Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Presents Four Works by Jirí Kylián This Spring

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Presents Four Works by Jirí Kylián This Spring

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, will present its first-ever mixed repertory program devoted to the work of a single choreographer during the Spring Series, March 13-16, 2014. This engagement's four works by Ji?í Kylián, celebrated international artist and former director of Nederlands Dans Theater in the Hague, will include Hubbard Street's first performances of Kylián's 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, to be performed live by Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The Spring Series continues Hubbard Street's longtime commitment to bringing Kylián's work to theaters across the U.S., starting with the company's April 1998 debut in Sechs Tänze (1986). 27'52'', made in 2001 for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 with an original score by Dirk Haubrich, returns, as does Kylián's signature masterpiece to music by Mozart, Petite Mort, created for Austria's Salzburg Festival in 1991. Kylián authorities Roslyn Anderson and Urtzi Aranburu (staging), Dick Schuttel (sound design and effects) and Joost Biegelaar (lighting) will produce these four works in partnership with Edgerton, himself a former director of Nederlands Dans Theater and Kylián expert.

"With Ji?í Kylián's choreography so widely seen now in the United States, it's easy to forget that, for many years, it was rarely presented here," says Edgerton. "I'm proud of Hubbard Street's long history of introducing his deeply moving, profoundly creative choreography to audiences from coast to coast, in both regional and national venues. It's fitting that Kylián is the first artist to receive such a singular programmatic focus from us, which we plan to replicate in coming seasons around other signature Hubbard Street choreographers.

These four works by Kylián on our Spring Series program will be a treat to his devoted fans, while providing a perfect introduction to his ideas for those newer to contemporary dance." Hubbard Street continues Season 36 with its Spring Series featuring four works by Ji?í Kylián at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago, Illinois, 60601. Hubbard Street's Spring Series is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Performance schedule:

• Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm

• Friday, March 14 at 8 pm (plus, at 11 am, a special presentation for school students)

• Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm

• Sunday, March 16 at 3 pm

Single tickets, $25-$99, are available at or by phone at 312-850-9744. Season 36 concludes at the Harris Theater with the Summer Series (June 5-8, 2014), featuring Gnawa (2005) by Nacho Duato, Quintett (1993) by William Forsythe, and the 13th World Premiere for Hubbard Street by the company's Resident Choreographer, Alejandro Cerrudo.

About Ji?í Kylián

Choreographer Ji?í Kylián was born in 1947 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He enrolled in the School of the National Ballet Prague at age nine and, in 1962, was accepted into the Prague Conservatory, where he trained with Zora Semberova and other instructors, and created his first two works of choreography. In 1967, Kylián received a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School in London, where he met choreographer John Cranko, who invited Kylián to join Germany's Stuttgart Ballet. Kylián remained with the company as a dancer and choreographer through Cranko's sudden passing in 1973 and the subsequent direction of choreographer Glen Tetley, whose understanding of movement and its relation to space were revelations for Kylián. After creating three works for Nederlands Dans Theater as a guest choreographer, Kylián joined the company as co-artistic director, with Hans Knill. The creation of Sinfonietta for NDT to perform at the Spoleto Festival-USA in 1978 heralded Kylián's arrival as a major international artist; his Symphony of Psalms premiered the same year. In the early 1980s, Kylián's travels to Australia to study aboriginal dances inspired new ideas in his choreography and the works Stamping Ground and Dream Time. Kylián and NDT's founding managing director Carel Birnie created a second ensemble, NDT II, for early-career artists, which premiered major works including 27′52″ (2001). Between 1980 and 2000, NDT I commissioned Christopher Bruce, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin and many more, in addition to presenting masterworks by Hans van Manen, Glen Tetley and others. In 1990, he launched NDT III, for accomplished dancers over the age of 40. Kylián passed the artistic directorship of NDT's three ensembles to the next generation of leadership in 1999, while remaining choreographer for the company through 2009. Of his 98 works premiered to date, 74 were created for NDT. Recent projects include the film Car-Men (2006), made with Boris Paval Conen and choreographed on location in brown coal mines in the Czech Republic. Kylián's honors and recognitions include the ranks of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France) and Officer of the Order of Oranje Nassau (the Netherlands), a Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale, three Nijinsky Awards for Choreography (Monaco), two Prix Benois de la Danse prizes (Moscow, Berlin), two Sir Laurence Olivier Awards (London), a Knight's Cross from President Aleksander Kwa?niewski (Poland), a cultural award for Arts and Sciences from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, a Golden Medal for Outstanding Merits from President Václav Havel of the Czech Republic, honorary doctorates from the Juilliard School (United States) and the Music Academy Prague (Czech Republic), La Medaille d'Or from the city of Lyon (France), an award for Exceptional Achievements in Choreography and Dance (Czech Ministry of Culture), an Angel Award from the Edinburgh International Festival, the First Cultural Award of the City of the Hague (the Netherlands), a Dance Magazine Award, a Carina Ari Medal (Stockholm), the Dvo?ák Award (Prague), the West End Theatre Award (London), the Hans Christian Andersen Ballet Award (Copenhagen) and the Prix Italia for Video (Torino). Visit to learn more.

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