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Opus, features fourteen acrobats creating powerful and nuanced geometries with their bodies. The performers are joined on stage by the Debussy String Quartet, and the musicians’ contributions are far more than simply playing the music.


Carnival of the Animals, inspired by composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s suite of the same name, is a delightful frolic through the animal kingdom.

DakhaBrakha – CANCELLED

The band’s name means “give-take.” The band’s members call the mix of influences “ethno-chaos.” The band’s voice is singular. Built on a base of Ukrainian folk music, the sound of DakhaBraka is equal parts old and new—a punk take on established traditions stirred together with a world of grooves.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

Mission Creek Festival

Building on a successful collaboration in 2017, Hancher will again team up with the Mission Creek Festival to present energizing and eclectic artists in 2018. The full festival lineup—including artists performing at Hancher Auditorium—will be announced in the fall and spring.

Brian Stokes Mitchell

“The last leading man” comes to Hancher Auditorium to perform with University of Iowa student musicians under the baton of Dr. William LaRue Jones. Brian Stokes Mitchell and his trio will join the UI Symphony Orchestra, which will provide a lush setting for Stokes’s luscious voice.

My Lai

Hancher has enjoyed a long and creatively fruitful relationship with both the Kronos Quartet and Rinde Eckert. For My Lai, the string quartet and the vocalist come together with multi-instrumentalist Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ to lay bare the tragedy of the 1968 massacre at My Lai.

Elias String Quartet

There are plenty of top tier string quartets in the world. Even so, the Elias String Quartet stands out among its peers. As the Philadelphia Enquirer put it, “Few quartets at any stage of their evolution have this much personality.”

Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more.