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Aug. 23, 2005

Duarte Dance Works Performs 'Quatro' Sept. 1-3 In UI Space/Place Theatre

Duarte Dance Works (DDW), the professional company that performs the choreography of University of Iowa Dance Department faculty member Armando Duarte, will reprise "Quatro," a production the company premiered this summer, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 1-3, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

"The summer performances of 'Quatro' were really well received by the audience," Duarte says. "This will be the first time DDW will present a series of performances during the fall, and I am thrilled with this opportunity. My goal is to reach audience members that were not here during the summer. This is a great opportunity for students and the general dance audience to see DDW.

"I am also excited that with these performances DDW will start the preparation for a series of performances during the spring and the celebration of our Fifth Season -- at the Englert Theater in June -- followed by performances in Milwaukee and Minneapolis."

Duarte's choreography features an eclectic movement style that combines the beauty and diversity of music and dance from his homeland, Brazil, with America's modern dance tradition.

For the first three seasons, DDW programs premiered in Iowa City have toured to Houston and Louisville to enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics.

This summer the company premiered three pieces: "Sobre Ausencia" (About absence), which explores human relationships; "Voce nao sabe como eu te amo" (You don't know how much I love you), choreographed to music by various artists from the northeast region of Brazil, providing an intense and passionate taste of Brazilian music and culture; and "City Remixed," inspired by the internationally known 2003 Brazilian Film "City of God."

The multi-media production of "City Remixed" is set to a collage of compositions from the original film soundtrack, remixed with a fusion of original techno/disco music. Blended by Brazilian D.J.s, the work includes some of the most famous Brazilian rhythms, including samba and pagode.

Duarte also collaborated with Brazilian visual artists Isabel Machado, a Fulbright Fellow filmmaker pursuing her master's degree in film at the UI, and designer Daniel Wildberger, a master of fine arts degree candidate in the UI School of Art and Art History.

Also on the program is "Duo," which Duarte choreographed during the first season of DDW in 2002. One of Duarte's favorite works, it is set to the music of Mexican composer Joaquim Heras.

Duarte drew the "Quatro" company solely from the talent of the UI Dance Department. Fifteen current UI dance students will perform, along with returning alumni. Guests Diego Carrasco and Dan Stark will be featured in the fall performances.

Duarte, who holds degrees from the University of Sao Paulo 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 nearly 30 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," about Brazil's love affair with soccer.

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 received commissions to choreograph dances from several repertory and regional companies, and his works have been performed in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.

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

Tickets for the Duarte Dance Works "Quatro" performances are $12; UI student $6; free admission for children under 12.

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 UI Dance Department is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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