Hubbard Street Dance Kicks Off 2014 Summer Series Tonight
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton, presents its Summer Series program today, June 5-8, 2014 featuring the 13th world premiere for the company by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, with costumes by Branimira Ivanova, "Jeff" Award-winning designer of numerous Hubbard Street premieres; and lighting by Michael Korsch, designer for both of Cerrudo's acclaimed works for Hubbard Street's main company in 2012: Little mortal jump and One Thousand Pieces.
Completing the Summer Series program are two works by master international choreographers: Gnawa by Nacho Duato, incoming artistic director at Staatsballett Berlin; and Quintett by William Forsythe, founder and artistic director of The Forsythe Company. Hubbard Street's Summer Series Community Engagement Partner is Allstate Insurance Company.
Hubbard Street and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance will also present a live simulcast during the Summer Series to a state-of-the-art, 40-foot wide, 221⁄2 -foot tall LED screen in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Friday, June 6 at 8 pm. This free outdoor event, open to the public, is part of Millennium Park's 10th anniversary celebration; highlights the final weekend of Hubbard Street's Season 36 performances; officially concludes the presenting portion of the Harris Theater's 10th anniversary season; and follows the success of the Harris Theater's simulcast in June 2012 of the Paris Ope?ra Ballet's Giselle, a first-of-its-kind event which drew a capacity audience of more than 11,000 patrons. Texas-based Staging Solutions Inc., partner for the Paris Ope?ra Ballet simulcast, returns to produce the Hubbard Street simulcast. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is Presenting Sponsor of the Summer Series simulcast.
In addition to Gnawa and the New Cerrudo, the simulcast June 6 performance includes the "entirely mesmerizing" (Chicago Music) Falling Angels (1989) by Jir?i? Kylia?n, for eight women and set to phased percussion by Steve Reich performed live by Chicago's Third Coast Percussion; and Cerrudo's PACOPEPEPLUTO (2011), three solos for male dancers to songs popularized by "the king of cool," Dean Martin, in the '50s and '60s. See below for complete program information for Hubbard Street's Season 36 Summer Series engagement.
Gnawa was created exclusively for Hubbard Street in 2005 by global choreographer Duato, to music by Hassan Hakmoun and Adam Rudolph. This large-scale work for two soloists and a 14-member ensemble, "both fearsome in its drive and seductively hypnotic in its use of patterning, design and gesture," (Chicago Sun-Times) was inspired in part by the Mediterranean cultures of North Africa and Duato's native Spain. Costumes for the piece are by Modesto Lomba, chairman of the Spanish Fashion Designers' Association. Hubbard Street also performs Gnawa as part of forthcoming tours to the prestigious Spoleto Festival- USA (May 23-25, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina) and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (July 2-6, 2014 in Becket, Massachusetts).
Quintett, Forsythe's landmark creation for two female and three male artists, is "enacted on a stark, conceptual landscape that becomes about the dancers themselves, their beauty, stamina, persistence and most assuredly their art," according to the Chicago Tribune. Original cast members Thomas McManus, Dana Caspersen and Stephen Galloway restaged Quintett in Chicago for Hubbard Street in 2012, marking the work's first acquisition by a U.S. dance company. The choreography's seamless progression of solos, duets and trios is set to English composer Gavin Bryars' 1971 composition, "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet." Exemplary of the many works created by Forsythe as artistic director of Germany's Ballett Frankfurt from 1984 to 2004, Quintett explores the strictures of classical ballet by testing their resilience to manipulation, torsion and fragmentation.
Further details regarding the 13th world premiere by Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, recipient of the Joyce Theater Foundation's second Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance and the Prince Charitable Trusts' Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work, will be announced at a later date. Meg and Tim Callahan, Lauren Robishaw, Bill and Orli Staley, and Randy and Lisa White are the individual sponsors of the new creation by Alejandro Cerrudo. Costumes by Branimira Ivanova are exclusively underwritten by John and Jeanne Rowe, and additional support is provided by Choreographer's Circle Member Sarah J. Nolan and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Hubbard Street presents the Summer Series featuring works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe and Jir?i? Kylia?n, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St. in Chicago, June 5-8, 2014. The performance schedule and programming, subject to change, are as follows:
• Thursday • Friday
• Saturday • Sunday
June 5 at 7:30 pm June 6 at 8 pm June 7 at 8 pm June 8 at 3 pm
Gnawa, Quintett, New Cerrudo
Gnawa, New Cerrudo, PACOPEPEPLUTO, Falling Angels Gnawa, Quintett, New Cerrudo
Gnawa, Quintett, New Cerrudo
Single tickets, $25-$99, are available now at hubbardstreetdance.com/summer or by phone at 312-850-9744.
Hubbard Street's 2014-15 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. Visit hubbardstreetdance.com/secondcity for more information. 2014-15 season subscriptions to Hubbard Street's Chicago performances are $75-$302 and available online at hubbardstreetdance.com/subscribe, or by phone at 312-850-9744.