Dance Company and the internationally known Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico.

Admission to the "Second Season" of Duarte Dance Works will be $12 ($6 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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BROADCASTERS: Duarte is pronounced do-ARR-tay.