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Aug. 19, 2004

Sener Makes A Second Go At 'First Impressions' Sept. 9-11

Alan Sener, chair of the University of Iowa Dance Department, will present his new solo production, "First Impressions," at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 9-11, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

"First Impressions," which Sener premiered during the summer as a work in progress, is a "prequel" to his "Farewell," a solo production about departures that he performed last season. The new production jumps to the other end of the experiential spectrum to explore "the extent to which we perceive each other initially, and the way we attempt to control and manipulate the first presentation of ourselves."

The multi-media performances again feature original music by Sean Seaton, as well as video sequences by Michael Cash and sound engineering by Rod Mickle. Graduate dance student Daniel Stark, whose "Diplomacy" was performed in the American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center last spring, will make a cameo appearance.

Sener says the new production mirrors the highly successful format of "Farewell": "The powerbook dance this time becomes an attempt to create an on-line personals ad; there is the return of the stand-up, the rant, the letter" -- but this time geared to beginnings rather than endings. Again, the script is filled with hilarious local references, including the predatory atmosphere of the Iowa City bar scene.

"First Impressions" includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether the production is appropriate for them should contact the Dance Department, 319-335-2228, for additional information.

Sener, who is beginning his second year as Dance Department chair, was a principal dancer with the Louis Falco Dance Company in New York City from 1978 to 1983 and performed extensively in theatres and on television throughout the world. He served for 15 years as Louis Falco's choreographic assistant on feature films, music videos, television commercials and for the creation and reconstruction of Falco ballets for many of the world's leading dance companies.

In 1993, Sener was entrusted with the artistic direction of the Falco Repertory and continues to stage the late choreographer's work internationally -- including a production of Falco's "Escargot" in the UI Dance Company's 2003 Dance Gala. He will set another Falco work for this season's Dance Gala.

Since his arrival at Iowa in 1991, he has created more than 30 new dance works and has restaged a dozen pieces from his own repertory of contemporary choreography. Continually active as a freelance choreographer, Sener has choreographed and taught at numerous colleges and universities.

His dance credits as a performer and choreographer in film and television include seven national commercials, three music videos, two industrial videos and two feature films. His recent choreography for theater includes the Cleveland Playhouse production of "A Wonderful Life" and the University Theatres productions of "Cabaret," "Hair," "Pericles" and "The Tempest."

Admission to Sener's "First Impressions" will be $12 ($6 for students).

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 will be on sale 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 Walk. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp.

The Dance Department is an academic 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.

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