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April 4, 2006

UI Dance Department Will Present '5 ALIVE' Concerts April 13-15 And 20-22

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present "5 ALIVE," concerts of graduate thesis performances by five Master of Fine Arts students in dance, in two separate programs, presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 13-15 and 20-22 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The performances will feature performances by Brenda Serrata Tally, Edward Rice, Matthew Lindstrom, Kristin Best and Mary Davies. The program will be different for each weekend, with some works performed on both programs, and others performed on only a single weekend.

The following three works will be performed both weekends:

-- "A Story About Apples," which offers a unique look at the story of Adam and Eve and features Rice and Tally. This work by nationally known choreographer Gabriel Masson is set to the music of Giovanni Sollima.

-- "Bees, Butterflies and Beings," with choreography by Tom Truss and featuring Best and Davies. This is a duet with live music about life's journey -- sometimes direct, sometimes indirect -- with everyone headed towards the same place but at their own times.

-- The concluding piece for both programs, "Team Halsey Action Dance." Choreographed by UI dance faculty members Daniel Stark, this piece features the entire company, "Team Halsey." A parody that refers to the influence of comic book characters on contemporary culture, "Team Halsey Action Dance" is built on the desire to escape into a fantasy world.

In addition to these three works, both programs will also include an improvisation by the 5 Alive Dancers and guests.

The remaining pieces on the first weekend, April 13-15, will be:

-- "A Solo Surrounded," choreographed and performed by Rice. This dance explores the paradox of people who are isolated, even while surrounded by other people.

-- "Five from the Cave," an exploration of power, lust and love choreographed by Tom Truss and featuring Lindstrom. Song, text, movement and gesture combine to convey thoughts often left unsaid.

-- "She was, She thought," a solo choreographed by UI faculty member Jennifer Kayle and performed by Tally. This is an alternately athletic and contemplative solo set to the dense text of Tildy Bayar, with meditations on the violence, mystery, and wonder of life.

Additional pieces on the second weekend, April 20-22, will be:

-- "Untitled," choreography by UI faculty member Deanna Carter and performed by Best to music by J.S. Bach. A new multi-media work with media design by William Barbour, this work uses film taken underwater to take dance into unusual realms.

--  "Your Own Extremities," choreography by Kayle in collaboration with dancers, Davies and Lindstrom. This work presents existential fragments of a relationship, as a couple use spoken word, complicated touch and shared simple moments to embody and expose the ordinary and extraordinary tones of intimacy.

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

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. You may visit the Dance Department web site at www.uiowa.edu/~dance/. 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