The University of Iowa

Thanks to the generous support of our 2021/2022 Partners, Hancher Auditorium is pleased to offer several virtual programs to home learners and students from area schools. We hope you’ll join us!

Reservations can be made by clicking the request access button. Videos are prerecorded and will be accessible anytime on the dates of availability. These programs are authorized only for educational use and available exclusively to schools and home learners. To learn about Hancher’s spring offerings for general audiences, please visit here.

Step Afrika!
Five Days with Step Afrika!

Availability: March 28–April 15, 2022
Run time: Five videos, 1020 minutes each
Additional Materials: Resource Guide

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Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping—a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an instrument. The company is featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive exhibit. Based on their award-winning arts education programs and more than 25 years of performing and teaching students, Step Afrika! has created this five-part experience to introduce students to the history and tradition of stepping.

Cuentos: Tales from the Latinx World
David Gonzales

Availability: October 11–22, 2021
Runtime: One 52-minute video, divided into three “chapters”
Additional Materials: Chapter Guide with Discussion Questions

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Master storyteller David Gonzalez’s Cuentos paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and the Bronx! From the silly antics of the Puerto Rican anti-hero "Juan Bobo" to the mysterious dealings and powers of the Orishas in a suite of Afro-Cuban stories, these tales are filled with memorable characters and positive messages for children. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning. This performance is great introduction to the marvelous world of Latino literature and culture!