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Aug. 30, 2007

Hancher opens UI academic year schedule Sept. 20 with Tango Buenos Aires

The 2007-08 academic-year schedule of the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will open with Tango Buenos Aires' "The Four Seasons" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. All ticket holders will be invited to sample an array of desserts in the Hancher lobby following the performance -- included in the ticket price.

In "The Four Seasons," Tango Buenos Aires uses a live band, alluring costumes and virtuoso dancers to trace the development of the tango tradition from the streets of Argentina to concert stages around the world through the experiences of a talented couple.

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina's great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango.

Tango Buenos Aires was created for the "Jazmines" festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret "Michelangelo" by composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena. The company met with tremendous success and was immediately added to the season of the General San Martin Municipal Theatre and soon toured throughout the country.

International tours in the 1980s and 1990s took the company to the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Germany, Spain, Equador, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Denmark, Chile, Japan and China. In Beijing, the company hosted a series of unprecedented master classes and residencies with Chinese dancers at the Dance University of Beijing, teaching the origin and evolution of the tango to further international understanding and cooperation.

In June 1999, Pablo Mainetti, the world's greatest bandoneon player, joined the orchestra. The company returned to North America in winter 2003, and played to rave reviews and full houses.

Tango Buenos Aires is supported by Drs. Lisa and Amir Arbisser, Eye Surgeons Associates, PC; Iowa Memorial Union Catering; and William H. and Bertha S. Olin, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for "The Four Seasons" are $48/43/41; UI student $43.20/15; senior citizen $43.20/38.70/36.90; youth $33.60/30.10/28.70. Discounted tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15 percent discount.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered online 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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 the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Diane Daubert, company manager, 717-371-0139, Diane.Daubert@gmail.comWinston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,

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