CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 21, 2001
Two companies scheduled for Hancher shows have canceled in wake of terrorist
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Travel uncertainties and restrictions have forced two
companies to cancel scheduled performances in the University of Iowa Hancher
Canada's O Vertigo Danse, scheduled for Oct. 19, and the Afro-Cuban All
Stars, scheduled for Halloween night, have canceled their tours.
Juan de Marcos Gonzalez wrote on behalf of the Afro-Cuban All-Stars: "The
Afro-Cuban All Stars extend their heartfelt sympathies to all those touched
by the terrible acts of terrorism that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.
"In the wake of these tragic events, we have decided to cancel our
Fall US Tour for 2001. This was a very difficult choice for us, and we deeply
regret the unfortunate circumstances surrounding this decision. The decision
was a personal one for all the group members and their families, many of whom
are very concerned about their loved ones' well-being and security while touring
in the United States with the possible threat of a protracted conflict in
the coming weeks and months.
"The Afro-Cuban All Stars recognize the importance of a continued cultural
exchange, and the importance of the arts in all communities. We still feel
strongly about sharing our music with audiences in the United States, and
the entire world as well."
The Hancher box office will contact ticketholders with refund information.
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-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. Fax to (319) 353-2284. 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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