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Feb. 19, 2007

Support The Home Team: UI Dancers In Company Kicks Off Season March 1-4

Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department's touring repertory company, will kick off its 2007 season with their "home concert" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3, in Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Receipts from the concert help to offset the costs of touring, which is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program.

In addition, the company will perform an hour of excerpts from the repertory in a free Target Community Concert for families at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4.

This year's repertory includes ballet, improvisation, modern dance and contemporary movement. In addition to choreography by Dance Department faculty members, this year's repertoire features the 1951 modern dance classic "Games," by Donald McKayle, and New York choreographer Bill Young's "ChorusStories/LoveLines." Both of these works were included in the UI Dance Company's Dance Gala last fall.

McKayle, recently named one of "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100," set "Games" on UI dancers during a September residency as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. "Games," which has been continuously in the professional repertory since its creation, depicts the joys, hopes, concerns and dangers experienced by urban children at play.

In 1986 "Games" was the pilot work that inaugurated the American Dance Festival's ambitious project "The Black Tradition in American Modern Dance," through which many modern dance masterworks have been reconstructed on dance companies throughout the nation.

With "ChorusStories/LoveLines" Bill Young says he has "created a piece with the dancers, who share with the audience moments from their lives (and loves) through their own words and movement. Eventually they give us a kiss to go home with." Young is known for his highly physical and passionate dances that "have the intensity and urgency of white-water rapids, forging a choreographic world full of emotional range and power."

Dancers in Company is made up of both undergraduates and graduate students, selected each year through auditions. The company reflects the mission of the Dance Department in preparing dancers and choreographers for professional careers while providing a quality liberal arts education.

Through extensive touring that requires adapting to an array of venues (theaters, art museums, school cafeterias), the dancers learn to hone their craft and develop their talents as performers. The dancers commit to a rigorous rehearsal and touring schedule in addition to their regular academic courses at the UI.

The dancers have the chance to work with talented choreographers who utilize many styles of movement, enriching both the dancers' educational experience and the viewing public's experience.

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa. To serve that goal, Arts Share makes artists available in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing. The available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures -- and even special, custom-designed projects.

The 2006-07 Arts Share roster includes more than 100 individual artists and ensembles.

Arts Share sponsors for 2006-07 include Alliant Energy Foundation, the Optimists, the Johnson & Johnson Society for the Arts in Healthcare and Target Stores.

Arts Share and the Dance Department are units of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013;