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Feb. 10, 2006

Dancers In Company Kicks Off Its Season With Home Concerts Feb. 23-25

Dancers in Company, the touring repertory ensemble of the University of Iowa Dance Department, will kick off its season with home concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The company will also present a free lecture/performance, designed especially for families, at 3 p.m. Feb. 25, as part of the Target Community Concert Series, presented by the UI Arts Share program.

Dancers in Company (DIC) is made up of both undergraduates and graduate students, selected each year through auditions. The company reflects the mission of the Dance Department in preparing dancers and choreographers for professional careers while providing a quality liberal arts education.

Through extensive touring that requires adapting to an array of venues (theaters, art museums, school cafeterias), the dancers learn to hone their craft and develop their talents as performers. The dancers commit to a rigorous rehearsal and touring schedule in addition to their regular academic courses at the UI.

The dancers have the chance to work with talented choreographers who utilize many styles of movement, enriching both the dancers' educational experience and the viewing public's experience.

This year, DIC is presented under the artistic direction of Deanna Carter and Jennifer Kayle, faculty members in the Dance Department.

The concert will feature new works by UI dance faculty.

"...the theft I made of the flower of my mind" was choreographed by Kayle to Ravel's "Trios Poems," using images and gestures suggested by Stephane Mallamaré's "The White Lily."

"Four for Three" was choreographed Alan Sener, chair of the Dance Department, featuring music performed by pianist Lyle Juracek.

New dance faculty member Eloy Barragan choreographed "Involvidable (Unforgettable)" to music by Astor Piazzolla, Bebo and Cigala.

In "d.p. (displaced persons)" faculty choreographer Charlotte Adams pokes fun at the nerd in all of us. Set to hot Cuban Big Band music and rock by George Hawke and Los Lasers, the piece features dance nerd Trevor in a hilarious look at feeling out of place.

"Six or Seven Studies for Sanfona de Boca" was choreographed by faculty member Armando Duarte, with music by Tacares da Gaita, one of the most important musicians of northeast Brazil. This work is one in a series of dancers based on Duarte's ongoing research on Brazilian folk music and dance.

Carter created the light-hearted "Cowboy Blues" to music about the Old West by Gene Autry, Patsy Montana, the Prairie Ramblers and Patsy Cline.

This spring DIC will tour to Dubuque, Le Mars, Coralville and Sioux City, and will also perform for the Girl Scout Day of Dance in Iowa City. The tour was organized by Arts Share.

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa -- a goal in perfect synch with the UI Year of Public Engagement.

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 program also sponsors a variety of on-campus performances available to school groups from throughout the region.

The 2005-06 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 sponsors for 2005-06 include Alliant Energy Foundation, the Optimists, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation and Target Stores.

Arts Share is the outreach program of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Dance Department is one of the division's academic units.

Tickets for the Feb. 23-25 evening concerts 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