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April 5, 2004

UI Dancers In Company Visits Marshalltown Schools

The University Arts Share program will present a series of lecture-demonstrations by Dancers in Company, the touring repertory company of the University of Iowa Dance Department, April 12-14 in 10 public schools in Marshalltown. During the events they will perform excerpts from their repertory.

The lecture-demos are sponsored by Arts Share, and Arts and Children Together, Inc., and are made possible, in part, by a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.

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.

The 2004 Dancers In Company members are graduate student Erica Chinn and undergraduate dance majors Colleen DeRosa, Rebecca Evans, Erin Huisman, Katie D. Johnson, Julia Katcher, Jessica Marasa, Meagan O'Connor, Jennifer Quint, Maggie Rupprecht, Megan Sinnott and Jamie Sweeney.

The artistic director of the company is faculty member Charlotte Adams.

Dancers In Company has performed outside and around the United States. Highlights of past tours and residencies include performances at the Art Institute of Chicago and the International Dance Festival in Hong Kong. The company has also performed in Tucson, Wichita, Omaha, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City, as well as in many communities throughout Iowa.

Now in its 20th year, Dancers In Company is consistently recommended by the Iowa Arts Council for their statewide touring roster. The company's mission remains to share the joy and love of dance with audiences of all ages.

The 2004 Dancers in Company repertory features:
-- "Pickin' It Up," choreographed by Dance Department chair Alan Sener to music by acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke;
-- an untitled premiere by graduate student Margaret A. Mead-Finizio, the assistant director of Dancers in Company;
-- Kevin Schroder's "This Is for You," set to "Pussycat Dues" by Charles Mingus;
-- the classical ballet "Pas de Quatre," adapted by faculty member Basil Thompson, former artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet;
-- Jill Sigman's "Embers," an expansion of a 1996 solo, set to music by Muzsikas:
-- Zeng Huanxing's "A Place Far and Away," set to "The Xioa Player" by Zhu Zhequin; and
-- "d.p. (displaced persons)," a collaboration of Charlotte Adams and her dancers, featuring the full Dancers in Company roster.

Kevin Schroder, a visiting faculty member in the dance department, has been a member of prominent dance companies including those of Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio. He is now based in Tucson, where he is curator of Body Prints Theater improvisation group, a member of Zenith Dance Collective, associate director for 10th St. Dance Works and a teacher/choreographer for Orts Theater of Dance.

Jill Sigman is a New York-based choreographer, performer and teacher whose work combines dance, theater and visual installation. In 1998 she founded jillsigman/thinkdance, and her work has been produced in New York by Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project/St. Mark's, Dancing in the Streets, Dixon Place, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and the Brooklyn Museum. Her work has also been performed in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia.

Huanxing Zeng was a member of the first modern dance company in China, Guagdong Modern Dance Company, from 1996 to 1998. A faculty member of the Beijing Dance Academy, he has performed and taught at the Shanghai Dance Academy, the China Central Ballet Company, the Shanghai Ballet Company, the University of Hawaii, the University of Illinois and the National Arts University of Taiwan.

He has been commissioned to create the Unveiling Ceremony of the emblem of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and he was a winner at the 6th International Dance Competition in Paris as a performer.

His work "Leading Along" won Excellent Choreography honors at the Moscow International Ballet Competition, and his "Leaning On" received recognition for Excellent Performing and Choreography at the China National Dance competition. Most recently, his "Poetic Waters and Picturesque Mountains" won the Golden Performing Prize in the China National College Dance Competition.

The UI Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2004 Arts Share roster includes more than 75 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

For more information about the Arts Share program, call director Leslie Finer at 319-335-1618 or send an e-mail to leslie-finer@uiowa.edu. A free Arts Share program guide, including an artist roster, is available at the Arts Share office, 113 Halsey Hall, the University of Iowa, 52242.

The Dance Program is a unit 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