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Nov. 22, 2006

Advanced Choreographic Design Concert 'Reflections' Set For Dec. 7-9

The University of Iowa Dance Department will present "Reflections," the fall Advanced Choreographic Design Concert, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9, in the newly renovated Space Place Theater of UI North Hall. Tickets are $12 (UI student $6; Free admission for children under 12).

"Reflections" is a collaboration among members of the Advanced Choreographic Design course, taught by faculty member Armando Duarte. The class consists of graduate students from the Departments of Dance, Theatre Arts, Intermedia and the School of Music.

Advanced Choreographic Design is a class designed to bring together advanced artists from a variety of disciplines for the purpose of creating an environment for artistic collaboration, culminating in a final performance at Space Place Theater. Students from the disciplines of dance, theatre, music, art, film and composition share ideas and knowledge to collaborate on a multi-media work incorporating the different arts languages.

The team consists of choreographers Sarah Perry and Suzanne Mary Ryanstrati, lighting designer Karl Alphonso, stage manager Josh Daniels, playwright Brett Van Fleet, costume and set designer Jamie Newman and multi-media artist William Barbour. An original score by composition student Harlan Muir will be performed live at each performance.

"Reflections" presents different views on the common topic "Want/Need" and includes the individual themes of chaos, individuality and loving an unlovable lover. The work "combines iconographic images that speak to the very human desires of when we want something and when we need something, and what do we do to get those desires met," Barbour said. The piece layers imagery and text derived from the murals of Diego Rivera, Russian theatre artist Vsevolod Meyerhold and poet Pablo Neruda.

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 to 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 part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI Department of Dance web site at

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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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