Dance Gala 2011 offers stunning program

Dance Gala 2011, the University of Iowa Department of Dance’s major annual event, will feature the signature piece by legendary choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as original music by Payton MacDonald, and John Manning and Erin Vang; live performance by Center for New Music guests the JACK Quartet and percussionist Payton MacDonald; and Hancher’s commission for the Hubbard Street company’s National Choreography Competition.

The performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursday–Saturday, Oct. 27-29 and Nov. 3-5, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, in the Space Place Theater of North Hall.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for audience members 65 and older; $5 for UI students with a valid UI ID and youth 17 and younger) and are available in advance from the Hancher Box Office, 319-335-1160 or 800-426-2437, or online at Patron tickets, which include an $80 contribution to the Department of Dance through the University of Iowa Foundation, are available for $100.

The program will feature:

  • A reconstruction of Trisha Brown’s 1983 signature work, “Set and Reset/Reset,” directed by Master of Fine Arts student Melinda Myers, a former member of Brown’s company, and featuring the music of Laurie Anderson and costumes based on the originals by Robert Rauschenberg.
  • The premiere of “Tongues In Trees” by faculty member Alan Sener, featuring new music by MacDonald, performed and recorded by MacDonald and the JACK Quartet (first weekend live, second weekend recorded).
  • Clebio Oliveira’s “The fantastic escape of a little buffalo,” which was created in the Department of Dance facilities and premiered by Hubbard Street 2 at Space Place Theater in a September event presented by Hancher.
  • The premiere of “Catch,” created by faculty choreographer Charlotte Adams in collaboration with the dancers, and featuring music composed and performed by Erin Vang and UI School of Music faculty member John Manning.
  • “Sueños,” a premiere by faculty choreographer Deanna Carter, who also edited a musical collage.
  • The premiere of a new work by faculty choreographer Eloy Barragan.

Other artistic contributors to Dance Gala 2011 include artistic director George de la Pena, lighting designer Laurel Shoemaker, and costume and scenic designer Margaret Wenk-Kuchlbauer. Costumes for “The fantastic escape…” were designed by Rebecca Shouse, and the lighting was designed by Matt Miller.

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