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Just announced: 2016–17 season at the new Hancher

Step Afrika! will present a commissioned piece on Hancher's 2016-17 season.

It’s official: The new Hancher is a phenomenal space. With a facility so impressive, all that was left to do was fill it with performers of equal caliber — and with the announcement of their upcoming 2016–17 season today, the Hancher programming team (including executive director Chuck Swanson and programming director Jacob Yarrow) have done […]

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Hancher and Joffrey Ballet announce collaboration for new ‘Nutcracker’ set in World’s Fair Chicago

In 1987, Robert Joffrey’s Chicago-based ballet company held the world premier of their production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at The University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium. At a press conference held Tuesday on stage at the nearly completed Hancher Auditorium — nearly eight years after the original facility was destroyed by historic floods — Hancher Executive […]

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Taylor Mac to perform at E.C. Mabie Theatre

Taylor Mac E.C. Mabie Theatre (200 N. Riverside Dr.) — Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Theater artist Taylor Mac — whose preferred pronoun is “judy” — has performed numerous works at famous theaters like the Sydney Opera House and New York City’s Lincoln Center. This Saturday, Dec. 5, Hancher will bring Mac to perform […]

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Celebrate Hancher’s opening at ‘Drawing Closer’

Hancher Auditorium

In anticipation of a new grand opening in 2016, Hancher Auditorium will begin its 2015 campaign with a free event packed with art, food, games and more this Saturday, August 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Drawing Closer: Celebrating Hancher’s Upcoming Opening”, is a family festival that will feature professional chalk artists, a STEAM workshop […]

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Watch the full Hancher site ceremony and performance

San Jose Taiko at the new Hancher Site

Earlier this month, the University of Iowa quietly uploaded the Hancher construction site ceremony to its official Youtube account. You can watch the entire ceremony below, which begins with a drum procession by Asian American drum troupe San Jose Taiko as they march from Hancher’s old location (a casualty of the 2008 floods) to its […]

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