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Release: Aug. 30, 2000

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Berkey and the student choreographers may be reached through the UI dance department, 319-335-2228. Berkey may be contacted by e-mail at <david-berkey@uiowa.edu>.)

UI Dance Department presents Graduate/Faculty back-to-school-concert Sept. 7-9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa dance department will present a back-to-school Graduate/Faculty Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 7-9, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Reflecting the breadth of instruction in the department, the concert will range from ballet to modern dance to jazz dance, using music running the gamut from Rachmaninoff to Michael Nyman.

Faculty choreography is represented on the concert by department chair David Berkey’s "The Flying Lesson."

Graduate-student works, selected by an adjudication panel, are "Of Grace, Harmony, & Joy" and "The Clearing" by Penny Askew, "Chapter II: An Improvisation" by E.E. Balcos and Michele Kriner, "Without" and "They Ring Around My Mind" by Coleen Walsh, "Waves of Light" by Patricia Renzetti, "Honestly" by Michele Kriner and "Wash Me Clean" by E.E. Balcos.

Berkey has created or staged his dances for Ballet du Nord in France, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Arizona in Phoenix, and the Eugene Ballet in Oregon. He has also choreographed dances for universities including the University of Arizona and the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

At the UI, Berkey has created more than 30 dances for the UI Dance Company and Dancers in Company, and several of his works have been selected for Gala Concerts at regional and national festivals of the American College Dance Festival Association. Berkey premiered his own company, David Berkey Dance, at the UI in 1997, and the company recently performed a program of his work in New York City.

Admission to the Sept. 7-9 performances will be $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

To learn more about the UI dance department, part of the new UI Division of Performing Arts, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~dance on the World Wide Web. For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- and to receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.