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Release: Feb. 21, 2003

UI Dancers In Company Presents Home Concerts Feb. 27 - March 1

Dancers in Company, the touring repertory ensemble of the University of Iowa dance department, will present their annual "home" concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27 - March 1, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The dancers will also present an informal concert/lecture demonstration on the Target Community Concert Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1 in Space/Place.

The performances will launch a busy season of concerts and educational activities for Dancers in Company. The schedule includes 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. Receipts from the home concerts help offset the cost of touring.

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, NY. 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.

During the past year, he has been in residence as a choreographer at the Ensemble Studio Theatre's Lexington Center for the Arts, George Washington University, and Goucher College. He will present a new work during the Spring of 2003 inaugural season of Dance Theater Workshop's new theater.

His recent improvisation-based work includes "sabotage," an ongoing duo collaboration with composer/musician Jamie Fennelly, which has been performed in various states along the eastern seaboard, and "freedom of information," a 24-hour continuous movement performance/protest/ritual performed at Aqui the Bushwick on New Year's Eve 2001.

From 1997 to 2001 he worked with the John Jasperse Company, assisting Jasperse on commissions made for White Oak Dance Project and Batsheva Dance Company. From 1993 to 1996, he was a member of the Joe Goode Performance Group. He has worked with Knee Jerk Dance Project, Ricky Darnell/High Risk Group, Jess Curtis, Jennifer Lacey, Sarah Michelson, Jennifer Monson and Mark Morris.

He has taught at the American Dance Festival, the Tel Aviv Dance Center in Israel, Hollins University, Goucher College, George Washington University, the University of Illinois and, during the summer of 2002, in Moscow. In New York he regularly teaches at Dance Space.

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.

Tickets for the Dancers in Company home concerts will be $10 ($5 for UI students). Audience members under 12 years of age will be admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased 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 for the Dancers in Company performances will be on sale at the door.

The Target series matinee is free, but a $1 donation is suggested for adults.

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 Walk. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp.

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 Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <d-kenney-handler@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.

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


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

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