IOWA Magazine | 11-14-2023

Hancher's Infinite Dream Festival in Photo and Video

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The inaugural event showcased artistic collaboration happening on campus and beyond.
VIDEO: JASON SMITH Hancher's recent Infinite Dream Festival brought local and national artists together to explore the complexity of the American story.

Interdisciplinary collaboration opens new avenues for creative exploration—just ask the dozens of dancers, musicians, and other artists who worked beyond their departments to create thought-provoking and inspiring works for the greater Hawkeye community this fall during Hancher’s inaugural Infinite Dream Festival.

Alt Text PHOTO: Jason Smith Participants in the International Writing Program contributed stories and poems to serve as inspiration for a performance by UI Department of Dance students in the Space Place Theatre.
Alt Text PHOTO: Jason Smith The Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra performed at the Englert Theatre after an extensive tour of Iowa City schools to celebrate diversity in the arts.
Alt Text PHOTO: Jason Smith Hancher’s Hadley Stage transformed into a space-like installation titled N O W I S W H E R E W E A R E (the stars). Four thousand points of light and immersive soundscapes created a celestial experience for attendees.
Alt Text PHOTO: Jason Smith Professor Daniel Fine’s Installations and Interactive Performance class went behind the scenes to see what it takes to produce a traveling art installation.
Alt Text PHOTO: Jason Smith Aaron Pang, a graduate student in the Nonfiction Writing Program, presented his thesis, Herein Lies the Truth, as a work in progress and followed it with a discussion at the UI Stanley Museum of Art. His work covers a range of disciplines from theatre to comedy and explores questions about disability, race, and sexuality.
Alt Text PHOTO: Jason Smith Love in Exile brought Grammy Award-winning singer Arooj Aftab to Hancher alongside artists Shahzad Ismaily and Vijay Iyer. During that same night, Chicago-based Makaya McCraven and ensemble performed In These Times.
Alt Text PHOTO: Jason Smith Author John Irving (67MFA) returned to campus for a conversation with Iowa Writers’ Workshop director Sam Chang (93MFA) at Hancher Auditorium. Irving treated the full house to an excerpt from his next novel, which revisits the character of Dr. Wilbur Larch from The Cider House Rules.
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