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Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium able to host rare night of performances

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Students performing in the lobby of Hancher Auditorium
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Hancher Illuminated guests watch from a safe distance Thursday.
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The outside of Hancher Auditorium lit up by company Quixotic

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Performing arts students at the University of Iowa and a visual arts company gave onlookers a night of light Thursday; when the pandemic has forced so many theaters into darkness.

Socially-distanced groups of 10 people walked around the outside of Hancher Auditorium Thursday for "Hancher Illuminated". Visual arts and lighting company Quixotic put on a light display and several U of I students also performed.

"Tonight we can illuminate and finally have a night to showcase the lighting of a theater," Charles Swanson said, executive director of Hancher Auditorium.

Students have been using Hancher as a classroom this semester, for its large space and the fact that it can't host in-person performances. The staff have been broadcasting a few virtual performances and hope to get back to shows with a live audience in early 2021.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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