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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 1, 2006

Photo: Deanna Carter

UI Dance Department Presents Faculty And Student Choreography Feb. 9-11

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present a Faculty/Graduate Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 9-11, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall. The concert will feature both new student choreography and works created or staged by faculty members.

The program will include the faculty works:

-- "White Trash," a comic take on domestic violence choreographed by dance department chair Alan Sener to Led Zeppelin's "I Can't Quit You Baby" and the Jimmy Page and Chris Farlow collaboration "Prison Blues";

-- "Ostinato Pianissimo," choreographed by new faculty member Eloy Barragan to music by Alan Terricciano; and

-- "La Vida Pasa," choreography by ballet faculty member Deanna Carter to music by flamenco singer Duquende.

The program will also present several works created by graduate dance students, chosen by a faculty adjudication committee including Jennifer Kayle, Rebekah Kowal and Eloy Barragan.

"White Trash" was first performed at UC Santa Barbara in 1988, but has also been performed twice at the UI -- in Hancher Auditorium for Dance Gala '91 and in 1993 as part of "Clueless," an evening of dance and theatre by Sener.

Sener says, "It's a comedy: More personal than social."

Barragan premiered a new choreography last summer in Moscow's Bolshoi Theater in the 10th International Ballet Competition & Contest of Choreographers, and in the Alvin Ailey Studios Citigroup Theater Joan Weill Center for Dance at the Fourth International Dance Festival in New York City. "String Quartet," his contemporary ballet solo, was presented at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition in the Finnish National Opera House last June.

He is collaborating with Pulitzer-Prize-winning Writers' Workshop faculty member James Alan McPherson and art faculty member Steven Erickson on a work that will be performed by invitation at the Fifth International Dance Festival next summer.

Carter's "La Vida Pasa" was premiered in 2001 by the Dessau Ballet in Germany, where she worked before joining the UI faculty last year. Her work has also been performed recently by BalletMet, the professional company of Columbus, Ohio.

Tickets are $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.

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