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Aug. 26, 2005

Sener Explores Travel In 'Passport' Solo Dance Performance Sept. 8-10

Alan Sener, chair of the University of Iowa Dance Department, will present his new solo production, "Passport," at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 8-10 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

"Passport" completes a trilogy of Sener solo productions -- funny, observant and poignant takes on comings and goings and now, experiences in transit -- that began with "Farewell" two years ago and continued with "First Impressions" last season.

Sener explains, "'Passport' inspects the implications of travel, the place between departure and arrival, the liminal state between coming and going."

The production was written and choreographed by Sener, and the performances again feature original music by UI School of Music alumnus Sean Seaton and sound engineering by Rod Mickle of the UI Audiovisual Center.

"Passport" includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether the production is appropriate for them should contact the Dance Department, 319-335-2228, for additional information.

Sener, who is beginning his third year as Dance Department chair, was a principal dancer with the Louis Falco Dance Company in New York City from 1978 to 1983 and performed extensively in theatres and on television throughout the world. He served for 15 years as Louis Falco's choreographic assistant on feature films, music videos and television commercials, and has served for the creation and reconstruction of Falco ballets for many of the world's leading dance companies.

In 1993, Sener was entrusted with the artistic direction of the Falco Repertory and continues to stage the late choreographer's work internationally -- including productions of Falco's "Escargot" and "Hero" in the UI Dance Company's 2003 and 2004 Dance Galas.

Since his arrival at Iowa in 1991 he has created more than 50 new dance works and has restaged a dozen pieces from his own repertory of contemporary choreography. Continually active as a freelance choreographer, Sener has choreographed and taught at numerous colleges and universities.

His dance credits as a performer and choreographer in film and television include seven national commercials, three music videos, two industrial videos and two feature films. His choreography for theater includes the Cleveland Playhouse production of "A Wonderful Life" and the University Theatres productions of "Cabaret," "Hair," "Pericles" and "The Tempest."

Admission to Sener's "Passport" will be $12 ($6 for students).

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.

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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