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Feb. 13, 2009

Barjche 2009 portrays seasonal theme

by Paula Van Brocklin

"The Four Seasons" is the theme of Barjche (pronounced "Bar-SHAY") 2009, Iowa State's annual contemporary dance production first performed in 1946. This year's show features the 22 students in ISU's Orchesis I dance company. Barjche will be staged Feb. 13-15 at Fisher Theater.

Set to the music of Vivaldi, Dvorak and original compositions by Iowa composer Kim Fitch, the production's theme is portrayed seasonally, beginning with summer and continuing through fall, winter, spring and concluding with summer. Costumes and a water motif further reflect the seasonal theme.

ISU students, faculty and guest choreographer Eric Yow, Orlando, Fla., choreographed each piece of the production.

"The choreography reflects on the types of relationships in the different seasons," said Taryn Packheiser, Barjche artistic director and Orchesis I adviser. "The duet that takes place in fall ruminates on courting, whereas the duet in spring captures images and tones of a married couple."

Packheiser said Barjche offers broad appeal.

"This year's show is highly accessible for those new to concert dance," she said. "It is a synthesis of high art and commercial entertainment."

Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday's show is a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $12 ($10 for students).


Barjche 2009

Feb. 13-15
Fisher Theater
Tickets: $10-$12