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Feb. 14, 2012

UI Department of Dance presents Faculty/Graduate Concert Feb. 16-18

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present a Faculty/Graduate Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18, in the Space Place Theater of North Hall.

The concert will include choreography by faculty members Eloy Barragan, Jennifer Kayle, and Alan Sener; and graduate students Joseph Cox, Jennifer Harge, Jiaxi Li, Zoe Bennett, and Jessica Anthony.

Dancers in Company director Barragan's "Kalliope" is an abstract quartet set to "Calliope Meets Frank" by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Read Barragan's faculty biography at

Kayle, the department's honors program director, has contributed choreography, live text, and dialogue for "how I will have missed you" (before it happens), a large ensemble work set to an original score by Carlos Cuellar Brown, as well as music by Benjamin Britten and additional text from recordings of Eckhart Tolle. It is the final installment in a trilogy dealing with our relationship with time, attention, waiting, predicting, and perceiving.

She describes the piece as "a series of text and movement vignettes/collage/scenes on the subject of past/present/future -- the unreality of time." Learn more about Kayle at

Sener's "So Flute" is another large ensemble work, featuring music by St. Germain. Read more about Sener, the former chair of the department, at

Anthony explores the family dynamics and the process of growing up in "Every Seven Minutes There is a Pause in Conversation," a trio set to music by UI School of Music graduate student Jason Gregory.

Kayle says that Anthony's piece "makes us smile at funny and familiar images of family, distilling, and presenting the rhythms and emotional dynamics of home. Complete with outbursts, cool cover-ups, and awkward silences, the trio reminds us of both the light and the dark side of our most intimate connections."

Four of the graduate-student works are self-performed solos:

--Cox will perform "Inner Labyrinth," set to music by Mark Phillips from "Sonic Landscapes." Cox says, "This work is about finding oneself lost in a shadowy corner of one's psyche."
--Bennett will perform, Yep," her choreography about relinquishing dominance and control, set to Slim Whitman's recording of "Indian Love Call." Kayle says Bennett is "taking us on a wild ride, as any cowgirl should."
--Jiaxi Li's "The swirling paths of the past" was choreographed to music by World's End Girlfriend. Kayle calls the piece "a mesmerizing journey across the space."
--Harge titled her work, set to music by Alice Coltrane, "Mother, May I Not?" She says the dance "is a reflection of human predicaments: It explores effort, releasing, and questioning."

This concert includes haze.

Tickets are $12 ($6 for senior citizens and youth, and free for UI students with a valid UI ID), and may be purchased in advance from the Hancher box office at 319-335-1160, 1-800-HANCHER, or Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

North Hall, which is accessible on foot from the Anne Cleary Walkway, is across the pedestrian bridge from free parking in the Hancher lot. Parking is also available right next door in the North Campus ramp at the north end of Madison Street.

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

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