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June 1, 2010

Hancher's 'uncontainable' 2010-2011 season features array of artists, venues

The University of Iowa's Hancher continues its commitment to connecting great artists with great audiences both locally and around the state with the announcement of the organization's 2010-2011 season. Tickets for the entire season are now on sale via an order form that is available on the Hancher website (

The "Can't Contain Us!" spirit once again infuses the season as Hancher will present world-class artists in venues throughout the community and the state.

Hancher has long been one of the nation's premier dance presenters. In keeping with that tradition, the new season features three dance events.

First, Ballet West II (photo, left) will come to Iowa in September for an extended stay featuring free outdoor performances in Iowa City, Fairfield, Kalona, and Muscatine. Each performance will also feature dancers from the UI Dance Department. In addition, dancers from Ballet West II will interact with school children in each community they visit. The project harkens back to Hancher residencies in the 1980s featuring the Joffrey Ballet II; Ballet West's artistic director, Adam Sklute, participated in the Joffrey II residencies as a dancer.

The Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company will spice traditional folk dance with a contemporary sensibility when the troupe performs at the Englert Theatre in October.

In February, "The Legacy Tour" of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company comes to Iowa City. Prior to his death in 2009, modern dance titan Cunningham stipulated that following his death his renowned company would tour a final time before disbanding. Hancher's presentation of the company will take place in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union, a location consistent with the company's well-known penchant for dancing in untraditional spaces.

For theatre lovers, the season includes the classic Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof," as well as "Ameriville," a play written and performed by the members of Universes. "Fiddler on the Roof" will be presented at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids in December. "Ameriville," a play built around the devastation of Hurricane Katrina but truly examining the whole of contemporary America, will be presented in Mabie Theatre in the UI Theatre Building in April. Also, the members of Circa will perform "61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes" in May as this season's artists for the annual project known as Spot-The Hancher Family Arts Adventure.

The season is filled with a wide array of musicians and musical styles, including funk and blues (Papa Grows Funk, photo, left, and Taj Mahal & the Trio), classical (violinist Robert McDuffie with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the trio of David Finckel, Wu Han, and Philip Setzer, and the Miró Quartet), jazz (the Kenny Barron Trio with David Sánchez, and Esperanza Spalding), a cappella (Ladysmith Black Mambazo, photo, lower left, Take 6, and Calmus), Celtic (Leahy Family Christmas and Danú), and American string band music (Carolina Chocolate Drops).

Meanwhile, November will feature the world premiere of a collaborative effort by Hancher, "certified lunatic and master of the impossible" Tomás Kubínek (photo, right), and Orchestra Iowa. "Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony," which is a Hancher commission, will blend Kubínek's comedic sensibilities with beautiful orchestral music in a presentation designed to appeal to both the experienced and the novice concertgoer. The work will be performed in Iowa City, Decorah, Cedar Rapids, and Mason City; Kubínek will then perform the piece with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra before taking it to orchestras around the country and the world.

Hancher's outreach programs continue in earnest with a large number of this season's artists participating in residency events on campus, in the local community, and around the state. In addition, Roseneath Theatre will present "The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh" at Van Allen Elementary School in November. The play, which revolves around a girl coping with ADHD, is being presented in partnership with the Iowa City Community School District and will be attended by district fifth-grade and sixth-grade students.

For the first time, Hancher has secured 100 Hancher Partners-corporate, media, and individual sponsors-for the upcoming season. A full list of Hancher Partners can be found in the season brochure and on the Hancher web site. Additional supporters for the season include Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson, John and Sue Strauss, the National Endowment for the Arts, an Anonymous Family Foundation, the Iowa West Foundation, Mary K. Calkin, ACT, the Iowa Arts Council, Rockwell Collins, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Betty Winokur, and the Community Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

The season brochure and the web site also include full details about each event and more information about Hancher's outreach programs.

Tickets for the 2010-2011 Hancher season may be ordered using the season order form through July 15 to allow for priority seating for Hancher contributors at the $500 level and above. For more information or for assistance with the order form, call the Hancher Box Office at 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER. Ticket order forms may be mailed, faxed, or delivered in person to the Hancher Box Office, which is located in the Old Capitol Mall.

Hancher's 2010-2011 season:

Sept. 9
New Orleans Dance Party with Papa Grows Funk, 10 p.m.
IMU Main Lounge

Sept. 17
Ballet West II, 6 p.m.
Fairfield, Iowa

Sept. 18
Ballet West II, 6 p.m.
Iowa City

Sept. 19
Ballet West II, 6 p.m.
Kalona, Iowa

Sept. 22
Ballet West II, 6 p.m.
Muscatine, Iowa

Sept. 24
Taj Mahal & the Trio, 7:30 p.m.
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center

Oct. 14
Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company, 7:30 p.m.
Englert Theatre

Oct. 19
Robert McDuffie and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Catholic Church

Nov. 5
Professor Kubínek meets the Symphony, 7:30 p.m.
West High School Auditorium

Nov. 6
Professor Kubínek meets the Symphony, 7:30 p.m.
Center for Faith and Life, Decorah

Nov. 7
Professor Kubínek meets the Symphony, 2:30 p.m.
Sinclair Auditorium, Cedar Rapids

Nov. 9-10
Roseneath Theatre, The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh
Van Allen Elementary School

Nov. 13
Professor Kubínek meets the Symphony, 7:30 p.m.
North Iowa Community Auditorium, Mason City

Nov. 13
Kenny Barron Trio plus special guest David Sánchez, 7:30 p.m.
Englert Theatre

Nov. 20
Professor Kubínek meets the Symphony, 8 p.m.
Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha

Dec. 1
Fiddler on the Roof, 7:30 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Center

Dec. 4
Leahy Family Christmas, 7:30 p.m.
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center

Dec. 9
Esperanza Spalding, 7:30 p.m.
Englert Theatre

Feb. 8
Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 7:30 p.m.
IMU Main Lounge

Feb. 18
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 7:30 p.m.
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center

Feb. 24
David Finckel, Wu Han, and Philip Setzer, 7:30 p.m.
Riverside Recital Hall

March 4
Danú, 7:30 p.m.
Englert Theatre

March 24
Take 6, 7:30 p.m.
IMU Main Lounge

March 25
Calmus, 7:30 p.m.
West High School Auditorium

April 1
Universes, Ameriville, 7:30 p.m.
UI Theatre Building, Mabie Theatre

April 7
Carolina Chocolate Drops, 7:30 p.m.
Englert Theatre

April 14
Miró Quartet, 7:30 p.m.
Riverside Recital Hall

May 14
Circa, 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes, 2 p.m.
Englert Theatre

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,