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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

MUSICOLOGIST LECTURES APRIL 9 AND 11 -- Margaret Bent, one of the world's most distinguished musicologists and scholars of medieval and Renaissance music, will visit the University of Iowa, giving public lectures April 9 and 11. She will speak on:

-- "The Archaeology of Medieval Music: Reflections on Incomplete Pieces" at

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building; and

-- "The Grammar of Early Music: Preconditions for Analysis" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Krapf Organ Studio of the Voxman Music Building.

Both talks will be free and open to the public. The April 9 lecture is designed for a general audience, while the April 11 lecture will be addressed primarily to a musically literate audience.

A professor of music at All Souls College, Oxford University, Bent has also taught at Brandeis and Princeton universities in the United States. She has published numerous books, articles and musical editions of the music of the 14th and 15th centuries. Her work has revolutionized the understanding of the music theory and performance practices of that period and earned her a reputation as one of the most influential and perceptive scholars of her generation.

Bent's work grew out of an interest in the Old Hall manuscript, the most important manuscript source for English music of the 14th and 15th centuries. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the manuscript, describing an organizational plan that had not been well understood previously. Later she published an edition of the manuscript and contributed to a complete edition of the works of John Dunstable, the most important English composer of the 15th century. She has also written a biography of Dunstable and numerous scholarly articles on medieval and Renaissance notation, performance practices and music theory.

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PERSPECTIVES APRIL 16 -- Thomas Aprile, associate professor of sculpture at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a slide lecture about his work at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at the UI Museum of Art, as part of the weekly Perspectives series.

The presentation is offered in conjunction with "Faculty Exhibition 1997," a collection of more than 70 works of art created by studio faculty at the School of Art and Art History. The exhibition is on view in the museum through May 25.

Aprile's lecture is one of four in the Perspectives series' "Faculty Focus." These lectures provide the public with an opportunity to hear faculty members speak in detail about their work.

Much of Aprile's work is concerned with a chain motif. After studying with master wood carver Lamadi Fakeye in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Aprile began to experiment with the African technique of carving chains from single pieces of wood. He has applied this technique to different objects, including a bench featured in the exhibition. His choice of media ranges from organic materials to found objects, such as parts of furniture or pieces of buildings.

Before coming to the UI, Aprile taught at colleges including the Cleveland Institute of Art and the University of Oklahoma, Norman. His many awards include Fulbright fellowships, a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two Pollock/Krasner fellowships.

M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1996-97 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Aprile is pronounced like the month April.

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THEATRICAL CIRCUS ABOUT ART AND THE BOTTOM LINE, APRIL 17-20 -- The University Theatres Gallery Series will present "WHO," a production written, directed and choreographed by theatre arts graduate student Margaret Eginton, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"Who" was inspired by Leonid Andreyev's play "He Who Gets Slapped."

Set in a one-ring circus on the cusp of decline, "WHO" portrays the ancient battle between art and the bottom line. The circus is interrupted by the arrival of two men from the outside, "real" world -- a famous actor searching for a purer relationship to his art, and an impresario with forbidden tastes and a proclivity for appropriation. Between the two dances Consuelo, a baby ballerina with a talent for beauty, truth and light.

The highly theatrical tale of art and life includes acting, dancing, swordfighting, singing, a female body builder, and even poetry and popcorn.

Eginton, an Iowa City native, returned to attend the UI after an active performing career in New York. She starred on Broadway with Bill Irwin, acted in films and off Broadway, and danced in companies including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Stephen Petronio and Dancers.

She received several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts, and in 1987 she won a Bessie Award. Eginton was on the faculty of New York University's Tisch School for the Arts for 10 years.

At the UI she has been the recipient of two Iowa Arts Fellowships and the UI IRAM award for directing, and she is the co-director of the INNER EAR company. Her past UI and INNER EAR productions as a director, producer and actor include "The Black Monk," "Modi," "the Blind Voyeur," "The Short History of a Colonial Dame" and "Fallen Angels."

Admission to "WHO" will be $4 ($2 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

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BRAZIL AND NORWAY MEET IN DANCE THESIS CONCERT APRIL 18 & 19 -- The University of Iowa dance department will present "The Red Thread," a thesis concert featuring graduate student dancers Roberta Carvalho and Johanne Jakhelln, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The production is an unusual cross-cultural collaboration -- Carvalho is from Brazil and Jakhelln is from Norway. Reflecting the differences in the artists' backgrounds, the performance will feature an eclectic selection of music, including works by Brazilian and Norwegian composers, in addition to music by Dvorak and Bobby McFerrin.

Works on the "Red Thread" concert will include faculty member Linda Crist's reconstruction from Labanotation and video of "The Desperate Heart," 1943 work by modern dance pioneer Valerie Bettis; and new choreography by faculty members David Berkey and Armando Duarte, and graduate students Rani Welch, Rise Karns and Kaye E. Richards.

In Brazil Carvalho attended the University of Campinas in Sao Paulo, danced with the Campanhia Iris Ativa Danca and was a founding member of the dance company Companhia Arranhaceus.

Jakhelln is a graduate of Fagerborg Videragaende Skoles Ballett Linje in Norway, and she earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from the National College of Dance in Stockholm, Sweden. A recipient of Norway's Thorleif Dahl's Award for Young Dancers, she danced professionally in Sweden and taught at the Royal Swedish Ballet School.

Admission to "The Red Thread" will be $5 ($4 for UI students) at the door.

The Thesis Concert is supported, in part, by a UI Fine Arts Council Grant.

4/4/97