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Feb. 8, 2008

UI Department of Dance presents Graduate/Faculty Concert Feb. 14-16

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present a Graduate/Faculty Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16, in the Space Place Theater of UI North Hall.

The program will feature works new and old by faculty members Daniel Stark, Charlotte Adams, Jennifer Kayle, Deanna Carter and Armando Duarte, and graduate students Lynn Bowman, Joanna Rosenthal and Analia Alegre-Femenias

Starks' "Ripple," set to music by Sigur Rós, was inspired by photos from the book 'Waves' by Steve Hawk, a collection of images taken by surfers capturing waves off some of the world's most beautiful beaches.

For her raucous collaborative piece "Tuba Or Not Tuba (What is the Question?)" Adam's' ensemble will dance to music improvised by horn player Jeffrey Agrell and tubist John Manning of the UI School of Music faculty.

Kayle describes her "Heel," set to original music by Carlos Cuellar, as a "post-industrial, post-paradise fall from grace" in which "seven figures (a divine number?) celebrate the miracle of plastic."

Carter's contemporary ballet "Beauty for a While . . .", which features costumes from Ballet Quad Cities, was influenced by the sound of the cello.

Duarte will reprise duet excerpts from two his earlier works: "Pavão" (Peacock) from 2007's "De Zunido e Rosas" (Of Whistling and Roses); and "Seelenparadies" from "Blanche," which was premiered in 2006. The dancers will wear costumes designed by Margaret Wenk for Duarte's "Noir" in 2001.

Biographies of the faculty members are accessible at

Bowman says of her "When Passing, Blink Twice": "When passing what do you look at? The dance uses simple gestures to match the intense gaze of the eye while sweeping movements of the hips and hands contrast the sharp staccato duets. Music by Steve Reich spirals the dance into cycles of moments, a glimpse . . . blinks. When passing what do you look at?"

Rosenthal's untitled trio with bubbles is "about three individuals who have trouble communicating. They don't know who they are to one another and have no real sense of where they are."

In "Will You Stay With Me?" Alegre-Femenias explores "how simple and complicated love can be. A bee just wants to be with her love but circumstances wish otherwise."

Tickets are $12 (students $6, children under 12 free) and are available in advance from the Iowa Memorial Union box office.

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 T. Anne Cleary Walkway. 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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