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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 17, 2005

UI Dancers In Company Presents Home Concerts March 3-5

Dancers in Company, the touring repertory ensemble of the University of Iowa Dance Department, will present its Home Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The company will also present a free one-hour events especially designed for families on the Target Community Concert series, at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5.

This year Dancers in Company is directed by new ballet faculty member Deanna Carter and visiting modern dance faculty member Jennifer Kayle. Together they have created a program of entertainment including new works by UI dance faculty and graduate students, along with a work by guest choreographer Gabriel Masson.

The concert will include:

-- "Souvenirs" by Deanna Carter, set to excerpts from "Souvenirs" by Samuel Barber;

-- "Hit it, Swoosh it, Step it, Shake it" by graduate choreographer Matthew Lindstrom with music by James Brown;

-- "Wild Turkey," a solo by Jennifer Kayle with music from the Stanley Brothers;

-- Masson's "Midnight," set to a movement from Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs";

-- "Voce nao sabe como eu te amo" (You don't know how much I love you) by faculty member Armando Duarte;

-- "Bucket!" by graduate choreographer Tom Truss, performed to a musical soundscape created in collaboration with the dancers; and

-- "Sonata for Seven" by Dance Department Chair Alan Sener, with music by Gioaccochino Rossini.

During Masson's 20-year career in dance he has toured the world in the companies of Hannah Kahn, Rosalind Newman, Lucinda Childs and Doug Varone, and has danced in projects with choreographers including Peter Pucci, Mark Morris and Michele Pogliani. 

Since 1989, he has choreographed more than 25 pieces for repertory and university dance companies, and he served as artistic director of his own company, Gabriel Masson Dance (GMDance) for six years.

Masson has taught and performed at festivals worldwide including the American Dance Festival, United States and Korea; the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland; and the Sao Paolo Biennial, Brazil.

Duarte's piece is the first choreographic work based on field research conducted in Brazil as part of his Career Developmental Award during the fall of 2004. Dancers in Company is performing it as a work in process, and the finished work will performed in June as part of a concert by his own company, Duarte Dance Works.

The Dancers In Company ensemble of a dozen members is selected by audition each fall from among both undergraduate and graduate students. The company rehearses six days each week to prepare for concerts and lecture demonstrations.

The touring season, coordinated by the UI Arts Share program, sends the company throughout Iowa and the Midwest from March through June, to perform for a wide range of audiences.

The company reflects the mission of the Dance Department to prepare dancers and choreographers for professional careers while providing a quality liberal arts education. Through extensive touring at an array of venues -- from theaters and art museums to school cafeterias -- the dancers learn to hone their craft and develop their talents as performers. In addition to their rigorous dance schedule, the members of the company are also required to take academic courses at the UI.

Members of Dancers in Company expand their horizons and are inspired to pursue many types of careers, from dancer to teacher to choreographer, as well as career choices outside the world of dance.

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa. To serve that goal, Arts Share makes artists available in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing. The available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures -- and even special, custom-designed projects.

The Target Community Concert Series is one in a variety of on-campus performances available to school groups and families from throughout the region.

The 2004-05 Arts Share roster includes more than 100 individual artists and ensembles, with options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Many schools have scheduled several Arts Share artists to create a concentrated arts day, or have engaged an artist to make multiple visits, enabling their guidance of long-term projects.

Arts Share and the School of Music are part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tickets for the Home Concert performance 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.

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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The following is the 2005 spring touring schedule for Dancers in Company:

Target Community Concert at Space/Place Theater

North Hall, UI Campus

March 5, 3 p.m.

Made possible by a grant from Target Stores

Girl Scouts of the Mississippi River Valley

North Hall, UI Campus

March 6, 11:30 a.m.

Cardinal Elementary School

Maquoketa, Iowa

March 9, 2 p.m.

St. Olaf College

St. Olaf, Minnesota

March 10, 8 p.m.

West Harrison Community School

Woodbine, Iowa 

April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Coralville Central Elementary School

Coralville, Iowa

April 5, 1:30 p.m.

Iowa Wesleyan College

Mount Pleasant, Iowa

April 8, 8 p.m.

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa

Date and time T.B.A.

Dubuque Art Museum

Dubuque, Iowa

April 30, 1 p.m.

Five Flags Center

Dubuque, Iowa

April 30, 8 p.m.

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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