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Nov. 29, 2010

At A Glance

UI Division of Performing Arts presents Dance Collaborative Performance

The University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts will present a Dance Collaborative Performance, "…than Mirror appear; are they Objects closer (in)?", at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2-4 in the Space Place Theatre of North Hall.

The concert-length production was developed in the division's Collaborative Performance class in the Department of Dance, through which students in several arts disciplines work together in the creation of new work.

The intention of this semester's students -- five choreographers, 13 dancers, three composers, two stage managers and a costume designer -- was to make something unlike anything that had been produced before. They elaborated on the idea that when an audience views any performance or piece of art, each person takes away something different. A unique seating arrangement for the audience is just one of the results.

Tickets -- free for students with a valid UI ID, $12 general public; $6 senior citizen and youth 17 and younger -- are available in advance from the Hancher box office, or at the door one hour before curtain time.

The Hancher Box Office, 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


Students can build bears, gingerbread houses with item donation Dec. 2

University of Iowa students are encouraged to spread holiday cheer and help others in need during the “Holiday Bash: A Season of Giving” event, a special late-night activity presented by Mayflower Residence Hall and the International Crossroads Community (ICC). The celebration will take place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Mayflower Multipurpose Room.

Participants are asked to bring two or three items to be donated to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program of Iowa City, including unused school supplies from the previous semester, nonperishable food and inexpensive hygienic items. For a list of items needed, visit

Students will be able to build a personalized bear and compete in a gingerbread house contest for prizes. All supplies are provided, and students can keep their bears and gingerbread houses. Everything is free with a donation.

ICC cross-cultural programs are coordinated by University Housing and UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Jarvis Purnell at or 319-353-0820.


UI ‘Green Politics’ conference Dec. 3-4 explores environment from many angles

The upcoming second-annual European Studies Conference will explore such diverse environmental topics as the role of watermills in the Middle Ages, green spaces in Ancient Rome and today’s Paris, and saving a certain breed of pig in 21st century Italy by eating it.

This multidisciplinary “Green Politics” conference will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4 in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus. All activities are free and open to the public.

A keynote address on the current biodiversity crisis titled “Red List Blues: The Politics of Extinction” will be presented by Ursula Heise at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Heise is a professor of English at Stanford University in California.

Scholarly presentations will be offered from eight UI faculty and graduate students, most in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). For a full schedule of topics and times, visit

This conference is co-sponsored by the European Studies Group, UI International Programs, and the UI departments of German and French and Italian in CLAS.

For more information, contact Michel Laronde at or 319-335-2264.


UI Chamber Orchestra and All-University String Orchestra perform Dec. 5

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra, conducted by School of Music graduate students Kira Horel, Yuichi Ura and Michael Wright, will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Riverside Recital Hall.

All-University String Orchestra will open the concert with performances of "La Sultane" by Francois Couperin, Psalm and Fugue by Alan Hovhaness and the Concerto Grosso No. 1 by Ernest Bloch, featuring pianist Pablo Gorin.

The Chamber Orchestra program will be the "Don Giovanni" Overture, K527, by W.A. Mozart; Piccola Musica Notturna by Luigi Dallapiccola; and the "Seigfried Idyll" by Richard Wagner.

Horel, the orchestra manager for the School of Music, is the conductor of the St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra, and she is also music director at Faith United Church of Christ in Iowa City.

Ura received a Bachelor of Music degree in composition with honors from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo and a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Wright, a graduate of Oklahoma Christian, is an orchestra librarian for the School of Music. Visit his Facebook page at

Visit the UI orchestras on Facebook at


Celebrate Kwanzaa Dec. 8 at Old Brick

The campus community is invited to an early Kwanzaa holiday celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Old Brick, 326 Market St. in Iowa City.

The night will feature music, dancing, storytelling and great food. Dancers can move to the rhythm of Conga, Djembe, Dunnun and Kutiro music, all traditional African and Afro-Caribbean beats. The celebration also includes storytelling time with reading, acting and character expression. Additionally, a Karamu feast of traditional soul food will be available.

Performing during the festivities are Kunama Mtendaji and the Afi Ama Music and Dance Ensemble. Mtendaji is an African American folk artist specializing in storytelling, music, and dance.

Sponsors of the event include the Afro-American Cultural Center, Black Student Union, Center for Diversity and Enrichment, the Hubbard Group, Office of Student Life, and University of Iowa Student Government.

Please RSVP to by Monday, Dec. 6.


UI University and Concert Bands present joint concert Dec. 8

The University and Concert Bands of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Conductor Curran Prendergast and guest conductor Richard Chapman will lead the University Band in performances of "Amparito Roca" by Jaime Texidor, "Irish Tune from County Deery" by Percy Aldridge Grainger, "Sea Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "I Am" by Andrew Boysen and "Undertow," a recent composition by John Mackey.

The Concert Band is conducted by Kevin Kastens, director of the Hawkeye Marching Band, and he will be joined by guest conductors Richard Chapman and Marc Decker.

The Concert Band will perform "Carnival" by Paul Basler, "Incantation and Dances" by John Barnes Chance, "No Shadow of Turning" by David Gillingham and Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed.

Kasten's bio is accessible at


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