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'Forever Tango' steams up the UI Hancher Auditorium stage Oct. 2-4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will present Luis Bravo's "Forever Tango" direct from its headline-grabbing run on Broadway at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

"Forever Tango" features 14 extravagantly costumed dancers, a vocalist and an 11-piece on-stage band, performing both traditional tangos and contemporary variations, exploring the history, forms and moods of Argentina's most famous cultural export.

The tango, Argentina's smoldering dance of power and passion, provokes fascination far beyond the world of dance. It is likely to turn up anywhere, from TV commercial parodies and Olympic ice dancing to Arnold Schwartzenegger's "True Lies." In recent decades the late composer and bandoleon player Astor Piazzolla helped the tango cross over into classical music and jazz.

The tango mystique has helped "Forever Tango" pack houses, and the show's quality has won rave reviews from Europe to Broadway. Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango invents a world where everything can be conveyed with the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot and the torrid arch of an eyebrow. Creator and director Luis Bravo 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."

Telegroup Inc. is the corporate sponsor of "Forever Tango" through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $38, $35 and $33. UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger qualify for a 20-percent discount. Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, 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 the option of 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.

9/11/98