Embracing Complexity

 

Join us as Hancher explores and celebrates Islamic art and Muslim artists

Hancher has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity program. APAP sought projects designed to build knowledge and appreciation for arts and culture with roots in Muslim-majority societies.

Hancher’s project, Embracing Complexity, will take a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to building understanding of contemporary Islamic cultures and Muslim identity. Artists will be in residence at various times over the course of two years and will work with partners both on and off the University of Iowa campus on a broad range of activities including performances, classes, exhibits, discussions, and lectures. The project will also document and explore the experiences of Muslims in Eastern Iowa through sharing of local stories and oral histories. Embracing Complexity is in keeping with the University of Iowa’s committment to diversity.

Our goal is to build textured knowledge of Islamic cultures, while creating a greater sense of empathy for the experiences of peoples of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. We believe this is an urgent program at this moment.
 

Niyaz, The Fourth Light Project
MUSIC

Niyaz, The Fourth Light Project
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7:30 pm
The Auditorium, Hadley Stage

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G. Willow Wilson
LECTURE

G. Willow Wilson, A Superhero for Generation Why
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00 pm
The Auditorium, Hadley Stage

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Free
Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound
MUSIC

Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Auditorium, Hadley Stage

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Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic
THEATER | STORYTELLING

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Auditorium, Hadley Stage

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Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors
MUSIC

Zeshan Bagewadi and the Transistors

Friday, May 25, 2018, 6:30 pm
Downtown Iowa City

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2:00 pm
Strauss Green

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Free
       

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals – Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Image: Iranian glazed ceramic tile work, from the ceiling of the Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, Iran. Province of Fars. (Credit: Pentocelo)