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May 31, 2007

UI Dance Faculty Member Duarte Presents 'Of Rage And Bliss' June 14-16

The University of Iowa Dance Department will present "Of Rage and Bliss," a production choreographed and directed by faculty member Armando Duarte, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 14-16, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Duarte will present one premiere along with audience favorites "Você não sabe como eu te amo" (You don't know how much I love you), "Prelúdio," "Essência" and "De Fúria e Felicidade" (Of Rage and Bliss).

The premiere will be an extended version of "De Zunido e Rosa" (Of Whistling and Rose) set to a selection of compositions by Brazilian interpreters Renata Rosa, Mestre Ambrósio, Naná Vasconcelos, Egberto Gismonti and the Cordel do Fogo Encantado. The work is based on cordel, which translates as a "pamphlet literature," one of the most prominent expressions of Brazilian popular culture.

Composer/pianist Hayk Arsenian will perform live for "Essência." And the music for "De Fúria e Felicidade," which was premiered in the UI Dance Company's 2006 Dance Gala, was composed for Iowa Percussion by internationally known American composer Robert Moran.

The Thursday and Friday audiences will be invited to remain for post-performance discussions with Duarte and the company.

"This program is colorful, passionate, with some poetry in motion, and, of course, a great deal of humor," Duarte says. "I believe this is definitely one of the dance programs that can entertain audiences of all ages. The music of my homeland is a continuing source of inspiration and I hope the audience will respond with the same enthusiasm that my dancers and I did while creating these works."

Duarte's 2007 company draws on the wealth of talent in the UI Dance Department, with 17 UI students joined by returning alumni. The company features Analia Alegre-Fermenias Rachel Barger, Amy Bennett, Lauren Bombick, Paul Cristiano, Erika Christiansen, Jennifer Kray, Amanda Krum, Carrie Nicastro, Diana Musial, Brittany Roberts, Kate Robbins, Vladimir Reche, Amy Stange, Laura Sundth, Erin Taylor and Beth Turner, along with guest artists Mary Davies, Courtney Johnson, Lovar Kid, Patricia Schneider and Simone Pietro.

Throughout his career, Duarte has developed a highly eclectic movement style, fusing his own cultural background -- expressed in the beauty and diversity of Brazilian music and dance -- with the techniques of American modern dance.

Duarte holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from University of São Paulo and a Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography and performance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

He toured the world as a founding member of the Cisne Negro (Black Swan) Dance Company from São Paulo. Early in his career he received a Best New Choreographer award from the São Paulo Association of Arts Reviewers, and in 1989 he was one of the guest choreographers in the International Choreographer Workshop at the American Dance Festival.

Since coming to the UI in 1993, he has choreographed more than 40 dances and has restaged several works from his repertory. He has received UI awards including two Iowa Old Gold Summer Fellowships, a grant from the Support Program for Arts and Humanities, three grants from the Arts and Humanities Initiative Program and the conference grant for the American College Dance Festival.

Duarte has directed two National Choreography Conferences for Regional Dance America (RDA) and is currently one of its national adjudicators. He has directed the RDA's Pacific Region Festival, the Southwest Region Festival and the Southeast Region Festival.

His choreography has been commissioned and performed in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. Recent guest-artist appearances include visits to Milan, Udine, Geneva, Lausanne, Paris, Natal and Sao Paulo, and American work with Brigham Young University, the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Crockett-Deane Ballet, the Columbia Dance Ensemble in Portland, the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet, the Sandra Organ Dance Company, the Victoria Ballet, the South Atlanta Ballet and the Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico.

His company, Duarte Dance Works has performed at the UI and in Iowa City, and has also toured, including performances in Houston, Louisville and Grand Island, Neb.

To learn more about Duarte and his work, visit

Tickets to "Of Rage and Bliss" 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 Walkway. 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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