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The weight of skirts: Anna’s costumes in ‘The King and I’

On the day of the Women’s March, Jan. 21, 2017, King and I lead actress Heather Botts was onstage in L.A. playing Anna. When she said the line, “I believe women are just as good as men. just as intelligent, just as important,” Botts remembered, the show stopped. The audiences started cheering, roaring in her ears. She knew then she was apart of something, in a time in history that it was important to be telling the story of The King and I. […]

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Review: Mission Creek opening day events at Hancher

At 6 p.m. on April 4, Joe Tiefenthaler opened Mission Creek 2017’s Hancher component with a short statement about the enduring importance of the arts in terms of building what is essential within human communities. In addition to thanking sponsors, it was a necessary statement (given the current political backdrop in which the arts risk no longer being funded by the government), and a welcome invocation of the need to remind ourselves of the essential ingredient that the arts play in our experience of being human. […]

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Letter to the editor: Response to Hancher — ‘Cash is king’

I was picking up passengers at the Cedar Rapids airport. While I was waiting for their flight to land, I read a copy of your magazine, Little Village. On page six in Letters to the Editor, Steven Vosatka asked why Hancher Auditorium does not accept cash. [Aaron Hill, the Hancher food service supervisor,] offered this response: “Student employees did not have prior cash handling experience and some were struggling with the required training.” […]

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Leslie Odom, Jr. tickets available Monday, Tuesday

If you’re determined to be in the room where it happens, you’ll have to plan ahead. Since demand is expected to be so high for Leslie Odom Jr.’s appearance late this month, the University of Iowa Lecture Committee and Hancher, where Odom will speak, have decided to make it a ticketed event. It is still […]

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Tonight at Hancher: ‘Soil’ is as real as it gets

Soil Strauss Hall, Hancher — Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Hancher hosts a world premiere this week: the multimedia dance theatre production Soil, directed by University of Iowa Assistant Professor of Dance Michael Sakamoto. The final performance is tonight, Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm in Strauss Hall, an intimate space that is making its […]

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Abraham.In.Motion dances human struggles to life at Hancher

Since Dance Magazine named him one of 2009’s “25 to watch,” Kyle Abraham has been making his mark on the dance world. Abraham has received numerous awards, and his recent work includes a pas de deux with former New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, choreography for the film The Book of Henry, and a new […]

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Photo Preview: Abraham.In.Motion explores social issues with dance

Dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham brings his company Abraham.In.Motion to Hancher Auditorium tonight at 7:30. The performance will include three of his recent works including “The Quiet Dance,” “The Gettin’” and “Absent Matter,” which explores the Black Lives Matter movement. These photos were captured at today’s dress rehearsal. Tickets are $25-$35 for adults, $10-$17 for youth and $10-$31 for college […]

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Thank you Lord! ‘Book of Mormon’ tickets go on sale this week from Hancher

At long last, Hancher is back and they’ve unveiled a killer list of events for the 2016-17 season — the highlight for many being the irreverent Broadway musical The Book of Mormon — those tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $50-125 and will be […]

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Interview: Spontaneity and flexibility drive Bobby McFerrin’s passionate curiosity

In 2008, the University of Iowa’s Hancher auditorium closed due to flooding. In the years since, the Hancher team has steadfastly continued to fulfill its vision of “striv[ing] to enrich the life of every Iowan through transformative artistic experiences.” […]

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Photos: Hancher rising

Hancher Auditorium

Photos by Rachel Jessen Iowa City’s original Hancher Auditorium, destroyed in the 2008 flood, is being rebuilt from scratch. The new Hancher will seat 1,800 and is scheduled to host its first show in the Fall of 2016. Little Village recently sent a photographer to document the ongoing project, and shed light on those who’ve […]

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