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Pilobolus, "Big Five-Oh!" A dancer looks at the camera upside-down, draped over the back of another dancer


Big Five-Oh!

Presented by
ADULTS: $50 / $40 / $30
COLLEGE STUDENTS: $40 / $10 / $10
YOUTH: $40 / $10 / $10
Saturday, February 4, 2023, 7:30 pm

Part of Hancher's Golden Anniversary Season

Pilobolus—that feisty arts organism—is, like Hancher, celebrating 50 years! This remarkable company (and longtime Hancher favorite) secured an iconic place in American culture in the early 1970s and is still wowing audiences with its wit, sensuality, and stunning physicality. Turning its traditions sideway and bringing its past into the future, Pilobolus will perform a mix of signature works from the vintage and visionary to the fresh and electrifying.

Megawatt (2004)
Behind the Shadows (2021)
On The Nature Of Things (2014)
The Ballad (2022)

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. The Stanley Café will have staff members ready to get your order—including beverages you order when you pick up your food—fast! 

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

Preorder food

Peter and Vera Gross
Arnold and Darcy Honick
Karl Kundel and Allison Kundel
Little Village
John R. Menninger
Gregg Oden and Lola Lopes
Robert A. Oppliger
Douglas and Vance Van Daele


RUNNING TIME: 2 hours (includes 1 intermission)

Residency Events

Open to the Public
Friday, February 3, 2023, 3:00 pm


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Two Pilobolus dance members, one going into a back bend, the other balancing their torso on the person going into a back bend
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Thursday, February 2, 2023

Dance, music and theater will take over Iowa City this weekend from a grand performance by the dance company Pilobolus at the Hancher Auditorium to the return of Piano Sundays at the Old Capitol Museum.

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 Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at