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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Releases Tickets to 2014-15 Season Performances, 8/25

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Releases Tickets to 2014-15 Season Performances, 8/25

CHICAGO - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton are excited to release single tickets to the renowned contemporary company's 2014-15 season performances in Chicago, on August 25, 2014 at 10am. All remaining seats to the company's performances at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Edlis Neeson Theater will be available online at hubbardstreetdance.com or by phone to the Hubbard Street Ticket Office at 312-850-9744. (Season 37 subscriptions, which include tickets to all four 2014-15 season engagements, went on sale May 1, 2014 and remain available by phone or online at hubbardstreetdance.com/subscribe.) Season 37 single tickets start at just $25; the performance schedule is as follows:

October 16-19, 2014 brings the world premiere of the largest original production in Hubbard Street's history, collaboratively devised with Chicago's renowned home for improvised and sketch comedy, The Second City. (Click here to download the project-specific press release, or visit hubbardstreetdance.com/secondcity.) 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 to co-present "Princess Grace Awards: New Works," featuring three ascendant contemporary choreographers: 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle 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 "Princess Grace Awards: New Works." The new work by Kyle Abraham,Counterpoint, 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 and simulcast live to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Major support for "Princess Grace Awards: New Works" is provided by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

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. 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 Season 37 concludes with a unique program marking the sixth year of Alejandro Cerrudo's prolific and successful choreographic residency. Hubbard Street's All-Cerrudo Celebration runs June 11-14, 2015 at the Harris Theater, featuring his 14th world premiere for the company and additional repertory to be announced.

In addition, Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton and Terence Marling, Director of Hubbard Street 2, are pleased to announce the HS2 roster for 2014-15, which expands the organization's ensemble for early-career artists from eight to nine members; and three choreographers selected to create original works for HS2 through its International Commissioning Project: Victor Alexander, Bryan Arias and Ihsan Rustem.

Joining Adrienne Lipson, promoted from HS2 Apprentice, and returning full company members Katie Kozul, Jules Joseph and Andrea Thompson, are Zachary Enquist and Elliot Hammans. Three more dancers join as HS2 Apprentices: Katlin Michael Bourgeois, Natalie Leibert and Megan Myers.

As part of its mission to identify and nurture young choreographers, HS2 initiated the National Choreographic Competition in 1999. Renamed the International Commissioning Project for its 15th anniversary, the program continues to provide residencies to choreographers, offering them the opportunity to create original works for HS2's dancers and to conduct master classes. The IC Project, part of Hubbard Street's Choreographic Development Initiative, has produced 40 original works.

Says Terence Marling: "I'm eager to start my second full season as Director of Hubbard Street 2, and I'm thrilled we've gathered such a formidable group of young dancers to celebrate 15 years of commissioning new choreography. Looking back at this program's history, I'm struck not only by the artistic and demographic diversity of past recipients, but by how far they've come since working in our studios with HS2. Our first two choreographers were Robert Battle, now artistic director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and Jessica Lang, who founded and directs her own successful company. Camille A. Brown and Aszure Barton came to us back-to-back, in 2002 and 2003. Edwaard Liang and Andrea Miller create all over the world. The list goes on and on, and our three IC Project choreographers for 2014-15 absolutely hold the same potential."

IC Project-supported premieres by Victor Alexander, Bryan Arias and Ihsan Rustem will be choreographed during residencies in fall 2014, at the Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago, and at Indiana University Bloomington's IU Contemporary Dance department. The IC Project's 15th anniversary celebration, December 16, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, features all three of these new works alongside recent IC Project premieres as part of the Harris Theater's popular, affordable series "Eat to the Beat."

"Lunchpass" subscriptions to the six unique "Eat to the Beat" programs, October 2014-May 2015, are available beginningAugust 25 for just $25, online at harristheaterchicago.org or by phone at 312-334-7777. Single tickets to "Eat to the Beat" programs will be available at a later date.

About the International Commissioning Project 2014 choreographers

A native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Victor Alexander's international career as a dancer, teacher and choreographer began with studies in modern and Cuban folkloric dance at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. He graduated ENA in 1992, the same year he was awarded first place for dance at Havana's 4th National Union of Writers and Artists. Alexander then joined Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, where he remained a principal dancer until 2002 and established and refined his technique and artistry. Alexander has studied with many distinguished teachers including Donald McKayle, Chuck Davis and Jeffrey Bullock; and has performed throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the United States. Since relocating to Chicago in 2002, Alexander has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Hedwig Dances, CDI / Concert Dance Inc. and Luna Negra Dance Theater. Of particular importance to him is teaching in programs bringing dance to youth in Chicago Public Schools including Dance Art (2007-10) and the Elementary Dance Scholarship Program (2010-11). In 2012, he was selected by the Chicago Dancemakers Forum as one of four choreographers in CDF's year-long Lab Artists Program for creative development, and was included among Dance Magazine's list of "25 to Watch" internationally for 2013. He received a fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council for his work Line of Sighs, named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 10 best dance productions of 2013, and was one of the 2013 Novel Affair Artists selected by the Ragdale Curatorial Board. In summer 2013, Alexander joined the artistic and administrative team of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts; as both director of the Ruth Page School of Dance and co-director of the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, he continues their traditions of exceptional training, and mentoring the nation's next generation of dancers.

A native of Puerto Rico, Bryan Arias moved at age eight with his family to New York City, where he was exposed to multiple dance styles and studied intensively at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (LaGuardia Arts). Upon graduation, Arias received the school's Jacques d'Amboise ballet award, going on to perform in New York with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and internationally with Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Kidd Pivot. Arias has originated roles in and performed works by notable choreographers including Ji?í Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite; he received First Place and Audience Choice awards for his work Without Notice at the Sixth Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, and the Audience Favorite Award for his work at New York City's Dance Gallery Festival. He has choreographed for dancers at the Juilliard School, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, LaGuardia Arts, and "Switch," NDT's annual choreographic workshop and charity benefit. Arias' full-evening production, a place where something flourishes, premiered to sold-out audiences in November 2013. He is currently a freelance artist, exploring dance through choreography, collaboration, and education.


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