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The Stage: All in A Day’s Work

From Broadway to Boise, all new plays face the same obstacles. The writer agonizes over when the play is finally complete. The director struggles to combine the writer’s intent with their own artistic vision. The actors breathe life into characters […]

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The Stage: Love and Dysfunction From Across the Globe

  Big Love March 29-April 14 University of Iowa Theatre Building, David Thayer Theatre  More than film, literature, painting or almost any medium, theatre is a living, breathing art form. We see the performers on stage, we share a space […]

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The Stage: Worthy Traditions

December in any town in the United States large enough to have a ballet school means one thing: the annual ritual of The Nutcracker. In the imagination of young dancers everywhere, it’s always the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine. When I was growing up in Iowa City, that meant the Joffrey Ballet at Hancher. […]

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Dance: Interactive Flow

Dance incorporates a feature that other performing arts lack: athleticism. A dancer’s instrument is his or her body and, like professional athletes, there is a limited window of time in which dancers can perform at the highest level of the art. This adds to the emotional gravity of a dance performance. To be in the room when a gifted dancer performs is to bear witness to a concrete manifestation of Hericlitus’ idea that everything flows, nothing stands still. It is also intensely personal; there’s no dry paint on the canvas, no sound of instruments, there’s just the dancer’s self-expression written in pure physicality.

This month, Public Space One will be hosting events and exhibits as part of the third annual Works-in-Progress Festival. Unlike most exhibitions, at WiP it is the feedback that is on display, as local and visiting artists present unfinished works, seeking inspiration and unforeseen collaborations with guests. In this spirit, one of the festival’s more intriguing events will feature a live, largely improvised collaboration between local experimental music duo Lwa and UI Dance graduate students Analía Alegre-Femenías and Elizabeth June Bergman. The performance involves the two dancers performing in shallow pools of water accompanied by, and interacting with, the music of Lwa. […]

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The Stage: The Month In Theatre

Megan Gogerty’s new solo show Feet First In The Water With A Baby In My Teeth runs Sept. 9 – Oct. 2 at Riverside Theatre Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Hairspray The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts celebrates […]

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Stages for All Ages

Summer in Iowa City may bring with it a decrease in the number of students but, like parking places downtown, the city’s many stages always manage to stay occupied. This season brings a selection of theatre from the silly to the sublime, focusing often on families–many, though not all of the productions listed here, are suitable for family groups. […]

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