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Feb. 24, 2012

UI Dancers in Company launches 2012 season March 1-3

Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department's touring repertory company, will kick off its 2012 season — its 28th — with a "home concert" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3, in Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The company will also perform an hour of excerpts from the repertory in a free public Arts Share/Community Foundation of Johnson County concert for families at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, also at the Space/Place Theatre.

The home concert will feature the restaging of Shortcut to My Friend by international choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo and the return of Clébio Oliveria’s The fantastic escape of a little buffalo. In addition, the event marks the world premieres of new pieces by UI faculty choreographers Alan Sener, Armando Duarte, Deanna Carter, and Eloy Barragán.

A native of Madrid, Alejandro Cerrudo (photo, top left) trained at the Real Conservatorio Professional de Danza de Madrid. He has danced with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, and since 2005, with Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago. He became the Hubbard’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. His works have been performed in the U.S., Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia.

A Brazilian now living in Germany, Clébio Oliveira (photo, right) graduated from UniverCidade da Cidade, in Rio de Janeiro. He danced for four years for Deborah Colker’s Dance Company. As a choreographer, he has won more than fifteen prizes as best choreographer and dancer in different festivals in Brazil.

Former Dancers in Company member and current UI student Steven Gray (photo, bottom left) will be a featured dancer. Gray is a senior majoring in dance and vocal performance. He started dance in 2007 with National Dance Academy in Iowa City and started taking classical ballet from the UI Youth Ballet in February 2008. He has received full scholarships to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Lou Conte Dance Studio and to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.

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. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 seniors/youth, and $5 for UI students (with valid ID). 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. 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.

Receipts from the Dancers In Company home concerts help offset the costs of touring, which is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. This season's tour will include performances at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Marengo and at the Dubuque Museum of Art, and lecture/demonstrations at elementary schools in Hills, North Liberty, and Cedar Rapids.

PHOTOS: Alejandro Cerrudo, Clébio Oliveira, and Steven Gray at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: J.D. Mendenhall, phone 319-335-3213; email:; Steve Parrott, University Communication and Marketing, 319-384-0037;