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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 17, 2004

Hubbard Street Performs World Premiere In Hancher Oct. 9

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which has just celebrated its Silver Anniversary as one of America's most popular contemporary dance companies, will perform the world premiere of "Gimme" by Lucas Crandall during a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.

In addition to the Hancher commissioned premiere, the program will feature the hard-driving, sexy "Rooster" by British choreographer Christopher Bruce, set to eight of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs; and "Tabula Rasa" by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin.

Crandall, an artistic associate of Hubbard Street, was the guest choreographer of "Pulse" last season for the UI Dance Company's Dance Gala in Hancher. He will be joined by Hubbard Street Artistic Director Jim Vincent in a pre-performance discussion, free to performance ticket holders, at 7 p.m. in the Hancher Greenroom.

A native of Wisconsin, Crandall began his performing career at the Ballet du Grand Theatre in Geneva, Switzerland, and later joined Nederlands Dans Theatre. He arrived at Hubbard Street in 2000.

Crandall began his choreographic career in 1982, and his pieces have been performed in Switzerland, Italy, France, Canada and the United States. In 1999, he was selected from 60 candidates to be one of six participants in the third International Choreographic Workshop in Zurich, Switzerland.

Christopher Bruce's "Rooster" -- part celebration of the '60s and part satire of macho -- has been a high-octane international hit in the repertories of dance companies including England's Ballet Rambert and the Houston Ballet. The soundtrack of early Stones classics includes "Ruby Tuesday," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Play With Fire," "Little Red Rooster," "Lady Jane" and "Paint it Black."

Lynette Halewood wrote in Ballet Magazine, "Bruce plots the clash of the sexes to an exuberant Rolling Stones soundtrack -- the women get the better of it, just. It's enormous fun, adored by the audience."

The critic of the Houston Press reported, "the crowd started shouting its appreciation before the piece was half over. When the lights faded, a few people were literally standing on their seats, the better to have their applause carry above the rest of the audience, which had risen to its feet for the first of what became a half-dozen hooting and hollering curtain calls."

Naharin is the artistic director of Tel Aviv's Bat'sheva Dance Company, and his works are frequently performed by the Frankfurt Ballett, Bayerisches Staatsballet, the Cullberg Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Finnish National Ballet, the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, and the Nederlands Dans Theatre, whose second company electrified a Hancher audience with his "Minus 16."

"Tabula Rasa," choreographed in 1988 to music of the same name by Estonian mystical composer Arvo Part, is a new addition to the Hubbard Street repertory this season.

Naharin has said of his work, "What turns me on is structure, texture, virtuosity, dynamism. I like to see the body in minimalism, to see the kind of movement that is economic and explosive."

Founded by Lou Conte in 1977 as a jazzy ensemble of four women, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is today composed of 21 culturally diverse dancers. Recognized world-wide for its exuberant, athletic and eclectic repertory, the company incorporates many influences, from ballet to musical theater to cutting-edge choreography, and it continues to expand its repertory with works by both world-class and emerging choreographers.

Pam Squires of the Washington Post wrote about the company, "Take a deep breath, because Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is going to take your breath away."

The Hubbard Street commission and performance are supported by Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

"Rooster" is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Tickets are $36/33/30; UI student $32.40/15 senior citizen $32.40/29.70/27; youth $25.20/23.10/21.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu.

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.

PHOTOS are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher/media.html.

OTHER INFORMATION: At the time of this release, all Zone 1 tickets on the ground floor have been sold. Zone 1 tickets are still available in the balcony. Editors should check with the box office for up-to-date ticket availability.