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Local audiences can preview Hancher-bound 'Forever Tango' on IPTV Aug. 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Local audiences will be able to preview one of the events from Hancher Auditorium's 1998-99 season when the Aug. 3 Iowa Public Television (IPTV) broadcast of "An Evening at Pops" features selections from Luis Bravo's "Forever Tango."

"Forever Tango" ­ a full evening of the passionate and powerful dance from Argentina -- will be part of the Hancher fall lineup, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Oct. 2 and 3, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

The broadcast will air at 8 p.m. on IPTV broadcast outlets around the state. In Iowa City IPTV is seen on KIIN, broadcast on channel 12 and available on channel 13 through TCI cable TV. Other cable carriers may carry IPTV on other channels.

Dancers and music from "Forever Tango" will be featured on the program, which will be hosted by Leslie Caron.

"Forever Tango" features a cast of 14 costumed dancers, a vocalist and an 11-piece on-stage orchestra. Luis Bravo, the creator and director of "Forever Tango," says: "The tango is a feeling that you dance, a story you tell in three minutes. It's passionate, it's melancholic. It's tender, violent. More than just a dance, the tango is a music, a drama, a culture, a way of life."

In the New York Daily News Howard Kissell urged, "Put Argentina's 'Forever Tango' on your dance card! Stunningly costumed and lit, 'Forever Tango' is an evening of sheer pleasure."

Tickets for the Hancher performance of "Forever Tango" are $38, $35 and $33 (UI student, seniors and youth, $30.40, $28 and $26.40), and are available at the Hancher box office. Summer box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. The box office will be closed Aug. 1-23. When the box office re-opens on Monday, Aug. 24, it will resume its regular academic-year business hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

While the box office is closed, the auditorium will continue to accept mail orders for 1998-99 events. The Hancher season brochure will be available by calling the Hancher administrative offices at (319) 335-1130. Additional information about the Hancher season is available at the auditorium's site on the World Wide Web: <>.

To contact the box office, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

The Hancher performances of "Forever Tango" are supported by Telegroup, Inc.