UI dancers set works by international writers in motion

UI dancers set works by international writers in motion

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Collaboration will be showcased at Nov. 2 performance

University of Iowa students in the Department of Dance have collaborated with writers in residence at the International Writing Program to choreograph new dances inspired by the writers’ works. A free, public performance showcasing their work will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in Space Place Theater in North Hall.

Collaborative works to be performed include:

  • "Ten" by Muhamed Abdelnabi (Egypt)
  • "My Voice, I Do Not Hear" by Sawsan Al-Areeque (Kuwait)
  • "Ejagham" by Corinne N'Guessan (Cote d'Ivoire)
  • "Adieu" by Oscar Ranzo (Uganda)
  • "Tangerines" by Wang Jiaxin (China)

This collaborative performance is the second-to-last public event of the 2013 IWP Fall Residency. On Monday, Nov. 4, the 34 writers from 31 countries who arrived in Iowa City in August for the annual 10-week residency will travel to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City before returning to their home countries on Nov. 12.

The IWP Fall Residency is organized in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Alumni of the program include many well-known international writers, including two recent Nobel Prize in Literature laureates: Mo Yan (China, IWP 2004) and Orhan Pamuk (Turkey, IWP 1985).

The IWP is a unique conduit for the world’s literatures, connecting well-established writers from around the globe, bringing international literature into classrooms, introducing American writers to other cultures through reading tours, and serving as a clearinghouse for literary news and a wealth of archival and pedagogical materials. Since 1967, more than 1,400 writers from more than 140 countries have been in residence at the UI.

The Department of Dance is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this concert, contact the Department of Dance in advance at 319-335-2228.

For a UI arts calendar and details about upcoming events visit the Arts Iowa website.


Ashley Davidson, International Writing Program, 319-335-2817


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