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Feb. 25, 2009

UI Dancers in Company launches 2010 season March 4-7

Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department's touring repertory company, will kick off its 2010 season with a "home concert" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6, in Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall. In addition, the company will perform an hour of excerpts from the repertory in a free Arts Share/Community Foundation of Johnson County concert for families at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7.

Receipts from the concerts help offset the costs of touring, which is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. This season's tour will take the company to Northwest Iowa, including Orange City, Spencer and Dunlap. In addition, the group will perform at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

The 2010 repertory features:

--"Lost Lullabies," by Carl Flink, a guest artist with the Dance Department during the current academic year.
--"Lips and Hands," by guest choreographer Jaime Camarena.
--"De Furia e Felicidade - 2006," by Dance Department faculty member Armando Duarte.
--"Vile Beauty," by faculty member Deanna Carter, co-director of Dancers in Company.
--"Porteno," by faculty member Eloy Barragan, director of Dancers in Company.
--"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," by visiting faculty member Annett Schaedlich-Hendrix.
--"Time Signature," by Barragan.

Flink (photo, right) is the founder and artistic director of the Minneapolis-based performance group, Black Label Movement. He is also the chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and the Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. A Limón Dance Company member during much of the 1990s, Flink has also danced for Daniel Nagrin, Creach/Koester Men Dancing, Bill T. Jones, and Paul Taylor. His choreography has been commissioned or presented by the dance programs of Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, Mount Holyoke College, Brigham Young University and Roger Williams University, as well as Ballet Arts Minnesota and the Limón Dancers' Choreography Project. In May 2008, he received a Boomerang Fund for Artists, Inc. Award and a 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Choreography.

Camarena (photo, left) is the director of the Mexican contemporary dance company A Poc A Poc and a member of the National System of Art Creators of Mexico. He began studying dance at the National Dance School in the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, graduating in 1984 to join Mexico's Compañía Nacional de Danza. He helped found Compañía Nacional de Danza's Contemporary Workshop. In 1990, Camarena joined Ballet de Monterrey. He later moved to Spain, where he studied at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. In 1994, Camarena founded A Poc A Poc, which placed in the final round of Spain's Ricard Moragas National Dance Awards for two consecutive years. He returned to Mexico in 1999 and rejoined Compañía Nacional de Danza as a visual designer. He has won recognition from diverse international choreography competitions, and his pieces have been presented to critical acclaim in Germany, the United States, Cuba, France, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, and Mexico.

Schaedlich-Hendrix (photo, left) received her degree in jazz, tap and modern dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in Holland in 1998. Since that time she has worked as a choreographer, dancer and teacher in Europe and the United States. She currently teaches hip-hop at the University of Iowa. Recent works include choreography for the Anderson Young Ballet Theatre, The Midnight Alley Cabaret and "Reefer Madness, The Musical" for University Theatres Mainstage in fall 2009.

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 choreographers who use 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 2010 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 may be purchased through the Hancher Box Office. General admission tickets are $20; UI students (with valid ID) $5; senior citizen $15; youth age 17 and under $10. The Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Town Center near the parking ramp, is open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu/. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Iowa Memorial Union.

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.

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