The University of Iowa

INTRODUCTION
BY JEAN FLORMAN

The notion of commissioning work was hardly new when the Joffrey Ballet accepted the first Hancher commission in 1984. After all, for thousands of years, patrons around the world have financially supported the creation of music, paintings, sculpture, plays—even love sonnets. But Hancher’s first commission was an invigorating sea change for the University of Iowa’s performing arts venue. It heralded a new creative future for Hancher. In addition to serving as a presenter of the performing arts, Hancher now would become a creative force.

Hancher Auditorium and the University of Iowa have commissioned or co-commissioned 40 dance pieces, 53 music compositions, and 25 theatrical works, for a total of 118 commissioned works. Listed below are the commissioned artists, the commissioned works, and the dates the works were or will be performed at Hancher Auditorium. A catalog of the artists, works, and dates is also published with indexes. A PDF of the catalog may be opened at the following link.

 

HANCHER - COMMISSIONED ARTISTS, COMMISSIONED WORKS

James Kudelka, for the Joffrey Ballet
The Heart of the Matter
1986 | February 25  •  World premiere

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Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, for the Joffrey Ballet
The Nutcracker
1987 | December 10–12  •  World premiere
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Laura Dean, for Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians
Equator
1988 | March 4  •  American premiere
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David Gordon, for Pick Up Company
United States
1989 | February 11
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Alessandro Moruzzi, for the Kronos Quartet
concept/visual design for Assembly Required
1989 | April 2
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Paul Dresher Ensemble
Power Failure

1989 | October 27–28
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David Parsons, for the Parsons Dance Company
Incandescence (a.k.a. Simply So)
1990 | January 19–20  •  World premiere
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Larry Neff, for the Kronos Quartet
visual design for Salome Dances for Peace, by Terry Riley
1990 | April 6  •  World premiere
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Larry Neff, for the Kronos Quartet
visual design for Black Angels, by George Crumb
1990 | April 7  •  World premiere
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Alexander Goehr, for the Arditti String Quartet
Quartet No. 4
1990 | October 8  •  World premiere
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Nina Wiener, for the Nina Wiener Dance Company
Harmonic Landscapes
1990 | October 12–13
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Meredith Monk
Atlas
(1991)

Dumi Maraire, for the Kronos Quartet
Mai Nozipo
1991 | January 26  •  World premiere
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Christian Marclay and the Kronos Quartet
New Work

1991 | January 26  •  World premiere
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Bill T. Jones and Julius Hemphill, for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Julius Hemphill Sextet
Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land
1991 | February 2
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Paul Dresher Ensemble
Pioneer

1991 | February 8–9
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Libby Larsen, for the Cleveland Quartet
Quartet: Schoenberg, Schenker Schillinger
1991 | May 1  •  World premiere
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Wim Vandekeybus, for Ultima Vez
Always the Same Lies
1991 | October 16

Rinde Eckert
The Gardening of Thomas D.

1992 | January 22–25  •  World premiere

Jimmy Gamonet De Los Heros, for the Miami City Ballet
Danzalta
1992 | April 28

Scott Johnson, for the Kronos Quartet
How It Happens (says I. F. Stone)
1992 | November 5  •  World premiere

Laura Dean, Charles Moulton, Margo Sappington, Peter Pucci, and Prince, for the Joffrey Ballet
Billboards
1993 | January 27–31  •  World premiere

Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Rejoyce—A Pilobolus Finnegans Wake

1993 | February 27  •  World premiere

Trimpin
D.R.A.M.A. ohno

1993 | September 14–15

David Parsons, for the Parsons Dance Company
Ring Around the Rosie
1993 | October 1  •  World premiere

Bebe Miller, for Bebe Miller Company
Nothing Can Happen Only Once
1994 | February 26

Joan Tower, for the Muir String Quartet
Night Fields
1994 | March 1  •  World premiere

Michelle DiBucci, for the Kronos Quartet
arrangement of Raymond Scott's Powerhouse
1994 | March 14

Randall Woolf, for the Kronos Quartet
arrangement of Raymond Scott's Twilight in Turkey
1994 | March 14

John Oswald, for the Kronos Quartet
Mach
1994 | March 14

Bright Sheng, for the Takács Quartet
String Quartet No. 3
1994 | April 4

Bill T. Jones, for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Still/Here
1994 | September 30–October 1  •  American premiere

David Parsons, for the Parsons Dance Company
Touched by Time (1994)

Minoru Miki, for Pro Musica Nipponia
Lotus Poem
1994 | October 17  •  World premiere

Rinde Eckert
The Idiot Variations

1995 | January 19–20  •  World premiere

Susan Marshall, for Susan Marshall & Company
Fields of View
1995 | February 10

Brent Michael Davids, for the Kronos Quartet
Tunpao Nenangpe (Turtle People)
1995 | April 8

Ben Johnston, for the Kronos Quartet
arrangement of Harry Partch's Barstow: Eight Hitchhikers' Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California
1995 | April 8

Meredith Monk
Volcano Songs

1995 | May 2–3

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, for Urban Bush Women
Bones and Ash: A Gilda Story
1995 | September 15  •  World premiere

Marc Neikrug, for the Tokyo String Quartet with Pinchas Zukerman
String Quintet
1995 | October 13  •  World premiere

John Corigliano, for the Cleveland Quartet
String Quartet
1995 | October 30

P.Q. Phan, for the Kronos Quartet with Nguyen Thuyet Phong
Hoi uc cua ke lac loi (Memoirs of A Lost Soul)
1996 | February 10  •  World premiere

Tan Dun, for the Kronos Quartet with Wu Man
Ghost Opera
1996 | February 10

Diamanda Galás
Schrei X

1996 | March 27–28

Mark Morris, for the Mark Morris Dance Group with the Handel & Haydn Society conducted by Christopher Hogwood
Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice
1996 | April 8–9  •  World premiere

Ben Johnston, for the Kronos Quartet
arrangement of Harry Partch's Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
1998 | January 24

Robert Lepage, for Ex Machina
Geometry of Miracles
1999 | September 9–11  •  American premiere

Traveling Music, for the Kronos Quartet
     Osvaldo Golijov, arrangement of Anibal Troilo’s Responso
     Aleksandra Vrebalov, “Panonia Boundless
     Alicia Svigals, “Kale Baveynen II
     Hyo-Shin Na, “Kahk-seo-ree-ta-ryeung” (Song of the Beggars)
     Kayhan Kalhor, “Gallop of a Thousand Horses
1999 | September 15  •  World premiere

Twyla Tharp, for Twyla Tharp Dance
Diabelli
1999 | September 17–18  •  American premiere

Ushio Amagatsu, for Sankai Juku
Hibiki (Resonance from Far Away)
1999 | October 1–2  •  American premiere

Susan Marshall, for Susan Marshall & Company
The Descent Beckons
1999 | October 8  •  World premiere

Paul Taylor, for the Paul Taylor Dance Company
Arabesque
1999 | October 15–16  •  World premiere

Bill T. Jones
The Breathing Show

1999 | October 23  •  World premiere

Lar Lubovitch, for American Ballet Theatre
Meadow
1999 | November 2–3

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
C-sharp Street – B-flat Avenue
1999 | November 19–20  •  World premiere

Paul Schoenfield, for the Ahn Trio
Four Music Videos
2000 | January 27  •  World premiere

Bill T. Jones, for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
You Walk?
2000 | March 24–25  •  World premiere


Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, for Bang on a Can All-Stars with the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Haircut
2000 | April 8  •  World premiere

Brett Dean, for Bang on a Can All-Stars with the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Game Over
2000 | April 8  •  World premiere

Steve Martland, for Bang on a Can All-Stars with the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Hard Times
2000 | April 8  •  World premiere

Richard Danielpour, for the Kalichstein–Laredo–Robinson Trio
A Child’s Reliquary
2000 | April 13  •  World premiere

Michael Daugherty, for Ethos Percussion Group
Used Car Salesman
2000 | April 18  •  World premiere

Gabriela Ortiz, for Dawn Upshaw and the Kronos Quartet
Baalkah
2000 | May 3  •  World premiere

Pilobolus Dance Theatre, with Leonard Eto
Tsu-Ku-Tsu
2000 | September 29–October 1

Bill T. Jones, for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Evenings of dances and chamber music
2002 | January 25–26  •  World premiere

Kronos Quartet
Nuevo

2002 | March 2  •  World premiere

Terry Riley, for the Kronos Quartet, with Kantorei and University Choir
Sun Rings
2002 | October 26  •  World premiere

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, for Urban Bush Women, in collaboration with the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique
Shadow’s Child
2003 | January 24

Lera Auerbach, for David Finckel and Wu Han
Sonata No. 1 for violoncello and piano
2003 | February 19  •  World premiere


Bill T. Jones, for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Reading, Mercy and the Artificial Nigger
2003 | October 11  •  World premiere

Lin Hwai-min, for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Cursive
2003 | November 12

Paul Taylor, for the Paul Taylor Dance Company
Dante Variations
2004 | April 16–17

Lucas Crandall, for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Gimme
2004 | October 9

Augusta Read Thomas, for Chanticleer
Purple Syllables
Commissioned by the Music Accord consortium, of which Hancher is a member.
2006 | September 28

Lukas Foss, for the Guarneri Quartet
String Quartet No. 5
Commissioned by the Music Accord consortium, of which Hancher is a member.
2007 | April 10

David Del Tredici, for the Orion String Quartet and David Krakauer
Magyar Madness
Commissioned by the Music Accord consortium, of which Hancher is a member.
2007 | October 9

Brian Enos, for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
B-Sides (12” Mix)
2007 | October 12

Stefon Harris, for the Imani Winds
The Anatomy of a Box: a sonic painting in wood, metal and wind
Commissioned by the Music Accord consortium, of which Hancher is a member.
2009 | September 25

Rinde Eckert, with students from the University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts
Eye Piece
2010 | February 5–14  •  World premiere

Tomáš Kubínek, with Orchestra Iowa and with Omaha Symphony
Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony
2010 | November 5, 6, 7, 13, & 20  •  World premiere

Clébio Oliveira, for Hubbard Street 2
The Fantastic Escape of the Little Buffalo
2011 | September 22–23  •  World premiere

Dave Pietro
New Road:  Iowa Memoirs

2012 | April 5  •  World premiere

Sean Christopher Lewis, for Working Group Theatre
Mayberry
2012 | April 26–29  •  World premiere

Stew & The Negro Problem
Songs about Iowa City

2012 | September 27  •  World premiere

David Lang, for Anonymous 4
love fail
2012 | October 11

Mervyn Warren and Jeff Marx, for it gets better presented by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
You Have More Friends Than You Know
2012 | October 19

Aaron Jay Kernis, for eighth blackbird
Pieces of Winter Sky
Commissioned by the Music Accord consortium, of which Hancher is a member.
2013 | February 6

Jennifer Fawcett, for Working Group Theatre
The Broken Chord
2013 | April 12–14  •  World premiere

Rinde Eckert and San Jose Taiko
Hancher Site Ceremony
2013 | June 29

Jennifer Fawcett, for Working Group Theatre
Out of Bounds (for children)
2013 | November 18–20  •  World premiere

Jennifer Fawcett, for Working Group Theatre
Out of Bounds (for general audiences)
2014 | May 1–4  •  World premiere
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Mary Kouyoumdjian, for the Kronos Quartet
Bombs of Beirut
Co-commissioned through Kronos Performing Arts Association’s Under 30 Project.
2015 | February 7
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Shulamit Ran, for the Pacifica Quartet
Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory
Commissioned by the Music Accord consortium, of which Hancher is a member.
2015 | March 6
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Sean Christopher Lewis, for Working Group Theatre, featuring Awful Purdies
All Recipes Are Home
2015 | April 17–18  •  World premiere
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Taylor Mac
“1846–1856, Whitman vs. Foster:  Songs Popular Near the Breaking Point,” from A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
2015 | December 5
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Step Afrika!
The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence

2016 | October 20
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David Lang, for Maya Beiser
the day
2016 | October 27
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Tomáš Kubínek, with Orchestra Iowa, University of Iowa Choirs, and Wycliffe Gordon
Pomp, Brass, and Lunacy!
2016 | November 5  •  World premiere
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Christopher Wheeldon, for the Joffrey Ballet
The Nutcracker
2016 | December 1–4  •  Preview performances
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Samuel Carl Adams, for Emanuel Ax
Impromptus (2016)
Commissioned by the Music Accord consortium, of which Hancher is a member.

Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, for A Far Cry and Luciana Souza
The Blue Hour
2017 | November 16
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Camille A. Brown, for Camille A. Brown & Dancers
ink
2018 | January 27
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Cirque Éloize
Hotel

2018 | October 5
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Third Coast Percussion
Go Hawks!

2020 | April 27  •  Virtual premiere

Step Afrika!
“Stono,” from Drumfolk

2020 | September 9  •  Virtual premiere on Facebook and YouTube

Third Coast Percussion
Three videos for Hancher Youth & Family Talent Show

2020 | September 10 & 18; October 1  •  Virtual premieres

Paola Prestini, for Anthony de Mare
“Always,” after Stephen Sondheim’s “I Wish I Could Forget You,” from Passion

Step Afrika!
Drumfolk

2021 | September 11  •  World premiere
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Michael Abels and Nikky Finney, for the Kronos Quartet
At War With Ourselves – 400 Years of You
2022 | April 30

Tomáš Kubínek, Curator, Artistic Director, Performer, and Master of Ceremonies
The Big Splash!
2022 | August 26–28

Victor Quijada, for RUBBERBAND and The Big Splash!
River Thread
2022 | August 26–28

Machine Dazzle, for The Big Splash!
Host
2022 | August 26–28

Quixotic, for The Big Splash!
The Float Parade
2022 | August 26–28