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Feb. 26, 2008

New: VIDEO FEATURE: Dancers in Company kick off season
Catch the excitement of the UI's other student-athletes -- dancers - before they hit the road. (watch)

Support the home team: UI Dancers in Company kicks off season March 6-8

Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department's touring repertory company, will kick off its 2008 season with their "home concert" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, in Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Receipts from the concert help to offset the costs of touring, which is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. The company will tour Iowa and the Midwest, March through June.

In addition, the company will perform an hour of excerpts from the repertory in a free Arts Share Community Concert for families at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9.

The repertory features:
--"Escargot" by "Fame" choreographer Louis Falco, staged by Dance Department Chair Alan Sener, the artistic curator of the Falco estate.
--"Concerto Grosso" by Eugene Ballet Artistic Director Toni Pimble, who set the work on UI dancers for last fall's Dance Gala.
--"Danzon," a new ballet by dance faculty member Deanna Carter.
--"Blaze" by guest choreographer Jimmy Peters.
--"Cannopy" by guest choreographer Brad Garner.
--a group improvisation by a quintet of dancers.

Peters is the artistic director of the Temecula Dance Company in California, and he has taught at several universities. He danced in New York, in touring productions and at the White House; and he has choreographed for numerous companies, industrials and universities.

Garner has been a member of Keith Johnson/Dancers for the past three seasons, and he had performed with several other companies and choreographers. He is currently on faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his choreography has been funded by the Jerome Foundation, the Arizona Commission for the Arts and the McCallum Dancing Under the Stars festival in Palm Desert, Cal.

Dancers in Company 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.

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 2008 Arts Share roster includes more than 100 individual artists and ensembles.

Arts Share and the Dance Department are units of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tickets are $12 (UI student $6; Free admission for children under 12).

Tickets to the March 6-8 performances 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 to 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 T. Anne Cleary Walkway. 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, go to http://list.uiowa.edu/archives/acr-news.html, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Eloy Barragan, UI Department of Dance, eloy-barragan@iowa.edu; George De La Pena, UI Department of Dance, george-delapena@uiowa.edu; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell), winston-barclay@uiowa.edu