The University of Iowa
Hancher Illuminated (Photo: Justin Torner)
Justin Torner
Visual Art

Hancher Illuminated

Presented by
Department of Dance
Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The video below is interactive. Hit "play," then click and drag inside the video frame to look around! On mobile, hit the "full screen" button and move your phone around to look around you.

NOTE: This event is past but this page includes post-performance material you may enjoy.

Hancher Auditorium has long been known as “the largest classroom on campus,” and we have been proving that this semester as students and faculty from the UI Department of Dance and School of Music have transformed our performance spaces into inspiring places to learn and teach their craft.

We want to celebrate this collaboration! We asked our friends from Quixotic, the amazing organization that helped us open the auditorium in 2016, to design a magical array of spots outside Hancher where UI student performers could be highlighted. The result is going to be unlike anything we have presented before!

Please note: All attendees must wear face coverings throughout the event and maintain social distance. We are committed to your health—and to offering you an evening of delights!

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Iowa Arts Council logo
National Endowment for the Arts logo


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Iowa Now - Monday, October 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on musicians and performers, as well as members of the community who seek out live music and theater. 

The Gazette - Friday, October 16, 2020

The lights remain dark inside Hancher Auditorium, but for a few hours Thursday night, a visual spectacular exploded around the perimeter, drenching performers and viewers in a psychedelic swirl of light, sound, fog and dance.

KWWL - Thursday, October 15, 2020

Performing arts students at the University of Iowa and a visual arts company gave onlookers a night of light Thursday; when the pandemic has forced so many theaters into darkness.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Hancher in advance at (319) 335-1158.