Iowa City – A unique experience awaits us tomorrow night at Hancher Auditorium. The Migration, Step Afrika!’s new signature work, is based on Jacob Lawrence’s iconic series of paintings charting the African-American movement from south to north in the early 1900s. Each piece incorporates the images, color palette, and motifs of one or more of the paintings to tell the migration story through body percussion and dance.
The work is co-commissioned by The University of Iowa’s Hancher, and the piece will be performed at Hancher Auditorium on Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm.
Check out this video about the company.
Step Afrika’s performance is also part of “Fields of Opportunity,” a three-day event connecting the company’s performance with the publication of Invisible Hawkeyes. The book, published by University of Iowa Press and edited by UI Professors Lena Hill and Michael Hill, focuses on the experiences of African-American students at the university over its history. Details of the “Fields of Opportunity” events can be found on the Hancher website.
In addition, the University of Iowa Museum of Art has a painting from Lawrence’s Migration Series on display in its gallery on the third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union as part of the museum’s “Political Prints” exhibition.
Step Afrika’s performance is supported by H. Dee and Myrene Hoover, Ed and Ann Lorson, and Derek and Pamela Willard as well as by the Hancher Partners and gifts to the Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation. West Music is the sponsor of Hancher’s 2016-2017 season.
Tickets range from $25-$35 for adults, $10-$31 for college students, and $10-$17 for youth.
The Hancher Box Office is open for phone (335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 am to 5:30 pm weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online.