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March 20, 2009

UI Department of Dance presents 'Sadie Hawkins Dance' thesis concert April 2-4

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present "Sadie Hawkins Dance," a thesis concert by Elizabeth Bergman, Lynn Bowman and Sydnie Mosley, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 2-4, in the Space Place Theatre of UI North Hall. All the works on the program are exploration of what the artists call "female agency," or the ability of women to take charge, to take action and exert influence.

Bergman is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in performance, while Bowman and Mosley are candidates in choreography.

Bergman will explore three different dance idioms in her performances of "Watch Me Harder," a solo by graduate student Joanna Rosenthal; "Chattle," a ballet pas de deux choreographed by faculty member Deanna Carter; and Bowman's "Threshold." She hopes to present a range of possibilities for how femininity and sexuality can be expressed on the concert dance stage.

"Threshold" delves into a long Iowa farming heritage, focusing on the women who pioneered the land, drawing from memoirs, photographs, letters and an oral history handed down directly from Bowman's 94-year-old grandfather. The dance features six women performers, with a new set design by Shawn Maxwell that resembles old farmhouse windows, and a trapeze of hanging lights designed by Courtney Watson.

Mosley's choreography is "A Side of the World for a Canvas," a work that explores what it means for women to use their voices individually and collectively. Combining movement, music and text, the cast dances stories that amount to a coming-of-age, while inviting the audience into the experience.

The work features live music performed by Fairfield's jazz trio Rock, Paper, Scissors and text drawn from Zora Neale Hurston's novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Mosley will also perform her solo choreography, "Granted," which investigates the gift to move one's own body.

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 is $12; UI students and youth $6.

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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sydnie Mosely,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office) 319-430-1013 (cell),