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University of Iowa News Release

March 24, 2004

UI Dance Department Presents Thesis Concert April 1-3

The University of Iowa dance department will present a Master of Fine Arts thesis concert featuring performer Maureen Miner and choreographer Amanda Hamp at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 1-3 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Miner will be the featured performer in all the pieces on the program:
-- a duet set to Dvorak's music by UI alumna Sara Semonis, who is now on faculty at Illinois State University, featuring guest dancer Ed Rice from Illinois State;
-- "The Imagined Offense," a duet choreographed by dance faculty member Charlotte Adams in collaboration with Miner and dancer Jayme Heaberlin; and
-- Hamp's "Oath," an ensemble piece set to original music by Luke Dahn and Evan Kuchar, composition students in the UI School of Music.

Costumes for "Oath" were conceived by Hamp and constructed by Sally Bowers of Clothworks in Iowa City.

Lighting designers for the concert are Gary Holmquist, technical director for the UI Dance Department, and Patty Ruska.

Hamp has choreographed for and performed in UI dance concerts, worked as a teaching and research assistant and taught dance in area studios and schools. She was a visiting faculty member at Luther College in 2002, and joined Black Earth Collaborative Arts Company for their project with NEW ARTiculations Dance Company in Tucson the following summer. She received a bachelor's degree from Luther College and a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Center for Movement and Dance in London.

Miner is a graduate teaching assistant in the dance department. She graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Last year she was a member of Dancers in Company, the UI touring ensemble. In addition to performing in two Dance Gala concerts and many student and faculty concerts, she was represented by a piece she called "something simple" on the department's most recent Faculty/Graduate Concert. She has also taught classes for the Art Share outreach program and Dance Forum.

Tickets for the thesis concert 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 for the performances will be on sale at the door.

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. Convenient parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp at the northern terminus of Madison Street.

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

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