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Jan. 18, 2008

Film of Joffrey 'River to River' tour will be screened Jan. 27 in Hancher

A film documenting the Joffrey Ballet's "River to River" tour, the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium's 35th-anniversary gift to Iowa, will be premiered in a free event at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Hancher.

Free tickets will be required for the event, which will begin with a reception in the Hancher lobby. The tickets are available by phone or in person at the Hancher box office, which re-opens after the holidays on Jan. 22.

The film follows the Joffrey Ballet on its June 27 through July 7, 2007, tour to Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Muscatine, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

The film was produced by the UI Center for Media Production by executive producer Daniel G. Lind, director/editor Kevin Kelley, videographer Brian Gilbert, audio mixer Rod Mickle, still photographer Linda Edge-Dunlap and production assistant Nate Davis.

The program at each site featured two works that represented 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."

Each performance also included a preview of "Allegro con Sabor," with choreography by Ballet Hispanico member Pedro Ruiz and music by pianist Eric Lewis, which was given its official world premiere in the fall.

The two other works on the program were classics of recent American dance -- Pilobolus Dance Theatre's comic "Untitled" and the exotic "Light Rain," choreographed by Joffrey Ballet co-founder and Artistic Director Gerald Arpino.

Major funding support for the Joffrey "River to River" tour came from the Iowa West Foundation; John and Sue Strauss of 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 also contributed to the project.

The Jan. 27 reception is sponsored by John and Sue Strauss and Hancher Auditorium.

When the Hancher Auditorium box office reopens on Jan. 22, business hours will be 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.

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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: Chuck Swanson, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-1133,; Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013;