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Release: Oct. 20, 2000
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Sener is pronounced "SAY-ner".
Armando Duarte is pronounced "arr-MAHN-doh doo-ART-ay." Rompe is
pronounced rahm-PAY. Tadeu Coelho is pronounced "tah-DAY-oo QUAIL-yoh.
Bailero is pronounced "by-YERR-oh." Pas de duex is pronounced
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Alan Sener may be contacted at 335-2184,
or by e-mail at
'New Directions: Dance Gala 2000' fills Hancher with
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Dance Company
will present "New Directions: Dance Gala 2000," the UI dance departments
major performance event of the 2000-2001 season, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Nov. 10 and 11 in Hancher Auditorium.
Dance faculty member Alan Sener, newly appointed artistic
director of the UI Dance Company following the retirement of long-time artistic
director Alicia Brown, has pulled together the creative forces of the departments
student dancers and award-winning faculty choreographers to continue the popular,
two-decade tradition. This falls production again displays the breadth
and quality of the departments training.
Sener, whose energetic, lyrical style of dance has
been performed in recent Dance Galas to the music of Vivaldi and Mozart, is
creating "Teeth," another one of his trademark high-spirited, virtuosic
ensemble pieces for Dance Gala 2000. But this season he has chosen a whole
different atmosphere, with aggressive urban-contemporary music from Naked
Funk, Coldcut and Pressure Funk.
Brazilian choreographer Armando Duarte from the dance
faculty returns to the Hancher stage as well with "Rompe!" -- a
project made possible by a grant from the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative.
For last springs premiere, Duarte collaborated with the UI School of
Musics Brazilian flutist, Tadeu Coelho, who will perform live (with
computerized string accompaniment) the music of Eduardo Gamboas "Transparencias."
Jeffery Bullock is also no stranger to the Hancher stage.
The dance departments most recent faculty addition, Bullock first came
to the UI from an active professional performance career to earn a Master
of Fine Arts degree in choreography. He was a featured dancer in past Dance
Galas, and his UI choreography was nationally honored by the American College
Dance Festival Association.
This season Bullock is creating "Without/Love/Sanctuary,"
provocative new contemporary choreography that challenges the "identity
politics of gender and race." This work features a sound and text collage,
with music from Philip Glass and Edgare Varese.
Two offerings with a more classical touch will be presented
by new faculty member Basil
Thompson, former artistic director of The Milwaukee Ballet
and long-time ballet master of the Joffrey Ballet. Thompson will make his
UI choreographic debut with "Bailero," a new duet set to music from
the "Chants dAuvergne." He also adapted the famous peasant
pas de duex from the classical ballet "Giselle" into a womens
Dance department Chair David Berkey has had a very busy,
high-profile year. His own company performed a full-evening of his original
work at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City, and he created new pieces
for the Kansas City Ballet, the Virginia Ballet Theatre and the American Ballet
Theatre Studio School.
His personal movement style will again grace the Dance
Gala in 2000. This time he has created "White Mountain," a trio
set to the music of Michael Nyman, who composed the music for the film "The
Faculty member Charlotte Adams, who created the American
College Dance Festival Association national winner "The Poetry of Physics"
for Dance Gala 99, is creating another world premiere for Dance Gala
Her rousing program closer is "Big Bucks for Lulu,"
set to music by Lidya Mendoza and California recording artist George Hawke.
Adams work will be featured in New York later this season through the
Joyce Theatre, one of New Yorks most prominent dance presenters.
Productions in Dance Gala 200 include costume and set
design by Margaret Wenk, lighting design by guest artist Laurel Shoemaker
and sound design by Gary N. Holmquist. Thompsons "Peasant pas des
Quatres" features costumes from the Milwaukee Ballet.
Tickets for "New Directions: Dance Gala 2000"
are $18 and $16 ($12 and $10 for UI students and senior citizens, and $8 and
$7 for youth) from the Hancher box office.
Audience members who wish to provide additional, much
needed financial support to the UI dance department should purchase patron
tickets for $35. Each patron ticket includes a donation to the dance department.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance 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.
Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail
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.
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-- on the World Wide Web. The UI Dance Department web site is <http://www.uiowa.edu/~dance>.
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