WRITER: ABBY GARLAND
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 22, 2000
New exhibition at University Libraries explores dance
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Books, photographs, posters and video covers showing
how dance has been depicted over the years are on display now through May
2000 in the North Exhibition Hall of the University of Iowa Main Library.
The exhibition, "Celebrating Dance! Documenting Dance!" is free
and open to the public. It examines the ways dance has been documented from
the days of cave paintings to the era of digital recording.
The exhibition explores all different forms of dance: dance as ritual, as
heritage, as performance art, and as recreation. Special emphasis is given
to the diversity of dance at the University of Iowa.
The materials used in the exhibition are drawn primarily from the University
of Iowa Libraries Collections. Of special interest are a choreographic notebook
from the 1980 motion picture "Fame" and several posters announcing
major dance programs at Hancher Auditorium. Original costume designs for Dance
Gala, a premier annual performance organized by the UI department of dance
as well as photographs depicting social dance programs at the UI dating back
to the early 1900s are also on display.
The exhibition was prepared by Stephen Dew, Carol Howard, Dean Koster, Timothy
Shipe and Cynthea Mosier. For more information, contact the UI Libraries Administrative