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April 6, 2010

Photo to right by Kristi Kahns

Hancher presents Luna Negra Dance Theater on April 16 at Englert Theatre

Luna Negra Dance Theater celebrates the work of Latino choreographers. The University of Iowa's Hancher will present the Chicago-based company at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16. The performance will be held at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

Founded in 1999 by Cuban-born Eduardo Vilaro, Luna Negra Dance Theater has brought Latino contemporary choreographers to the fore, avoiding both stereotypical and folkloric representations of the culture. The company is committed to performing with energy and passion and to reflecting through dance an important cultural shift that is occurring in 21st century America.

Luna Negra Dance Theater has earned the admiration of audiences and critics alike. "This company knows what it means to really move -- to luxuriate in both the body and the story," wrote the Chicago Sun-Times.

The program for Luna Negra Dance Theater's Iowa City performance includes "There is a Time," (an allusion to the Biblical book Ecclesiastes), choreographed by the legendary JosÄ Limùn; "Nube Blanco (White Cloud)," choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; and "Quinceaûera," choreographed by Luna Negra founder Eduardo Vilaro.

"There is a Time," is set to music by Norman Dello Joio. Limùn commissioned the work, Meditations on Ecclesiastes, which earned the composer the Pulitzer Prize in 1957.

There will be a reception at One Twenty Six for UI students following the performance. The reception will be hosted by the Hancher Advisory Committee and is made possible by the UI Office of the Provost.

While in Iowa City, dancers from the company will work with students in the UI Dance Department as well as students in grades three through six at Grant Wood Elementary.

The performance and residency are supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation. The performance is also supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Iowa Arts Council, General Mills Foundation, and Land O'Lakes Foundation. "There is a Time," by JosÄ Limùn was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Tickets for the April 16 performance are $40/35; UI student $36/10; senior citizen $36/31.50; youth $28/24.50 from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, now located on the second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center near the UI School of Music, is open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Englert Theatre.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,