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WRITER: ABBY GARLAND
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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 Offices at
(319) 335-5867.