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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2005

Afro-Cuban Drum And Dance Ensemble Performs Oct. 13-15

The University of Iowa Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble will present a concert of Afro/Cuban folkloric music, song and dance at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 13, 14 and 15 in the Space/Place Theater in the UI North Hall.

The Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble (ACDDE) is an interdisciplinary music and dance group in the UI Division of Performing Arts that explores folkloric dance, drumming, and songs of the culturally rich Afro-Cuban traditions. The ensemble is led by Dance Department faculty member Dan Stark, together with adjunct faculty James Dreier from the School of Music and Paul Cunliffe from the Dance Department.

The October concert will include musical traditions derived from the Yoruba and Bantu branches of the Afro/Cuban musical heritage. These include, Iyesa, Makuta, Bembe, Rumba Yambu and Rumba Guaguanco. The ensemble engages these influential traditions with the three essential elements of all Afro/Caribbean music: drumming, song and dance.

With more than 35 dancers and drummers, the ACDDE grew out of the Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble, formed in the UI percussion area. In 2001 Dreier and Cunliffe attended a workshop in Matanzas, Cuba, led by the internationally known rumba group Los Munequitos de Matanza. They returned in 2002 with Dan Stark and a group of UI percussion and dance students for a week of intensive training.

The ACDDE performs several times throughout the year, including a fall concert at the Space Place and as part of the annual World Percussion Extravaganza in the spring along with such world-influenced ensembles as the PanAmerican Steel Band, the Chinese Percussion Ensemble and the World Percussion Ensemble. The ACDDE also presents an informal "Show and Tell" concert at the end of each semester. The group performs community outreach programs through UI Arts Share for schools throughout Iowa, and was chosen to perform at the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Nashville.

Admission to the UI Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble Concert will be $12 (UI student $6; free admission for children under 12).

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 and School of Music are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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