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June 12, 2008

Rubberbandance June 14 performance has been moved to Carver-Hawkeye Arena

In response to the flooding of the Iowa River on the University of Iowa campus, the Hancher Auditorium-sponsored performance by Rubberbandance Group at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, has been moved to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The event will still include a family picnic beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Free parking will be available in UI lots 40 and 33.

"We are extremely grateful for the generous cooperation we have received from the UI Department of Athletics," said Hancher Executive Director Chuck Swanson. "Rubberbandance is so wonderful -- as we have discovered in our experiences with the group in Spencer, Perry and Marshalltown -- that we wanted to make every effort to avoid canceling the event, so that Iowa City audiences could also experience the final installment of our four-year Spot project."

The Iowa City performance follows residency activities and performances in Spencer, Perry, Marshalltown and Iowa City/Coralville that began May 29. Complete information, including parent materials in both English and Spanish, as well as the rest of the Iowa City schedule, is available at The interactive Spot site also includes a variety of activities for children in conjunction with the residencies, and children can sign up to be "Spot Kids."

Rubberbandance Group is taking the dance world by storm with its fusion of the explosive physicality of break dance and hip-hop with the elegance and nuance of contemporary ballet. The Montreal-based company was founded by Victor Quijada, who was first exposed to dance in the hip-hop clubs of Los Angeles, where his flexibility and elastic style earned him the nickname "Rubberband."

After discovering the wider world of dance he became a member of Twyla Tharp's company, and then Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. All of that diverse history comes together in his Rubberbandance Group, where headspins and flares meet jetes and arabesques in a unique hybrid style.

Tickets are still available from the Hancher box office, which has relocated to the Lindquist Center. Tickets also may be ordered online at

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.

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