Northrop to Welcome Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 9/21
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Northrop, University of Minnesota
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one of America's favorite contemporary companies, celebrates their 36th year with a Minneapolis program including Casi-Casa by famed Swedish master choreographer Mats Ek (whoseSwan Lake had Minnesota audiences raving when the Cullberg Ballet performed it here in 2002). Known for its innovative repertoire, Hubbard Street was the first American company to stage this physically and theatrically inventive piece. Casi-Casa fuses jazz and bagpipes with electronic music and rock. Elements of an everyday life are distorted in a surreal landscape that literally tilts, where household items like vacuums occasionally become dance partners.
The program also includes two pieces by resident company choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo: Little Mortal Jump, a black-and-white themed piece tailor made to showcase the company's talent, andPACOPEPEPLUTO, a series of three exquisite solos strung together by their vivacious physicality.
The world premiere of Fluence from Robyn Mineko Williams, features five men and four women who appear profoundly vulnerable one moment, yet in the next like neutral avatars being remotely controlled. Quick double-takes and stuttering movements suggest the entire piece itself is fighting internal glitches, disintegration, or a faulty internet connection.
NORTHROP PRESENTS Hubbard Dance Street Chicago on Sat, Sep 21, 2012, 8:00 pm at the State Theatre.
Choreography by Mats Ek
Little Mortal Jump (2012)
Choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo
Choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo
Fluence World Premiere(2013)
Choreography by Robyn Mineko Williams
Watch a sneak peek video on YouTube.
TICKETS: $37, $48, $59. Prices do not include processing or facility fees. Single tickets are available through ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Buy in person and save on fees, Mon - Fri, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, or Sat, noon - 3:00 p at the State Theatre Box Office at 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis. Tickets also available the night of the performance beginning at 5:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office, based on availability.
Groups of 10+ save 15% off original ticket prices or 25% for schools and educational groups to Northrop Dance season events. Contact Broadway Across America at 612-373-5665 or MinneapolisGroups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com to reserve.
RUSH TICKETS: $10 for U of M Students; $20 for U of M Staff/Faculty; $20 General Student/Educators. Rush tickets can be purchased in person only at the performance venue box office beginning at 5:00 pm prior to any evening performance. Two discounted tickets per qualifying person with the appropriate I.D. are available. Rush tickets are based on availability.
SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS: Series subscriptions are still on sale. For information on the different packages, and to order, please visit the Northrop website or call U of M Tickets and Events at 612-624-2345. New this year: subscribers may choose four or more events to curate their own personalized Subscriber's Choice Package.
Northrop and the Orpheum Theatre are dedicated to providing persons with disabilities the necessary measures to allow for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Presented by Northrop
Sat, Sep 21, 6:45 - 7:30
An in-depth conversation led by Emilie Plauche Flink with Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton as well as choreographers and dancers Robyn Mineko Williams and Alejandro Cerrudo.
About Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's core purpose is to bring artists, art, and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate, transform, and change lives through the experience of dance. Celebrating its 36th season in 2013-14, Hubbard Street continues to be an innovative force, supporting its creative talent while presenting repertory by major international artists.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago grew out of the Lou Conte Dance Studio at LaSalle and Hubbard Streets in 1977, when Lou Conte gathered an ensemble of four dancers to perform in senior centers across Chicago. Barbara G. Cohen soon joined the company as its first Executive Director. Conte continued to direct the company for 23 years, during which he initiated and grew relationships with both emerging and established artists including Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, Ji?í Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Twyla Tharp.
Conte's successor Jim Vincent widened Hubbard Street's international focus, began Hubbard Street's collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and cultivated growth from within, launching theInside/Out Choreographic Workshop and inviting Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo to make his first work. Gail Kalver's 23 years of executive leadership provided continuity from 1984 through the 2006-07 season, when Executive Director Jason Palmquist joined the organization.
Glenn Edgerton became Artistic Director in 2009 and, together with Palmquist, moved this legacy forward on multiple fronts. Inside/Out now begins the creative process for danc(e)volve: New Works Festival, two weeks devoted to premieres at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Edlis Neeson Theater. Partnerships with the CSO, Art Institute of Chicago, and other institutions keep Hubbard Street deeply connected to its hometown. To the company's repertoire, Edgerton has extended relationships with its signature choreographers while adding significant new voices such as Mats Ek and Sharon Eyal, Alonzo King and Victor Quijada.
The main company's 18 members comprise one of the only ensembles in the U.S. to perform all year long, domestically and around the world, while a nationally renowned Summer Intensive Program brings young artists into its ranks. Hubbard Street 2, its second company for young professional artists, was founded in 1997 by Conte and Julie Nakagawa. Now directed by Terence Marling, HS2 appears throughout the United States and overseas, often in service of dance education through master classes and workshops.
Hubbard Street's Youth, Education, and Community Programs are nationwide benchmarks for arts outreach in schools, impacting the lives of thousands of students. In 2009, Hubbard Street launched youth and family programs to teach dance with an emphasis on creative expression. People with Parkinson's are welcome to Hubbard Street to join the first dance classes in the Midwest for those affected by the disease. The Lou Conte Dance Studio-where Hubbard Street began-has been training the next generation of artists and dance enthusiasts, at all ages and skill levels, since 1974.
Glenn Edgerton, Artistic Director
Glenn Edgerton 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 for a decade and presenting the works of Ji?í 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.
Jason D. Palmquist, Executive Director
Jason D. Palmquist joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in May 2007, after serving the arts community in Washington, D.C. for nearly 15 years. Palmquist began his career at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, completing his tenure there as vice president of dance administration. At the Kennedy Center, he oversaw multiple world-premiere engagements of commissioned works in dance, the formation and growth of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and the inception in 1997 of the Millennium Stage, an award-winning, free daily performance series that to date has served more than 3 million patrons. Deeply enriching the Kennedy Center's artistic programming, Palmquist successfully presented engagements of global dance companies including the Royal Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Kirov Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet. Palmquist also managed the Kennedy Center's television initiatives, including the creation of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and a prime-time special on NBC memorializing the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks. In 2004, he accepted the position of executive director at the Washington Ballet. Under his leadership, the company presented full performance seasons annually at the Kennedy Center and the Warner Theater, and nurtured its world-renowned school and extensive education and outreach programs. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Palmquist currently serves on the boards of the Arts Alliance of Illinois and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Alejandro Cerrudo, Dancer and Resident Choreographer
Alejandro Cerrudo was born in Madrid, Spain and trained at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid. His professional career began in 1998 and includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, and, since 2005, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2008, Cerrudo was named Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellow and became the company's first Resident Choreographer in 2009. His 11 works to date choreographed at Hubbard Street include unique collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. These pieces and additional commissions are in repertory at companies in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, and around the United States. Always dancing and constantly creating, Cerrudo was honored in 2011 with an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists. In 2012, he received a Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts, for his first full-length work, One Thousand Pieces. Cerrudo's forthcoming creation for Pacific Northwest Ballet is supported by the Joyce Theater Foundation's Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance.
Lou Conte, Founder
Lou Conte, after a performing career that included roles in Broadway musicals such as Cabaret, Mame, andHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, established the Lou Conte Dance Studio in 1974. Three years later, he founded what is now Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Originally the company's sole choreographer, he developed relationships with emerging and world-renowned dancemakers Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Margo Sappington, and Daniel Ezralow as the company grew. Conte continued to build Hubbard Street's repertoire by forging a key relationship with Twyla Tharp in the 1990s, acquiring seven of her works as well as original choreography. It then became an international enterprise with the inclusion of works by Ji?í Kylián, Nacho Duato and Ohad Naharin. Throughout his 23 years as the company's artistic director, Conte received numerous awards including the first Ruth Page Artistic Achievements Award in 1986, the Sidney R. Yates Arts Advocacy Award in 1995, and the Chicagoan of the Year award from Chicago magazine in 1999. In 2003, Conte was inducted as a laureate into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the state's highest honor. He has been credited by many for helping raise Chicago's international cultural profile and for creating a welcoming climate for dance in the city, where the art form now thrives.
Mats Ek, Choreographer
Mats Ek was born in Malmo, Sweden in 1945, son of acclaimed choreographer Birgit Cullberg and Royal Dramatic Theatre actor Anders Ek. A student of drama at Marieborg College, Ek produced plays and worked with legendary director Ingmar Bergman in the 1960s. In 1973, he joined the Cullberg Ballet, where he choreographed several works including Saint George and the Dragon (1976) and Antigone (1979). In 1982, he radically reimagined the landmark Romantic Era ballet, Giselle, dramatically altering both its choreographic text and theatrical form. It was hailed by critics as the beginning of a new epoch in dance and he went on to rethink other canonical productions such as Swan Lake (in 1987) and Carmen (in 1992). Ek creates wholly original works as well, many of which employ parallel narratives and deliver unexpected moments of humor. In 1993, Ek resigned as artistic director of the Cullberg Ballet but continues to create choreography and stage his repertory for dance companies around the world. Ek has created for the Hamburg Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Paris Opéra Ballet, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and has produced choreography for television.