Urbandale Public Library/The Arts UP Close Program - 2020

The Library is pleased to announce the selection of Hurley & Dancers and the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild as The Arts UP Close program resident artists for 2020.  The Hurley & Dancers residency will take place from April 1 – 30 and the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild residency will take place from September 1 – 30.

Each organization will lead presentations and workshops for all ages.

Hurley & Dancers

Founded in 2001, Hurley & Dancers/Tandem Theatre and Dance is a professional modern dance company based in Des Moines that presents public performances and dance educational outreach. Comprised of nine professional dancers and educators from Central Iowa, the company brings together instructors from area universities, colleges and studios who are actively performing and choreographing in their field. The company has enjoyed performances across the Midwest and Canada.

Directed by Kathleen Hurley and Benjamin Rethmeier, classes in the Arts Up Close program will focus on Contemporary Creative Movement in which participants of all ages will get a chance to move freely and expressively both individually and in a group. Visit tandemtheatreanddance.org.

Program Schedule

All events will take place at the Urbandale Public Library.  Registration will be required for some programs – registrations will open closer to the event date. 

April 4, 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Hurley & Dancers Performance at the Library Hurley & Dancers presents “Eighteen Feet and Beyond”, a layered performance of textured repertoire featuring nine professional dancers with choreography by Kathleen Hurley and Benjamin Rethmeier.  All ages.

April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Adult Contemporary Creative Movement

Contemporary Creative Movement is an expressive dance form that is accessible to any age and ability level. Dancers begin with pedestrian movements such as walking, sitting or gesturing and build in elements of focus and movement patterns. This dance form looks at the body as a moving sculpture interacting with elements in the space – whether other people, furniture, walls, outdoor pathways, etc. Creative movement can use music, poetry, sounds of nature, or silence to create an inspiring and inclusive landscape. Dancers will find personal connections not just to new ways of moving their own bodies, but how they can non-verbally connect with others in creative and meaningful ways. Open to movers of all ability levels including those in wheelchairs; no prior dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance in socks or barefoot.

Adults ages 18+.   Click here to register.

April 10, 10:00 -10:45 a.m.  Junior Dancers/Hurley & Dancers Children’s Workshop

Hurley & Dancers/Tandem Theatre and Dance presents “Twirl into a Tale,” an interactive children’s dance theatre workshop targeted for children ages 3-7.  Children are taught dances needed to plug them into a short performance in which they become characters in a play/musical.  This year’s presentation is “The Unicorn and the Moon” based on the book by Tomi dePaola and is accessible to all genders and ability levels (including those in wheelchairs). Children should wear clothing that is comfortable to move in and expect to dance in socks or bare feet.

Ages 3 – 7.  Click here to register.

April 18, 2:00  – 5:00 p.m.  Teen Dance and Design

Benjamin Rethmeier, a contemporary movement instructor and performer, invites teens to explore design elements through movement and visual art. Using improvisation to find a person’s authentic movement style, dancers can explore the expressive use of their own bodies and how they connect non-verbally to others. Elements of painting in non-traditional ways (using dancing feet, body rolling, etc.) will encourage participants to explore exuberant expressions of self.

Ages 10 – 17.  Click here to register.

Please continue to check the Library’s events calendar for updated information about these events and more this spring. 

About The Arts UP Close Program

The Arts UP Close (formerly ArtUP Close) celebrates local talent and encourages the community to experience the arts through engaging opportunities. The program sponsors local artists who conduct presentations and hands-on workshops at the library and in the community. The goal of the program is to develop and sustain the public’s awareness and interest in the arts, cultivating a true appreciation for all forms of human expression. Now in its 3rd year, the program offers two, one-month paid sponsorships to visual, literary, performing, and mixed media artists.