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Release: April 13, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
DANCE THESIS CONCERT APRIL 19-21 -- The University of Iowa dance department
will present its second Dance Thesis Concert of the Spring 2000 semester at
8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21 in the Space/Place Theatre of
UI North Hall. The April 19-21 production will feature two large-scale works
by Master of Fine Arts candidates with well-established professional careers
-- this time the choreographers are Patricia Renzetti and Colleen Walsh.
Walsh was a teacher, choreographer and dancer in New York for six years,
and her professional travels have taken her to Europe, Brazil and Japan. In
addition to directing her own dance company, CW Danz, she has choreographed
for the dance teams of the NBAs New York Knicks, Washington Wizards
and New Jersey Nets; danced and choreographed for New Yorks top night
clubs and musical artists; and choreographed several MTV videos and national
TV commercials. She is a former soloist with the Denver Contemporary Dance
Theater, and her UI choreography was selected for the gala concert of the
American College Dance Festival Association, in competition with college choreography
from around the country.
Walsh says of her concert-opening piece "A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime,"
"This 25-minute piece of choreography portrays three of the most important
relationships of my adult life."
The title is take from Ilyanla Vanzants quote, "people are in
our lives for a reason, a season, a lifetime, not everyone is here to stay."
The work uses six dancers and a variety of styles to explore the lessons learned,
love, friendship, betrayal, support, trust and guidance that are experienced
in each relationship. The piece features original poetry by SOL, and music
by Seal, Melissa Ethridge, Tracy Chapman and Andrea Tafuri.
Renzetti was a principal dancer with the London Festival Ballet, the Israel
Ballet, the Iranian National Ballet, the Scapino Ballet of Amsterdam and the
Colorado Ballet, and she was the director of the Colorado Ballet Academy and
Colorado Ballet II, the youth company of Colorado Ballet, for five years before
coming to the UI.
Renzettis dance/theater piece "Ophelia Awakening" was inspired
by Shakespeares "Hamlet" and the Mary Pipher book, "Reviving
Ophelia," which considers how "young girls stop being subjects of
their own lives and become objects of others." The piece combines movement
with Shakespearean lines and original text, and features a large cast of performers
from the dance department, the department of theatre arts and the community.
Admission to the Renzetti/Walsh Thesis Concert will be $10 ($5 for UI students
and free to children 12 and younger).
Tickets are available in advance from the University Box Office in the Iowa
Memorial Union,(319) 335-3041 or toll-free (800) 346-4401. The fax number
is (319) 335-3407. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday
and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. In addition to cash and checks, the University Box Office
accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.
Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.
The dance department is part of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the
UI College of Liberal Arts.
For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
-- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: The choreographers can be reached through the dance department,
(319) 335-2228, or by e-mail: < PRenzetti1@aol.com>