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April 4, 2007

UI Dance Department Presents MFA Thesis Concert April 12-14

The University of Iowa Dance Department will present "april's own april," a Master of Fine Arts thesis concert by Ellie Goudie-Averill and Jennifer Kray, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

This early-spring concert will explore life's emergences, convergences, consistencies and changes. Goudie-Averill and Kray will each perform in three works, including one together.

"Incompleteness Theorem," a solo choreographed for Kray by faculty member Daniel Stark, is based upon a theorem of the same name discovered by the mathematician Kurt Gödel. This work abstractly delves into the implications of Gödel's theorem, concentrating on the differences between human and mechanical methods of reasoning and the self-contradictions encountered in self-awareness.

Faculty member Jennifer Kayle's "Another Search Party: essays in InterPOTATiOn" is a quartet danced by Goudie-Averill with Jenna Riegel, Edward Rice and Paul Christiano. "Another Search Party" is the fifth installment in Kayle's ongoing series, "talking directly to the audience."

Goudie-Averill's self-choreographed solo "awake's awake" is "the physical journey of waking up and waking up to your honest self while in the midst of a frantic and chaotic world."

"Forty Words for Flying," an abstract duet choreographed by faculty member Charlotte Adams and performed by Kray and Lovar Davis Kidd, explores how unconscious physical and emotional boundaries can cause spiritual and emotional fulfillment to become hidden in plain sight.

Guest artist Susan Warden's "Lamentate" is a duet featuring both Goudie-Averill and Kray, and the ensemble also includes Molly Jones, Kendall Rutherford, Tiffany Sutterer and Rachel Wise. This work deals with the grief and mourning mothers suffer after losing a young child in war.

Goudie-Averill and Kray worked with Warden while living and performing in the Kansas City area and invited her to create a new work for their thesis concert.

Warden was Artistic Director of her own company, the Susan Warden Dancers in Manhattan and Kansas City, and the 940 Dance Company in Lawrence. She is a frequent guest choreographer and teacher for dance companies and colleges throughout the region. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts choreography fellowships and a Kansas Arts Commission Choreography Fellowship, and she was the 2005 recipient of the Roni Mahler Award, an award given by Kansas State University for contributions to dance at the university and in the region.

Goudie-Averill, a graduate of the University of Kansas, choreographed for the film "Air," which is now in post-production, and co-founded the Bowery Dancers in Lawrence, Kan.; performed with the Cohan/Suzeau Dance Company; and is on the roster of the UI Arts Share program. While at the University of Kansas she taught at the Lawrence Arts Center and the Dance Gallery.

Kray is also on the Arts Share roster. A native of Auburn, Iowa, she received her bachelor's degree in dance from the UI in 2002. She was a member of the department's touring ensemble, Dancers in Company, for two seasons, and has been in the companies of faculty members Charlotte Adams and Armando Duarte, as well as aha! dance theatre. In Kansas City she taught at City in Motion, Community School of the Arts and the Ibsen Dance Theatre.

Tickets to "april's own april" 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.

The Dance Department is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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