UI Dancers in Company launches 2011 season March 3-5, include live broadcast

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This announcement appeared in Eastern Iowa Life.

Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department’s touring repertory company, will kick off its 2011 season -— its 27th -— with a “home concert” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5, in Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall. The performance will feature the premiere of “The World and I” by guest artist Julie Bour, a native of France now working as a choreographer and teacher in New York City.

As an added attraction, this year for the first time the March 4 performance will be streamed live by UI Information Technology Services (ITS) via the web. The broadcast /streaming will include live interviews from 7 to 7:30 p.m. by Joan Kjaer for UI International Programs “WorldCanvass Studio” program. The live streaming is being made possible by a new Technology and Performing Arts Project, a collaboration among the Department of Dance, the Division of Performing Arts and ITS.

The company will also 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 6.

“The Technology and the Performing Arts Project will expand the Department of Dance’s range of communication and collaboration with audiences, teachers, students, choreographer dancers and artists around the world,” said Eloy Barragán, assistant professor of dance and live-stream project director. Barragán said the project was made possible with support from Dance Department Chair George de la Peña, Division of Performing Arts Director Alan McVey, division business manager Kayt Conrad, UI Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle and Les Finken of Information Technology Services.

In addition to “The World and I,” the 2011 Dancers In Company program features the premieres of pieces by UI faculty members and choreographers Armando Duarte, “Voce Nao Sabe Como Eu Te Amo,” Deanna Carter, “Inside Glass II,” Eloy Barragán, “Some Day,” and Alan Sener, “You Guys Are Cool.” Also on the program are “ …to make your acquaintance” by Jennifer Kayle, and “Conspiracies of the Body” by Charlotte Adams in collaboration with Fawn Boston-Kemple, Nicole Morford, Amy Stange and Jessi Yokus.

Julie Bour graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris before working with the Ballet Preljocaj. In 2002, she traveled to Israel to work with Inbal Pinto Dance Company. Later, she relocated to the United States, where her theatrical exploration of dance through crossover works like Julie Taymor’s Opera “Grendel” encouraged her own choreographic work. She is the co-founder of The Flying Mammoth, a New York production company.

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 take the company to Iowa City elementary schools, as well as Dubuque and Fairfield, Iowa, and then on to performances in Illinois in Elgin, Sycamore and Chicago, as well as St. Paul, Minn.

Arts Share and the Dance Department are units of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information on WorldCanvass Studio, see: http://accents.international.uiowa.edu/category/worldcanvass/.

Tickets may be purchased through the Hancher Box Office. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 senior citizen/youth, and $5 for UI students (with valid ID). 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 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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