CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
KO-THI AT THE MUSEUM, JAN. 22 -- The Ko-Thi Dance Company, Wisconsin's
largest African-American arts organization, will give a free mini-performance
followed by a question and answer session at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan 21 in
the University of Iowa Museum of Art.
The performance will take place in the museum's sculpture court. Limited
seating will be available for the performance.
The performance is part of a week-long residency by Ko-Thi and the University
of Iowa's celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday. The residency will
include activities for students in Cedar Rapids and Mt. Vernon and will
culminate with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 in Hancher Auditorium.
The hour-long mini-performance at the Museum of Art will be an informal
presentation in which a narrator provides the audience with a historical
background and description of each work performed. Dances will be chosen
from culturally distinct areas of the African continent to reflect different
stylistic approaches to music and dance and will feature eight to 10 members
of the Ko-Thi company in full costume.
The Ko-Thi Dance Company, deriving its name from the Shebro word meaning
"to go black," is dedicated to preserving and performing African,
African-American and Caribbean dance traditions, with their flair, rhythmic
energy and spiritual depth. Founded in 1969, Ko-Thi uses a wide variety
of drums and other traditional instruments, as well as authentic costumes
and ornamentation to produce electrifying performances.
The company has presented performances and residencies throughout the
country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Dance Africa Festival
and Lincoln Center in New York City. They have toured internationally and
have been honored by selection as a national touring company for Dance
Tickets for the Jan. 22 Hancher concert are $26, $23 and $20. UI students
and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 3 tickets
available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger
are half price.
UI Men's Intercollegiate Athletics is the sponsor of the Hancher performance
through the University of Iowa Foundation. The performance and residency
are supported by the Heartland Arts Fund.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office
personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair
access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is
equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr/
on the World Wide Web. Learn more about the Ko-Thi Dance Company on the
World Wide Web at http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/afrst/artists/kothipro.htm.