HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO ANNOUNCES 36TH SEASON
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic
leadership of Glenn Edgerton, presents four hometown engagements in its 2013–14 season, all at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 East Randolph Drive, Chicago), plus domestic and international touring dates. Season 36 features the inclusion of works by all five of Hubbard Street’s signature, international choreographers — Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián and Ohad Naharin — a programming coup 16 years in the making. (Performances of Duato’s Na Floresta and Jardi Tancat in 1997 were the company’s first presentations of work by any of these five major artists.) Season 36 also includes a World Premiere by Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo and new work by rising artist Robyn Mineko Williams.
Hubbard Street’s Fall Series begins Season 36 at the Harris Theater October 10–13, 2013. A diverse lineup was designed specifically to showcase Hubbard Street’s “dancers of spectacular versatility” (The Los Angeles Times). Fall Series performances feature Passomezzo (1989), an athletic, romantically tough duet by Israeli dance artist Ohad Naharin; a new work by Robyn Mineko Williams, 2012 winner of the Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition; Casi-Casa (2009) by Swedish master choreographer Mats Ek; and the quintet “Compass” from AZIMUTH (2013), Hubbard Street’s Joyce Award–funded commission by celebrated Bay Area choreographer Alonzo King.
December 12–15, 2013, Hubbard Street’s Winter Series at the Harris Theater brings an encore presentation of One Thousand Pieces by Alejandro Cerrudo. The company’s first full-length work, inspired by Marc Chagall’s America Windows, set to music by Philip Glass and created for the combined ensembles of Hubbard Street’s main company and Hubbard Street 2, opened the company’s Landmark 35th Anniversary Season to critical acclaim (★★★★, Chicago Tribune). Hubbard Street presents One Thousand Pieces also in fall 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan through UMS (the University Musical Society), and at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
Choreographer Jiří Kylián is the focus of Hubbard Street’s Spring Series, March 13–16, 2014 at the Harris Theater. Four touchstone works by the two-time Prix Benois de la Danse–winner and recipient of a Medal of Arts and Science from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands include two Hubbard Street company premieres: Sarabande (1990), for an all-male ensemble and set to Bach’s second partita for solo violin with electronically manipulated live vocals; and Falling Angels (1989), for a cast of eight women and set to part one of Steve Reich’s phased-percussion composition, Drumming. 27’52”, enigmatic and multilingual, returns, as does Kylián’s signature masterpiece to music by Mozart, Petite Mort, created for Austria’s Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of the composer’s death in 1991.
Season 36 concludes at the Harris Theater June 5–8, 2014 with Hubbard Street’s Summer Series. Gnawa, created for the company in 2005 by Nacho Duato, incoming intendant at Staatsballett Berlin, returns to Hubbard Street’s active repertoire alongside Quintett (1993) by vanguard American-born, Germany-based choreographer William Forsythe, like Kylián a winner of Great Britain’s Laurence Olivier Award, and a Commander of Arts and Letters of France. Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo unveils a World Premiere work during the Summer Series, his 13th for the organization.
Main company touring engagements include three performances October 17–19, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Hubbard Street’s Minneapolis debut with Northrop at the University of Minnesota. Hubbard Street brings One Thousand Pieces to at least three cities in Germany in Fall 2013, and Hubbard Street 2 follows up with five or more Germany engagements with mixed repertoire in Spring 2014.
Succeeding Taryn Kaschock Russell, Terence Marling moves into the directorship of Hubbard Street 2, to be refocused toward innovation and experimentation in choreography, programming, arts education and creative consulting. In Marling’s former role as Hubbard Street Rehearsal Director, Lucas Crandall rejoins the company following three years at Nederlands Dans Theater in the Hague.
Says Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton: “Our Spring Series in March represents the beginning of Hubbard Street’s realization of a key goal since I joined the company: singular programs dedicated to choreography by Duato, Ek, Forsythe, Kylián and Naharin, which we hope to curate, produce and tour in one future season. We look forward to deepening our investments in Alejandro Cerrudo and Robyn Mineko Williams as dance artists, both of whom began their careers as choreographers here at Hubbard Street. Lucas Crandall, Hubbard Street’s Associate Artistic Director when I arrived in 2009, is an ideal addition to our team. His expertise in the work of these choreographers, and his experience as a master teacher and performance coach, will no doubt elevate the company’s artistry.”
Says Hubbard Street 2 Director Terence Marling: “I’m excited to remain at Hubbard Street in a new role, and to begin adjusting Hubbard Street 2’s model to meet the entire organization’s current and future needs. Glenn’s and my vision for HS2 allows simultaneous Hubbard Street tours; experimentation with new practices around generating and producing choreography; and partnerships with other organizations to dissolve the idea that there are limits to what dance can offer in the classroom or the workplace. On a personal note, each season, Hubbard Street benefits from the infectious energy of this group, their hunger to learn and the dedication they bring to their bright futures. I can’t wait to work in and out of the studio with the HS2 team, and help them realize their goals. I hope to inspire them because, honestly, these are the dancers who inspire me. It’s the best kind of feedback loop.”
Subscriptions to Season 36 at the Harris Theater in Chicago are available beginning April 9, 2013. Ten price points start at just $75 (for Section 5 seating for Thursday, Friday or Sunday performances); premier seats for all four Saturday performances are $302. Single-ticket availability will be announced at a later date; please contact the Hubbard Street Box Office for further information, by phone at 312-850-9774, or visit hubbardstreetdance.com/36. Additional presentations and complete tour calendars for both companies will also be announced at a later date. All programming is subject to change.
Glenn Edgerton (Artistic Director) joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago after an international career as a dancer and director. At the Joffrey Ballet, he performed leading roles, contemporary and classical, for 11 years under the mentorship of Robert Joffrey. In 1989, Edgerton joined the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), where he danced for five years. He retired from performing to become its artistic director, leading NDT 1 for a decade and presenting the works of Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, among others. From 2006 to 2008, he directed the Colburn Dance Institute at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Edgerton joined Hubbard Street as associate artistic director in 2008; since 2009, he has built upon more than three decades of leadership in dance performance, education and appreciation established by founder Lou Conte and continued by Conte’s successor, Jim Vincent.
Lucas Crandall (Rehearsal Director) began his dance career with the Milwaukee Ballet in 1979. In 1980, he joined the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, then directed by Oscar Aráiz. Under the direction of Jiří Kylián, he danced with Nederlands Dans Theater for two years before returning to Geneva, as soloist and later rehearsal assistant, under the direction of Gradimir Pankov. Crandall has performed and originated roles in works by notable choreographers including Aráiz, Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Rui Horta, Amanda Miller and Ohad Naharin. In 2000, Crandall returned to the U.S. to join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, as Associate Artistic Director and staff at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. His teaching and coaching career includes residencies at various U.S. universities;
master classes and repertory workshops, both domestically and abroad; and guest positions at companies including Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Northwest Professional Dance Project, and the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. Crandall’s choreographic work includes multiple premieres for Hubbard Street (Atelier, Gimme, The Set) and new works for Northwest Dance Project and Thodos Dance Chicago. Crandall was recently rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater’s main company for three years, under the directorships of Paul Lightfoot and former Hubbard Street Artistic Director Jim Vincent. Crandall returned to Hubbard Street as Rehearsal Director in April 2013.
Terence Marling (Director, Hubbard Street 2), born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, trained at the Ruth Page School of Dance with renowned ballet teacher Larry Long. Following his professional work with Patricia Wilde and Terrence S. Orr at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and at Germany’s Nationaltheater Mannheim with director and choreographer Kevin O’Day, Marling became a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. During 16 years onstage, he performed works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Glen Tetley and others, originating numerous roles. Beginning in 2010 as Hubbard Street Rehearsal Director, Marling taught, coached and maintained works and premieres by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, Duato, Naharin, Aszure Barton, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Alonzo King, Susan Marshall, Victor Quijada and Twyla Tharp. Marling’s own creations have been performed by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as well as both of Hubbard Street’s ensembles, and he co- choreographed with Robyn Mineko Williams the company’s first family-oriented production, Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure.
About Hubbard Street
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, celebrates its 36th season in 2013 and 2014. Among the world’s top contemporary dance companies and a global cultural ambassador, Hubbard Street demonstrates fluency in a wide range of techniques and forms, and deep comprehension of abstract artistry and emotional nuance. The company is critically acclaimed for its exuberant and innovative repertoire, featuring works by master American and international choreographers. Hubbard Street’s artists hail from four countries and 12 U.S. states, and comprise a superlative ensemble of virtuosity and versatility.
Since its founding by Lou Conte in 1977, Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms. Each is dedicated to the support and advancement of dance as an art form, as a practice, and as a method for generating and sustaining communities of all kinds.
Hubbard Street 2 cultivates young professional dancers, identifies next-generation choreographers, and performs domestically and abroad, in service of arts education, collaboration, experimentation and audience development.
Extensive Education & Community Programs are models in the field of arts outreach, linking the performing company’s creative mission to the lives of students and families. Hubbard Street also initiated the first dance-based program in the Midwest to help alleviate suffering caused by Parkinson’s disease. Youth Dance Classes at the Hubbard Street Dance Center include Creative Movement and progressive study of technique, open to movers ages 18 months to 16 years.
At the Lou Conte Dance Studio, directed by founding Hubbard Street Dancer Claire Bataille, workshops and master classes allow access to expertise, while a broad variety of weekly classes offer training at all levels in jazz, ballet, modern, tap, African, hip-hop, yoga, Pilates® and Zumba®.
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