Sankai Juku - October 22, SITI Company - October 26
Sankai Juku

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 pm
The Auditorium, Hadley Stage

For the first time in 20 years, Sankai Juku, Japan’s internationally renowned butoh dance troupe, returns to Hancher. Utsushi has been crafted from restaged excerpts of choreography by company founder Ushio Amagatsu. Butoh, which has been called Japan’s most startling cultural export, is enthralling, surprising, and often deeply moving. Utsushi is the perfect introduction to the mesmerizing work of Sankai Juku.

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Sankai Juku
SITI Company
The Bacchae

Directed by Anne Bogart
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 pm
The Auditorium, Hadley Stage

In this new English translation and innovative take on one of the Western world’s greatest dramas, SITI Company invites us to Thebes where Dionysus—god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, and theater (and in this production imagined as a rock star of the first order)—is opposed and imprisoned by King Pentheus. The struggle between wildness and order (and frivolity and seriousness) is at the heart of this play, which still resonates all these centuries later—and perhaps at this moment in particular.

SITI Company, "The Bacchae"

SITI Company’s famed co-artistic director Anne Bogart will be on hand to participate in a variety of residency events, including a post-performance conversation with the audience.

Audio Description is available for this performance.

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No Thursday Nights at Hancher this week

No Thursday Nights at Hancher this week

Due to a University of Iowa event, we will not be hosting Thursday Nights at Hancher this week (10/17). But make plans to join us next week!

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Preorder food from the Stanley Cafe

New! Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. The Stanley Café will have staff members ready to get your order—including beverages you order when you pick up your food—fast!

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No fragrances, please.

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