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Release: Feb. 23, 2004

Local Students In Dancers In Company At University of Iowa

NOTE TO EDITORS: A student from your readership area is a member of Dancers in Company at the University of Iowa, described in the release below. A list of students and their hometown appears at the end of the release.

A student from (hometown) is a member of Dancers in Company, the touring ensemble of the University of Iowa dance department. Dancers in Company will unveil its 2004 repertory on the company's annual "home" concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall. The new repertory features works by guest choreographers Zeng Huanxing, Kevin Schroder and Jill Sigman.

The performances are part of a busy spring season of concerts and educational activities for Dancers in Company, coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. The schedule includes performances and/or discussions in Oak Grove, Ill., Centerville, Mt. Pleasant, Fairfield, Coralville and Marshalltown, concluding with performances at Riverfest in Iowa City. 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.

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.

The Dancers in Company repertory features a wide variety of dance styles, including dances selected especially for educational events with young audiences.

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 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 choreography "Poetic Waters and Picturesque Mountains" won the Golden Performing Prize in the China National College Dance Competition.

Dancers in Company 2004 performances and educational events have been made possible through the support of Target, Alliant Energy, Rockwell-Collins 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.

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 he surrounding region.

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.

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

PHOTOS are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html .

OTHER INFORMATION: Students in Dancers and Company and their hometowns are:
IOWA

Altoona -- Jamie Sweeney, junior
Bettendorf -- Julia Katcher, sophomore
Waterloo -- Megan Sinnott, senior

ILLINOIS
Chicago -- Erica Chinn, graduate
Elgin -- Meagan O'Connor, junior
Gurnee -- Jennifer Quint, junior; Maggie Rupprecht, senior
McHenry -- Jessica Marasa, junior
Palatine -- Colleen DeRosa, senior

MINNESOTA
Maple Grove -- Katie Johnson, sophomore

NEW YORK
Canandaigua -- Rebecca Evans, junior

WISCONSIN
DeForest -- Erin Huismann, junior