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April 8, 2003

Dancers In Company To Present Lecture Demonstrations April 14

Dancers in Company, the touring repertory ensemble of the University of Iowa dance department, will present lecture demonstrations at both campuses of Iowa Lakes Community College on Monday, April 14.

The first lecture demonstration will take place at 10 a.m. at the Emmetsburg campus. The second will take place at 1 p.m. at the Estherville campus. Both lecture demonstrations will include an informal concert and will be free and open to the public.

These events are part of a busy season of concerts and educational activities for Dancers in Company, including performances and/or discussions in Iowa City, Burlington, and Orange City in March, Coralville, Lamoni, Estherville, and Waterloo in April, and Okoboji and Waterloo in May.

The 12-member ensemble, which is chosen by audition, provides UI dance students with practical experience similar to that encountered by professional touring dance companies. The student dancers are required to maintain a diverse repertory while coping with travel and performing in a variety of facilities.

Co-directors of the company are faculty members Jeffery Bullock and Charlotte Adams.

The Dancers in Company repertory features a wide variety of dance styles, from ballet to modern dance to ethnic movement, including dances selected especially for educational events with young audiences. The 2003 Dancers in Company repertory features:
-- "Hard to Be There," choreographed by Alan Sener, and set to music by Ludovic Navarre;
-- "Dissatisfaction," choreographed by Charlotte Adams, and set to Chopin waltzes;
-- the world premiere of "Broken Bits," choreographed by guest artist Miguel Gutierrez, featuring various Russian techno songs;
-- "Sintax," choreographed by graduate student Britt Keel, with music by Maurice Ravel;
-- the premiere of "Liebeslieder," choreographed by Jeffery Bullock and featuring Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52; and
-- "National Passion," choreographed by Armando Duarte, and set to original scores by Dance Department accompanist Paul Cunliffe, and including excerpts of live narration of Brazilian soccer games.

Guest choreographer Miguel Gutierrez is based in Brooklyn, N.Y. This past spring he presented his first evening-length piece, "enter the seen." His work has also been presented at P.S. 122; the Kitchen, alongside the band Le Tigre; and in various small theaters and alternative spaces in New York and San Francisco.

The 2003 Dancers In Company members are undergraduates Dayna DeFilippis, Colleen DeRosa, Eulone Z. Gooding, Jayme Heaberlin, Kate Hirstein, Erin Huismann, Amy Isherwood, Stefanie Killey, Maggie Niamh Rupprecht, Megan Sinnwell and Nicole Wong, and graduate students Marina Fukushima and Maureen Miner.

Dancers in Company 2003 performances and educational events have been made possible through the support of Target, Alliant Energy and Principal Financial Group.

Dancers in Company tours under the auspices of the UI Arts Share program. Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region.

The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes more than 70 faculty members, ensembles, and graduate students in the performing, visual and literary arts.

For more information about Arts Share, contact program director Leslie Finer at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to leslie-finer@uiowa.edu A free Arts Share program guide including artist roster is available at the Arts Share office in Halsey Hall, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.

The Dance Department is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu. Writer: Tom Derr.

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