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July 24, 2007

IPTV Follows Hancher/Joffrey 'River To River' Tour On July 27 'Assignment Iowa'

Iowa Public Television accompanied the Joffrey Ballet on its recent "River to River" tour, organized to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The resulting "Assignment Iowa" documentary will be aired beginning July 27.

The program will be broadcast on IPTV and IPTV digital at the following times:

--6:30 p.m. Fri, July 27;

--8 p.m. Tue, July 31; and

--6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.

Several performance and interview video clips from the tour are also accessible on the IPTV website at

The tour was also documented by company photographer Sasha Fornari on the Joffrey Ballet blog at UI slide shows from Des Moines, Council Bluffs and Muscatine are also accessible at Additional coverage and documentation is linked from the Hancher website at

More than 30,000 people participated in movement workshops and attended performances in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Muscatine, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City during the June 30 - July 7 tour, which was billed as "Hancher's 35th Anniversary Gift to Iowa."

The performance program at each site featured two works that represent the fruitful three-decade relationship between Hancher Auditorium and the Joffrey Ballet. Laura Dean's "Sometimes It Snows in April" was a section of the Joffrey/Prince collaboration "Billboards," which was co-produced by Hancher, where the world premiere performances were staged in 1993.

Robert Joffrey's acclaimed production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," now a mainstay of the company's performance seasons, was premiered in Hancher Auditorium in 1987 and was represented in the "River to River" tour with the "Sugar Plum Pas de Deux."

Major funding support for the Joffrey "River to River" tour came from the Iowa West Foundation; John and Sue Strauss from Iowa City; the Des Moines Register; HNI Charitable Foundation in Muscatine; W.A. and Nancy S. Krause of West Des Moines; Fresh Food Concepts of Iowa City; Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids; CRST International Inc. in Cedar Rapids; the Gazette Foundation of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City; Great America Leasing Corporation of Cedar Rapids; Arts Midwest; the Iowa Arts Council; and the National Endowment for the Arts. Many other businesses, foundations and individuals have contributed to the project, and were listed in an honor roll distributed at the events.

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