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Release: April 12, 2002
UI thesis concert features work of three artists
A University of Iowa dance department "Dual Perspectives" thesis
concert will feature the work of three graduate-student artists -- choreographer
Jennifer Medina and performers Audra Sokol and Jerome "Nuney" Stigler
-- at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20 in the Space/Place Theatre
of UI North Hall.
Medina will present two works of choreography, which feature Sokol and Stigler
as the lead dancers: "124 Bluestone Road," inspired by Toni Morrison's
"Beloved" and featuring music by Rachel Portman; and "Kindly
Fruit of a Refined Nature," a commentary on the expectations of society
through the lens of a serial killer, featuring music by Johnathan Elias.
Stigler will perform "Here... In This Place," a solo choreographed
by faculty member Jeffery Bullock, using music by a variety of artists. And
Sokol will also perform a solo of her own choreography.
Medina, a UI teaching assistant, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with
companies including the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre, the Shoji Tabuchi Theater
Show, Webster Dance Theater, Atrek Contemporary, the Dance Conduit and the
Dance Project. She was assistant director of the Dance Project and directed
Dance Project Outreach, a program to enhance the lives of underprivileged
children through exposure to the arts. Her choreographic credits include productions
of "The King and I," "Annie" and "Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Sokol, a UI Arts Fellow, was trained at Anderson Young Ballet Theatre in
Indiana. The winner of a Dance Magazine scholarship, she began college at
Ball State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dance
Stigler started his dance training at the Katherine Dunham Children's Workshop
and the Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA) in St. Louis. He attended the University
of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
in dance. Professionally, he has been a member of the Dayton Contemporary
Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre, the Albany Berkshire Ballet,
Dallas-Fort Worth Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Grand Mansion
Dance Theatre for Dino Kartsonakis Productions. At the UI he was a Graduate
Merit Fellow for 2000-2001.
Tickets for the "Dual Perspectives" are $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.
In addition to window sales at the Iowa Memorial Union, the University Box
Office may be reached by phone at 319-335-3041 or toll-free 800-346-4401.
The fax number is 319-335-3407. Hours are 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 available at the door. North Hall is located
at the north end of Madison Street on the UI campus. It is accessible from
both Madison Street and the Anne Cleary Walkway. Parking is available in the
North Campus Parking Ramp.
This performance includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience
members who are concerned about whether the production is appropriate for
them should contact the UI dance department at 319-335-2228 for additional
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