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Aug. 13, 2004

Kahraman Celebrates 10th Anniversary With UI Performances

The Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble, founded and directed by University of Iowa dance alumna Marie Sage, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with "Travels on a Silken Road" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27 and 28 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The production, presented under the auspices of the UI Dance Department, is a collaboration with Salaam ("peace" in Arabic), a national-touring multi-ethnic octet specializing in Near Eastern musical traditions.

On Friday evening the audience will be invited to remain after the performance for a discussion. And the anniversary festivities will move to the Mill restaurant in downtown Iowa City following the Saturday night performance for more music and dancing in the spirit of the Hafla, the traditional family/community party of the Near East.

Sage and Salaam lead percussionist Tim Moore will also offer a workshop for dancers 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Space/Place. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The workshop will explore the collaboration of dancers and drummers in Arabic tradition.

Kahraman celebrates the music, dress, dance and culture of Tunisia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Persia, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. In addition to Sage (whose stage name is Maleeha), the company features Fritha Coltrain, John Cowan, Janet Maurer, Joetta Meunier and Elizabeth Kelley.

These traditions offer a richness, diversity of power of expression that go far beyond the misconceptions and stereotypes of "belly dancing."

Maleeha has performed and taught throughout the United States and Canada, winning favorable reviews from ethnic dance publications. Arabesque magazine described her performances as "a combination of power and femininity."

Kahraman has been featured on the Iowa Arts Council and Arts Midwest Artist rosters and has attracted funding and support from the Iowa Arts Council, the Iowa Humanities Board and the UI Dance Department.

Learn more about Salaam -- founded by an Iraqi-American violist from Chicago and a Jewish bassist from New Jersey -- at

Incense will be burned during the first act of the Space/Place performance.

Admission to "Travels on a Silken Road" will be $12 ($6 for students, and free for audience members 12 and under). Advance ticket purchase is recommended, since Kahraman performances typically sell out.

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.

Registration for the workshop is $50 in advance, through Aug. 21. After Aug. 21, the fee will be $60. For information, call 319-354-9638.

Tickets to the Hafla are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets will be available in advance at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

North Hall is located at the north end of Madison Street on the UI campus. It is accessible from both Madison Street and the Anne Cleary Walk. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp.

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

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