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Release: Jan. 19, 2001
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that school children
from your community attended the Stage Door performance by Philadanco Jan.
18 in the UI Hancher Auditorium. Participating groups are listed at the end
of the release, alphabetically by town, with the number of participating students
from each school.)
School groups attended Stage Door series performance in Hancher by Philadanco
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nearly a thousand eastern Iowa school children attended
a Martin Luther King Jr. Week performance by Philadanco Jan. 18 in the University
of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The Philadelphia-based dance company, which has
won international acclaim for its performances and educational activities
in African-American dance, performed on Hanchers Stage Door series as
part of a week-long residency.
Hailed by critics as "exuberant" (The New York Times), Philadanco
in its three decades of existence has established itself as one of Americas
foremost dance ensembles. The company has performed with the Philadelphia
Orchestra, the Louis Bellson Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with
world-renowned pop celebrities. Philadanco has also made several national
They have performed at top venues including New Yorks Madison Square
Garden, Lincoln Center, Jacobs Pillow and the Joyce Theatre, the Kennedy
Center, as well as appearances throughout Europe and Asia.
A Los Angeles Times critic described the company as "high speed wonders,"
and a Philadelphia Inquirer review observed, "This is a daring approach
to dance . . . extraordinary stamina as well as a real flair for sensuous,
A Dance Magazine article stated, "Philadancos dancers are a miracle
of skill and energy. They work in a range of idioms most companies dont
even try to possess. . . A company that can do more than just anything. It
can represent the possibilities of human spirit through dance."
Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, founded in 1993, is coordinated
by the UI Office of Student Life, and it is sponsored by numerous UI departments,
which organize events to promote awareness of issues ranging from diversity
to social change. Hanchers observance will also feature a concert by
the Mingus Big Band on Saturday, Jan. 20.
The Philadanco residency and performance are made possible by UI Mens
Intercollegiate Athletics through the University of Iowa Foundation, and by
the F. Wendell Miller Trust Funds and the Iowa Arts Council.
For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
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Learn about Philadanco at <http://www.baylinartists.com/Philadanco.htm>.
CEDAR FALLS: Southdale Elementary School, 32 students
CEDAR RAPIDS: Johnson School of the Arts, 130 students
Wright Elementary School, 50 students
CORALVILLE: Kirkwood Elementary School, 98 students
Montessori School, 15 students
FAIRFIELD: Fairfield Home Schoolers, 28 students
Maharishi Elementary School, 32 students
Maharishi Middle School, 55 students
IOWA CITY: Christian Home Educators, 16 students
City High School, 100 students
Hoover Elementary School, 111 students
Horn Elementary School, 102 students
Sacred Heart Homeschooler, 6 students
Shimek Elementary School, 92 students
Willowind School, 19 students
TIFFIN: Echo School, 26 students
TROY MILLS: North Linn High School, 65 students
WEST BRANCH: Scattergood School, 70 students