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Dance company to perform at Indian Hills

Mar 22, 2013

OTTUMWA – Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa Dance Department’s touring repertory company, will kick off its 2013 touring season at Indian Hills Community College with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. John Auditorium.

Admission is free with funding being provided by the University of Iowa Arts Share program.

The performance will feature the restaging of “Shortcut to My Friend” by international choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo and the return of Clébio Oliveira’s “The fantastic escape of a little buffalo.”

A native of Madrid, Cerrudo 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, Oliveira 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 15 prizes as best choreographer and dancer in different festivals in Brazil.

In addition, the event marks the world premieres of new pieces by UI faculty choreographers Alan Sener, Armando Duarte, Deanna Carter and Eloy Barragán.

Former Dancers in Company member and current Iowa student Steven Gray 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.


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