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The University of Iowa Department of Dance presents BFA Concert 2019: Rooting Upwards

By April 17, 2019 No Comments

Rooting Upwards. Credit: Jonah Terry

Iowa City, Iowa—The University of Iowa Department of Dance is pleased to present Rooting Upwards, a BFA Concert featuring the work of Kaitlin Craven, Shannon Hartle, Sonja Schulz, and Ariel Seyedin with original compositions by Brendan Hanks and Eben Seaman. The concert will take place April 25, 26, and 27 at 8:00 p.m. in Space Place Theater.

The concert will feature the following works:

Plant the Roots

Choreography by Kaitlin Craven, Shannon Hartle, Sonja Schulz, Ariel Seyedin

Retrieving Louise

Choreography by Ariel Seyedin

A Gradual Flight of Embracement

Ground Choreography by Sonja Schulz

Aerial Choreography by Chloe Jensen, Karen Fisher Doyle

A Distracted Duet

Choreography by Kaitlin Craven

A symbolic duet presents an exploration of how bodies remain one’s home during significant transitional spaces. It recognizes the capacity of bones and fabric to hold memories. Unable to mask anything, the skeleton juxtaposes my dancing with an unmoved neutrality and notable weight. The shifts throughout the piece point to the ways that we might move on or carry certain things with us into the unknown.

the me then and the you now

Choreography by Michael Barry-Que, Abbey Carlos, Shannon Hartle

Diving Upwards

Choreographers by Kaitlin Craven, Shannon Hartle, Sonja Schulz, Ariel Seyedin

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Dance in advance at 319.335.2228.


The Department of Dance is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. The University of Iowa Department of Dance provides an environment conducive to comprehensive training in performance, choreography, and theoretical studies in the framework of a liberal arts education by integrating dance and general studies to establish a foundation for artistic production and intellectual development. The Dance program is based upon the central premise that both art and education are extensions of the total humanistic endeavor, and that by developing creative artists and nurturing the art of dance in higher education, individuals may be empowered to enrich and further the arts in our society in relevant, diverse, and meaningful ways. For more information on our upcoming performances, please visit us online at For more information on the Department of Dance, please visit us online at You can also follow us onTwitter and find us on Facebook.

For more information contact:

Kristan Hellige, Marketing Specialist
The University of Iowa

Division of Performing Arts, Theatre Arts & Dance
93 E. Burlington Street, 1400P VOX
Iowa City, Iowa 52242