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University of Iowa News Release


May 28, 2009

NOTE: This release contains corrected information in regard to ticket prices and the time window to purchase tickets. Tickets for the Summer Dance Concert are $12 for general admission, $5 for UI students and youth. They will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m. before each performance.

UI Dance Department presents summer dance concert June 4-6

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present a summer dance concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 4-6, in the Space Place Theater of the UI North Hall.

Featuring choreography by dance faculty members Eloy Barragan, Deanna Carter and Armando Duarte, the program will include premiers of new pieces as well as works created over the past 10 years.

Barragan will have three works on the program. "Y Por Tí . . ." (And for you . . .) was commissioned in 2008 by the Richmond Ballet for the New Works Festival. The music is from "Villancicos y Danzas Criollas," a recording of early music from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala, and music by Antonio Vivaldi.

"En Tí, En Mí" (In you, in me) was premiered as a solo at the Youth American Grand Prix in 2004 and performed in 2006 at the American Dance Guild Festival in New York. Barragan says "This ballet was inspired by the power of a bull, the courage of the bullfighter, and the sensuality of a woman." The music is from a string quartet by Alan Terriciano, chair of the Department of Dance at the University of California, Irvine.

"Estudio #1" (Study #1) for a company of eleven dancers will have its premiere performance. Using music by Antonio Caldara, Michael Nyman and Javier Alvarez, "Estudio #1" is an exploration of feelings of loss and coping with the disappearance of memories

Carter's solo piece "La Tierra, Mi Tierra" (The land, my land) will also have its premiere performance on the Summer Dance Concert. Set to music by various composers, this contemporary ballet work was inspired by Carter's earlier summer concert "Alma & Tierra," presented in 2006 at the Space Place Theater.

Duarte will have two works on the program. One of his most popular works, "National Passion" (1998) is based on the game of soccer set to an original score by Paul Cunliffe with live narration of Brazilian soccer games. Duarte describes his choreography as "an abstract interpretation of the most popular game in the word." Duarte has dedicated "National Passion" to his father, José Pereira Duarte, "the first soccer fan I ever met."

"Tapetes," a quartet for four women, will be Duarte's premiere on the Summer Dance Concert. An abstract exploration of human emotions, "Tapetes" is set to a collage of Latin-American songs interpreted by internationally known Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso.

Tickets for the Summer Dance Concert are $12 for general admission, $5 for UI students and youth. They will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m. before each performance.

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.

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

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