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Nov. 20, 2008

At A Glance

IPTV will rebroadcast Joffrey/Hancher 'River to River' show Nov. 28 and Dec. 15

IPTV will rebroadcast its "Assignment Iowa" program about the 2007 Joffrey Ballet "River to River" tour, organized by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15.

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

The performance program at each site featured works that represent the fruitful three-decade relationship between Hancher and the Joffrey. 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."

The "Assignment Iowa" program features not only segments of the performances but also interviews the representatives of the Joffrey, Hancher and community organizations that were involved in the communities visited by the tour.

African American Studies presents New Orleans symposium Dec. 1

Three UI faculty members will speak on aspects of New Orleans from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in Room 704 of the Jefferson Building. Their talks focus on jazz funerals, desegregation and theater in New Orleans.

"The New Orleans Symposium" is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UI African American Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

To kick off the event, Tisch Jones, associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and the African American Studies Program, will discuss "Theatrical Activities of Free People of Color in Ante-Bellum New Orleans."

Then Frank Durham, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will speak on "Inescapable Reality: Professionalism, Objectivity, and the Press in the New Orleans Desegregation Crisis of 1960-61."

Finally, Richard Turner, associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the African American Studies Program, will present "A Jazz Funeral for 'A City That Care Forgot': The New Orleans Diaspora After Hurricane Katrina."

For more information call 319-335-0285.

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