UI Dance Company Home Concert

Feb 26, 2022

08:00 PM

Space Place Theater,

20 Davenport Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

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Black and white images of students dancing, spread over images of campus including the Old Capitol Building and North Hall.

UI Dance Company Home Concert

February 23, 24, 25, 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Space Place Theater

UI Dance Company is back on stage at the Space Place Theater for the first time in two years with a concert of six contemporary dance works by guest choreographers and faculty. This evening of dance is packed with curiosity, humor, and empathy in a diverse exploration of the human experience through movement and metaphor. The company of ten dancers will perform works by renowned choreographer and dance scholar Thomas DeFrantz, Jennifer Kayle, Kristin Marrs, Melinda Jean Myers, and Kieron Sargeant. Also on the program is an intergenerational work based on a letter exchange and collaborative process with seniors from the Iowa City Senior Center.  

UI Dance Company is the resident repertory and touring company of the Department of Dance, under the direction of Stephanie Miracle, visiting assistant professor, and Alex Bush, associate director.

Works in this year’s home concert will include:

This is what I want
Choreography by Thomas DeFrantz, in collaboration with the performers

Beats Per Minute
Choreography by Kristin Marrs
Beats Per Minute is an exploration of time and timing. The dancers partner with four metronomes, whose role is to keep time, direct timing, and create an aural soundscape that changes the performers' and the audience's relationship to time and rhythm. Originally conceived as a choreographic exercise to explore how speed affects movement, and piece evolved as speed inevitably conjured the pervasive hectic, urgent aspects of contemporary life. This piece is a re-staging of a 2012 work.

Choreography by Melinda Jean Myers, in collaboration with the dancers

Trace, Fold, Enclose
Choreography by Stephanie Miracle and Alex Bush, in collaboration with the dancers, with input from partners at the Iowa City Senior Center
This work was developed through a collaborative process facilitated by UIDC directors Alex Bush and Stephanie Miracle, with the full company and partners from the Iowa City Senior Center. Dancers and seniors exchanged letters that explored themes of home, place, memory, and sensory experience over a period of six weeks. The company and senior partners then embarked on the development of movement in response to the letters, which was crafted into a work that explores these themes.

Seltsame Seligkeit (strange bliss)
Choreography by Jennifer Kayle, with collaborative movement development from the dancers, including the original cast (Erin Corcoran, Ethan Rome, Amy Simonson, and Lauren Vanchina)

Come Walk In My Shoes
Choreography by Kieron Dwayne Sargeant
This work explores the ideas around how woman are viewed based on the shoes they wear. The piece brings in questions about femininity and the character perceived based on the shoe choices. What’s causing the viewer to gaze? What are the spaces and places you see both shoes and bodies operating together?

$14 Adults
$8 Seniors (65+)
$8 Students & Youth
$5 UI Students (with valid ID)

Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office at 319-335-1160 or online at hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets.

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