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Nov. 30, 2007

UI Department of Dance presents concert of undergraduate, graduate premieres

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present a Graduate/Undergraduate Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-8, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The concert will premiere 12 works by student choreographers whose work ranges from quirky to classical, including meditations on faith, fine art, dance on film and new choreographic forms.

"Five Picassos," choreographed by graduate student Analia Alegre-Femenias presents a portrait of five women from Pablo Picasso's life. Alegre-Femenias also collaborated with senior Erin Zintek on "The Night We Became People Again," a duet inspired by techniques of film editing.

Other senior undergraduates will present work, including Christine Hands and her "Luke 5:10," dancing questions of the religious and the secular. Alison Riazi will present a self-choreographed solo set to the music of cellist Zoe Keating, while Leigha Mena's "Settling for Recovery" showcases her multimedia skills through movement, song and video. New group works by Katie Robbins, Rachael Hillman and Anna Stark feature inventive forms.

New works by graduate candidates include "contrapposto," a new ballet on pointe by Rain Ross. Vladimir Conde-Reche takes an idiosyncratic look at "the will to keep going" with his work, "condensation, precipitation, rain."

Premieres from new graduate students include two meditations on the image, power, and agency of the feminine: "Surge," choreographed by Lynn Bowman; and "Auto-Body" created by Joanna Rosenthal.

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 Department of Dance is a unit 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 CONTACTS: David McGraw, UI Division of Performing Arts, 319-335-3906; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),