April 3, 2008
UI Dance Department presents 'Individual Subject' thesis concert April 17-19
The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present "Individual Subject," a thesis concert by Vladimir Condereche and Jason Schadt, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19, in the Space Place Theatre of UI North Hall.
Condereche choreographed "A solemn stillness holds," which is based on the possible relationships that arise from the interaction of the dancers. By pushing each of the eight dancers outside of their comfort zone, new movement was created and new relationships were built, which Condereche developed for his piece.
"The idea is to give the viewer the freedom to relate to, or connect with, these everyday situations and see themselves reflected, or not reflected, in them. It is a mix of reality and dream, each section is like a suspended moment, a moment held in time to be seen and appreciated," Condereche said.
Condereche is a graduate student in choreography. Originally from Brazil, he has worked with renowned choreographers as a student at the Juilliard School in New York and at the UI, and as a professional with the Cisne Negro Dance Company, Ballet Stagiun, and the Ballet Quad Cities. He has traveled across Brazil and South America, New York, Germany, England, Italy and South Africa, performing with Cisne Negro Dance Company for more than 11 years.
Schadt will perform in three of the concert pieces, choreographed by faculty member and department chair Alan Sener, faculty member Jennifer Kayle and UI graduate student Analia Alegre.
Schadt took his first-ever dance class at the UI in 2000, which began his love of dance. He attended graduate school in Tokyo, Japan, but after one year decided it was time to move back to the UI to obtain a Master in Fine Arts in performance.
"Working with these choreographers, each with a distinct personal style, I've had three distinct sets of challenges in this concert," Schadt said. "I'm trying to dance in ways I've never danced before."
The concert will feature music from a member of the UI Maia String Quartet, as well as an original musical score composed by Christopher Gainey, a doctoral student in the UI School of Music, performed live by UI music students.
The Department of Dance and the School of Music are units in the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Admission will be $12; UI student $6; free 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.
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