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Nov. 16, 2007

Note: This release has been revised to show three performance dates: Thursday, Nov. 29, Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1.

UI class in collaboration results in 'Timeless Suspension of Dreams'

"Timeless Suspension of Dreams," a collaboration among dancers, composers and actors at the University of Iowa, will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

"Timeless Suspension of Dreams" is the product of a multi-disciplinary class in the UI Division of Performing Arts that focuses on the process of collaboration. The class is open to students in a variety of creative fields, including performing and visual arts, writing, videography, scenic design, lighting and stage directing. Students in the course have the opportunity to work across disciplines and build experience outside of their major field.

Dan Stark, the visiting faculty member in dance who teaches the course, commented: "The Collaborative Performance course gives our student artists a wonderful opportunity to step outside their usual training, process and discipline to discover new ways of working with other artists, and maybe along the way, discover innovative forms and fresh content in the performing arts."

The current production is in five parts -- four choreographed dances and a multi-media work -- and will be performed by a cast of more than 20 student dancers and actors, to an original score that combines elements of classical music, jazz and film scores.

The collaborators include Analia Alegre-Femenias, Rain Ross, Vladimir Conde Reche from the Department of Dance; Timothy A. Davis and Harlan Muir from the School of Music; Erin Patrick, Erin Burns and Briana Smith from the Department of Theatre Arts; and composer Andrew Meixner, who is an open major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"This concert is often the most ambitious and daring in our season," Stark said. "Collaboration between passionate artists is a challenging and volatile relationship, but from this volatility can spring exciting things."

The Division of Performing Arts is part of 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 CONTACTS: Dan Stark, Dance Department, 319-335-2621,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office) 319-430-1013 (cell),