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University of Iowa News Release

March 23, 2005

St. Olaf College Dancers Perform April 9 At UI

Dancers from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. will perform "Swing a Club: facing cancer" at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in the Space/Place Theatre on North Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The performance completes an exchange between St. Olaf and the UI Dance Department. The UI Dancers in Company touring ensemble performed at St. Olaf on March 10, through the UI Arts Share program.

"Swing a Club: facing cancer" is an interdisciplinary dance piece addressing themes of life and death, hope and grief, support and letting go. The work was choreographed by Anthony Roberts, dance artist in residence at St. Olaf College, as an intimate response and personal tribute to his brother, Tom, who died of cancer in 2001.

The title of the piece reflects Tom's hope that he could quickly complete his cancer treatments and take an annual golf trip with a tight knit group of college friends.

The piece combines movement, video, spoken word and music, all created by Anthony Roberts. Joining him as performers are St. Olaf College dance faculty members Heather Klopchin and Janice Roberts, student members of Companydance and Billi Faillettaz, a retired psychotherapist and an active member of the metro Red Cross Stress Team.

The work, which premiered in April 2004, was reprised this season because of overwhelming audience response. "The responses showed me the power, passion and joy of the work, and the worth of sharing it with others," Roberts says.

Roberts has performed nationally and internationally with Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company; Sharir Dance Company in Austin, Texas; and the Jacob's Pillow's Men Dancers (a project touring internationally to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ted Shawn's birth). He has performed historical modern dance works by Ted Shawn, Doris Humphrey, Helen Tamiris, Jose Limon, Charles Weidman and Merce Cunningham.

In addition to his work in the St. Olaf Dance Department, he is also a member of Information and Instructional Technologies, where he is a faculty consultant in  the integration of technology into the classroom and teaching.

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

Tickets for the April 9 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.

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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