Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Announces 2014-2015 Season, Which Includes The Second City Collaboration and More
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton are pleased to announce the main company's 2014-15 season performances in Chicago, to include two weeks spotlighting a diverse trio of Princess Grace Award-winning choreographers, Hubbard Street's first performances of choreography by acclaimed artist Crystal Pite, and a celebration of Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.
Hubbard Street's 37th season begins with the world premiere of a collaboratively devised production with Chicago's renowned home for improvised and sketch comedy, The Second City, October 16-19, 2014 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. (Click here to download the project-specific press release, or visit hubbardstreetdance.com/secondcity.) Hubbard Street and The Second City's joint venture is underway with material created by Carisa Barreca, T.J. Jagodowski,Kate James, Tim Mason and the casts of The Second City; Joseph Jefferson Award-winning director Billy Bungeroth; choreographers Alejandro Cerrudo, Lucas Crandall, Jonathan Fredrickson, Terence Marling and Robyn Mineko Williams; dancers from Hubbard Street's main ensemble and Hubbard Street 2; and actors to be announced. Major support for the project is provided by Jack and Sandy Guthman through the Imagine Campaign at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, with additional funding from The Walter E. Heller Foundation and Choreographer's Circle Member Sallyan Windt.
December 4-14, 2014, Hubbard Street returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Edlis Neeson Theater for a third consecutive year, with a Winter Series featuring three ascendant contemporary choreographers: 2013 MacArthur FellowKyle Abraham, RUBBERBANDance Group founder and artistic director Victor Quijada, and Hubbard Street alumna Robyn Mineko Williams. All three artists have received Princess Grace Awards in Choreography and will create original works for the Winter Series. The new work by Kyle Abraham is a Chicago Dancing Festival commission and receives its world premiere on August 20, 2014, opening night of the Festival's eighth annual series of free performances. Major support for the Winter Series is provided by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
Says Glenn Edgerton: "It's very important we continue to cultivate the careers of artists whose work speaks to today's world. Our focus at Hubbard Street has always been on living artists and the diversity of dance forms and practices they investigate. I'm excited for the company to dive into the creative process with Kyle, Robyn and Victor. I'm equally excited for our audience to become better acquainted with these artists, all at major turning points in their careers, in a venue perfectly suited to the specificity of their choreographic voices."
Hubbard Street returns to the Harris Theater for the Spring Series, March 12-15, 2015, themed on gender identities and relationships, and featuring the company's first performances of work by Kidd Pivot founder and artistic director Crystal Pite. Pite is associate choreographer for Nederlands Dans Theater (the Hague) and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York City), as well as associate dance artist at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and associate artist at Sadler's Wells (London).A Picture of You Falling, from Pite's 2010 evening-length work, The You Show, receives its Hubbard Street premiere alongside Cloudless (2013) by Alejandro Cerrudo, called "perfection in its unification of choreography, music and lighting" by Germany's Main Post; and two contrasting ensemble works by Czech-born, Holland-based dancemaker Ji?í Kylián:Sarabande (1990) for six men, and Falling Angels (1989) for eight "powerhouse women" (Chicago Sun-Times).
Hubbard Street's 2014-15 subscription season concludes with a unique program marking the sixth year of Alejandro Cerrudo's prolific and successful choreographic residency. Hubbard Street's all-Cerrudo Summer Series runs June 11-14, 2015 at the Harris Theater.
Says Glenn Edgerton: "Alejandro will be in his sixth year as Resident Choreographer at Hubbard Street and I feel it's important to recognize and celebrate the moment. Our Summer Series will review the range of Alejandro's prolific artistry through existing works, and look forward by featuring his 14th world premiere for us. Just as we explored the world of Ji?í Kylián this past March, I want to highlight Alejandro and, in future seasons, we will pay the same attention in tributes to other major choreographers."
Three accomplished artists have joined Hubbard Street's main company of dancers. Former Hubbard Street 2 Dancer Alicia Delgadillo makes her mainstage debut in May 2014, during Hubbard Street's performances at the Spoleto Festival-USA in Charleston, SC. Michael Gross, formerly of River North Dance Chicago and currently with Visceral Dance Chicago, joins in July 2014 ahead of Hubbard Street's appearances at Dance for Life, on August 16 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University; and during the eighth annual, free Chicago Dancing Festival August 20-23. Perrysburg, OH native Jane Rehm, currently with San Francisco's Smuin Ballet and a former Ballet Memphis dancer, joins Hubbard Street's main company in September 2014.
Season 2014-15 subscriptions are $75-$302 and on sale now at the Hubbard Street Ticket Office, online athubbardstreetdance.com/subscribe or by phone at 312-850-9744. Single tickets for these four programs will be available late summer 2014. 2014-15 domestic and international touring engagements, special projects, residencies and additional collaborations will be announced at later dates. Programming is subject to change.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago extends special thanks to its 2014-15 Season Sponsors: Athletico, Official Provider of Physical Therapy; Chicago Athletic Clubs, Official Health Club; and Target, Lead Community Programs Sponsor.
About Crystal Pite
Born in Terrace, British Columbia and raised on the Canadian west coast, choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt. Pite's professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia; since then, she has created more than 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, the National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and Louise Lecavalier / Fou Glorieux, plus collaborations with the Electric Company Theatre and acclaimed director Robert Lepage. In 2002, Pite formed the company Kidd Pivot, which integrates movement, original music, text and rich visual design, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Kidd Pivot tours nationally and internationally, performing critically acclaimed works including Dark Matters, Lost Action, The You Show and The Tempest Replica. Pite is the recipient of the Banff Centre's Clifford E. Lee Award (1995), the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award (2004), the Isadora Award (2005), two Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2009 and 2012), a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (2006) and the Governor General of Canada's Performing Arts Award, Mentorship Program (2008). Pite also received the 2011 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, the inaugural Lola Award in 2012, and the Canada Council's 2012 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize. Visit kiddpivot.org to learn more.
About Kyle Abraham
2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY-Purchase and an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. In November 2012, Abraham was appointed New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012-14; just one month later, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered Abraham'sAnother Night at New York City Center to rave reviews. "What Abraham brings to Ailey is an avant-garde aesthetic," wrote Rebecca Bengal for Vogue magazine, "an original and politically minded downtown sensibility that doesn't distinguish between genres but freely draws on a vocabulary that is as much Merce and Martha as it is Eadweard Muybridge and Michael Jackson." Abraham has received a prestigious New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for The Radio Show, a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010, the 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, was named USA Ford Fellow in 2012 and one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" for 2009, and received a Jerome Travel and Study Grant in 2008. In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham recently premiered The Serpent and The Smoke for himself and Bessie Award-winning New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan, one of four duets comprising Whelan's "Restless Creature," premiered at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 2013. OUT magazine calls Abraham the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama." Visit abrahaminmotion.org to learn more.