The Rebirth of Hancher -- September 2016





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Published on Aug 26, 2016


Hancher is back!

2,808: That's the number of days between the Iowa City crest of the Flood of 2008 and Friday, Sept. 9, the date of the official dedication and first of two open houses for the University of Iowa's new Hancher Auditorium.

Here is a collection of additional interesting and/or fun numbers associated with the UI's new performing arts facility.

900: more than 180,000 linear feet – the length of 900 football fields laid end-to-end -- of cypress was used in the interior and exterior of Hancher

400: more than 400 young Iowa dancers performed with the Joffrey Ballet in the first “Nutcracker” commissioned by Hancher Auditorium; that number will grow as remarkably talented young Iowans will be included in the Hancher-commissioned “Nutcracker” that is to debut on the Hadley Stage inside Hancher in December

14,000: A striking feature of the new Hancher Auditorium is its curved exterior, which is lined with some 14,000 panels made of stainless steel. That total includes 9,000 panels that are one-of-a-kind.panels of stainless steel line Hancher’s curved exterior, 9,000 of which are one-of-a-kind

1,800 and 3: The number of seats in Hancher -- a little more than 500 fewer than the total in the original structure -- are dispersed over a main floor and two balconies, all offering a superior view of the Hadley Stage

100 to 200: The number of seats in new Hancher’s Strauss Hall, the location that will be used most often for Club Hancher events, puppet shows, and music and dance presentations. Strauss Hall will also be used as a rehearsal space.seats are available in the new Strauss Hall, which will be used most often for Club Hancher events, student presentations, and rehearsals, and includes access to an outdoor amphitheater

1-800 (HANCHER)

The toll-free phone number that connects callers with the Hancher Box Office and tickets to Hancher events; the box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

5: performances of the The Joffrey Ballet’s new “Nutcracker,’ a reimagining of the beloved holiday classic choreographed by Tony Award Winner Christopher Wheeldon, will be presented on the Hancher stage in December as yet another example of Hancher’s entrepreneurial spirit Choreographed by Tony Award Winner Christopher Wheeldon, this edition of the Nutcracker reimagines the beloved holiday classic for a new generation, replacing the traditional 19th century setting with Chicago's 1893 World's Fair

1972: The the year in which the original Hancher was opened, to be commemorated with a free concert by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at a free concert on Hancher Green on Friday, Sept. 16 on Hancher Green, in celebration of the new Hancher Auditorium and the installation of Bruce Harreld as the 21st president of the University of Iowa; the band opened the original Hancher in 1972 and will be joined under the stars by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue


The video opens with an interpretative dance by UI students Angella Betina Carlos and Calvin Windschitl outside the new Hancher Auditorium. Angela will receive her master’s degree in fine arts/dance in 2018; Calvin will receive a bachelor of arts degree in 2018. Their performance was choreographed by Autumn Eckman, who will receive her master’s degree in fine arts/choreography in 2017.


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