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Feb. 5, 2009

UI Department of Dance presents Faculty/Graduate Concert Feb. 12-14

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present its spring-semester Faculty/Graduate Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 12-14, in the Space Place Theater of UI North Hall.

The program will include works by dance faculty members Charlotte Adams, Jennifer Kayle, Eloy Barrigan, Deanna Carter and Annett Schaedlich-Hendrix; a work by guest artists -- from the Via Dance Collaborative -- Dawn Poirier, a graduate of the department, and Katie Swords; and several works, chosen through an adjudication process, by graduate students Lynn Bowman, Katharine Vigmostad and Joanna Rosenthal.

Adams created "Root Bound" in collaboration with the seven dancers who will perform the piece. Set to music including works by Chopin and Mendelssohn, klezmer and a traditional Hungarian folksong, the piece uses an odd movement vocabulary to suggest intimate but off-kilter relationships.

Carter's balletic quartet "One Greek Letter" is set to the Kronos Quartet recording of Scott Johnson's "How It Happens," which was commissioned by the UI Hancher Auditorium, where it was given its world premiere in 1992. Johnson used the sampled voice of maverick journalist I.F. Stone, combining the voice with music based on the tonality and inflection of his pointed pronouncements on war and religion.

Kayle also created her "For Now" in collaboration with her large ensemble. The impetus for the movement is the Naomi Shihab Nye poem "Kindness," recited by Theatre Arts faculty member Eric Forsythe.

Barragan's trio "Ellas Caminan," set to music by Scarlatti, was inspired by surrealist thinking about the traditional and poetic meanings of women's skirts.

Schaedlich-Hendrix, an adjunct faculty member who teaches hip hop and jazz dance, titled her duet "I. No. Me. You. No I.", which she set to music by Barbara Morgenstern.

Rosenthal uses ballet movement to explore space and time in "Architecture of Thought." Bowman and Vigmostad's solo "Hypo-Caress" portrays a woman trapped in a world devoid of sensory information, where she investigates her physical boundaries in an attempt to understand the world around her. And Poirier and Swords skewer political differences in "Divided Lines," set to music by Erykah Badu, OutKast, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Earle and Tom Waits.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for UI students and youth. Tickets are available in advance from the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union, at 319-335-3041 or 1-800-346-4401. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

North Hall, which is accessible on foot from the Anne Cleary Walkway, is across the pedestrian bridge from free parking in the Hancher lot, and parking is also available right next door in the North Campus ramp at the north end of Madison St.

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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