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Release: July 12, 2002
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Duarte is pronounced doo-ARR-tay.)
Houston Ballet Stars Help Launch Duarte Dance Works At UI
of the Houston Ballet will help Armando Duarte celebrate a decade on the faculty
of the University of Iowa Dance Department with Ten, the debut
of Duarte Dance Works, at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in the
Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall. (Please note the late starting time.)
Ten, performed by a 12-member company of professional guest artists
and UI dance students, is drawn from choreography Duarte has created or presented
during his tenure at the UI, including works that have been produced in the
UI Dance Companys annual Dance Gala and performed throughout the region
by the Dance Departments touring repertory company, Dancers in Company.
Duartes choreography has been produced in his native Brazil and well
as in Argentina, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.
Houston is strongly represented in Duartes company: In addition to
Houston Ballet principal dancer Dominic Walsh (http://www.houstonballet.org/gen/bioDominicWalsh.asp
), originally from Chicago, and Houston Ballet soloist Fernando Moraga (http://www.houstonballet.org/gen/BioFMoraga1.asp),
a native of Santiago, Chile, the company includes two other artists active
in the Houston dance scene -- Chilean dancer Paola Georgudis and UI dance
alumna Alessandra Herszkowicz, a Sao Paolo, Brazil, native who is now a member
of the Sandra Organ Dance Company.
The UI students in the company include Nichole Wong, Meagan OConnor,
Erin Huismann, Kate Hirstein and Rebecca Evans. Three of the student dancers
also have professional performing credentials: Duartes assistant, Tamara
Schreiber, who danced with Chicagos Perpetual Motion, Inc.; Emily Price,
a veteran of the Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre; and Tokyo native Marina
Fukushima, a former member of the Omaha Theater Company Ballet.
I promise, its going to be awesome, Duarte says of his
dancers. And he also is confident that the repertoire they will perform provides
an unusual and intriguing combination of elements: I think I can offer
something thats unique on the dance scene here, because a lot of my
work draws on my Brazilian heritage, but I can also work with Rachmaninoff
or Brahms or Debussy.
The Ten program includes the premiere of Here, in this
time, a solo created this summer for Fernando Moraga, and the large-ensemble
piece Baque, set to traditional Brazilian music.
Other works on the program are A Taste of an Orange, a duet set
to piano music of Brahms, performed by Lyle Juracek; Preludio,
a duet to music by Debussy, performed by Walsh and Herszkowicz; There
is something out in the country that I think you want come and take a look
at, a solo for Paola Georgudis; Duo, to flute and cello
music of Joaquin Gutierrez Heras; Lay of Errantry, a solo featuring
poetry of Aime Cesaire read by dance faculty member Jeffery Bullock; and an
excerpt from Noir, to music of Rachmaninoff.
The concert features costumes by Margaret Wenk and Erin Howell-Gritsch; and
lighting by Gary N. Holmquist of the Dance Department staff.
Duarte toured the world for 14 years as a founding member of the Cisne Negro
(Black Swan) Dance Company in Sao Paulo. Early in his career her received
a Best New Choreographer award from the Sao Paulo Association of Arts Reviewers,
and in 1989 he was a guest choreographer at the American Dance Festival.
He has choreographed more than 25 works at the UI, an he has also been awarded
two Old Gold Summer Fellowships for the completion of Floresta,
a dance based on the Brazilian rain forest; and a grant from the Support Program
for Arts and Humanities for the creation of National Passion,
a collaborative project with composer/percussionist Paul Cunliffe based on
Brazils soccer mania. Most recently he received a grant for the Dance
and Music of the Americas project, created with dance colleague Charlotte
Adams and flutist Tadeu Coelho from the UI School of Music.
With Ten, Duarte is beginning to explore the feasibility of establishing
an on-going professional company, based in Iowa City. When you create
a piece for the Dance Gala, you work for three months creating the choreography,
it is performed a couple of times, and then its gone, he says.
You serve the students with your creativity, but it would also be desirable
for the work to have an extended life. I was encouraged to put the work together
-- and there is already enough work to form a repertory -- and it just clicked.
Tickets for Duarte Dance Works are $12 ($6 for UI students) and may be purchased
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 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Any remaining tickets
will be on sale at the door. In addition to cash and checks, the University
Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa , American Express and Discover cards.
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