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Aug. 23, 2011

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago helps bid farewell to Hancher Auditorium with free event Sept. 4

While Hancher the performing arts organization is still a vital part of the state's cultural scene, Hancher Auditorium has seen its last performance. At 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, the entire community is invited to a free, outdoor celebration on the Hancher Green -- located just outside the auditorium on the University of Iowa campus -- featuring Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Earlier that evening at 5 p.m., Taryn Russell, director of Hubbard Street 2, will lead a free movement workshop on the Hancher Green. Everyone is invited to participate.

Hancher Auditorium hosted performances by world-class artists, provided a space for a variety of campus and community events and was the site of many UI student performances from its opening in 1972 until it was closed by flooding in 2008. Since the flood, the organization has continued to present artists in alternate venues. The new Hancher facility, which will be built on higher ground just north of the current location, has an estimated opening date of December 2015.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is a world-renowned company and audience favorite. Hancher has a strong relationship with the company, which includes commissions and world premieres, making it a natural choice for this farewell event. The performance will include a variety of works performed by the company and a piece danced by Hubbard Street 2, as well as a few surprises.

Appropriately, the event falls on the anniversary of the birthday of Virgil Hancher, the UI president (1940-1964) for whom the organization and auditorium are named.

The event is supported by John and Sue Strauss, the Hancher Partners, many Hancher dance supporters, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media support has been provided by Press-Citizen Media. Additional support for this presentation comes from the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Iowa Arts Council, General Mills Foundation, and Land O'Lakes Foundation.

The program includes:

--"Following the Subtle Current Upstream," music by Zakir Hussain and Miguel Frasconi, choreography by Alonzo King.

--"I Can See Myself in Your Pupil," music by Balkan Beat Box, choreography by Andrea Miller, performed by Hubbard Street 2.

--"Walking Mad," music by Maurice Ravel, choreography by Johan Inger.

--"Too Beaucoup," music by Ori Lichtik, choreography by Sharon Eyal and Gaï Behar.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University News Services, 319-384-0037,