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June 14, 2004

Duarte's Choreography To 'Bolero' Will Premiere On Performances June 24-26

University of Iowa dance faculty member Armando Duarte's "Rouge," choreographed to Ravel's "Bolero," will receive its world premiere performances during the third season of Duarte Dance Works (DDW) at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 24-26, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The performances by the 15-member company will also include other popular works from the Duarte repertory, as well as two dances choreographed by UI dance graduate student and DDW company member Dan Stark.

"Rouge" is the second installment in a trilogy of works in which Duarte blends his eclectic, contemporary dance style with well known classical music. Duarte choreographed the first installment, "Noir," to "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini" in 2001.

"Rouge" was inspired by the sculpture "Le Petite Danseur" by Edgar Degas. Throughout his life, Degas devoted much of his time to the study of ballet dancers as subjects for both paintings and sculpture. In "Rouge," Duarte seeks to explore Degas' vision of a young female dancer -- the beauty of both the dancer and the dance.

"Rouge" will also be presented on the UI Dance Company's Dance Gala 2004 in Hancher Auditorium. On that occasion the music will be performed by the UI Symphony Orchestra under the direction of William LaRue Jones.

Duarte will perform in "Serenade for Goodbye," Stark's duet set to a Mozart serenade for winds. Stark also contributed "Threshold," a solo set to the music of Phillip Glass. Composer and visual artist Michael S. Cash has created abstract visual images for the performances.

Duarte's "National Passion" and "Baque" are well known to Iowa dance audiences, through Dance Gala productions and performances by DDW and Dancers in Company, the dance department's touring repertory company.

"National Passion" captures the athletic fire of soccer. Duarte grew up playing soccer, the largest national sport in Brazil and one that is growing in popularity in the U.S. The piece features an original score composed by UI faculty member Paul Cunliffe, uniting drumming and recordings of Brazilian soccer broadcasts

"Baque," choreographed during the first season of DDW in 2002, is another of Duarte's favorite works. Based on cultural movements and music by various artists from the northeast region of the Brazil, the piece provides an intense and passionate taste of Brazilian music and culture.

Duarte, who holds degrees from the University of Sao Paulo in his native Brazil and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, toured the world for 14 years as a founding member of the Cisne Negro (Black Swan) Dance Company in Sao Paulo. Early in his career he received a Best New Choreographer award from the Sao Paulo Association of Arts Reviewers, and in 1989 he was a guest choreographer at the American Dance Festival.

He has choreographed more than 25 works at the UI, and he has also been awarded two Old Gold Summer Fellowships for the completion of "Floresta," a dance based on the Brazilian rain forest; and a grant from the Support Program for Arts and Humanities for the creation of "National Passion."

In 2000 he received a grant from the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative for the "Dance and Music of the Americas" project, created with dance colleague Charlotte Adams and flutist Tadeu Coelho, who was then on the faculty of the UI School of Music.

Duarte's work has been recognized both nationally and internationally. He has been commissioned by several repertory and regional companies to choreograph dances, and his works have been performed in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland and the U.S. Over the past two years, Duarte Dance Works programs have been presented in Houston, and this summer the company will tour to Louisville.

Admission to the third season of Duarte Dance Works 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.

To get involved in this budding company's future, please write to Duarte Dance Works, 1506 Old Hickory Lane, Coralville, IA 52241 or visit www.duartedance.com.

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.

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