Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Rep at Northrop Includes Work by Modern Choreographer Crystal Pite

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Rep at Northrop Includes Work by Modern Choreographer Crystal Pite

The repertory for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's 40th anniversary performance at Northrop on Jan 27, 7:30 pm, has been updated to feature celebrated choreographer Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling instead of The Golden Section by Twyla Tharp.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has been a major force in American contemporary dance for 40 years, and this anniversary program highlights each decade of the company's success with pieces in reverse chronological order. The program is part of Northrop's 2017//18 Dance Season.

The rest of the company's performance program will remain the same as originally announced: One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe, Violoncello (a duet from Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness) by Nacho Duato, Jardí Tancat also by Duato, Georgia by Hubbard Street founding artistic director Lou Conte, and Conte's famous The 40s selection.

Northrop Presents
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Sat, Jan 27, 7:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage

One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe
A Picture of You Falling (duet) by Crystal Pite
Violoncello (a duet from Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness) by Nacho Duato
Jardí Tancat by Nacho Duato
Georgia by Lou Conte
The 40s by Lou Conte

Award-winning choreographer William Forsythe hurtles Hubbard Street dancers (and 20 metal tables) to the clatteringly contemporary present in One Flat Thing, reproduced. Known for its great theatrical intensity that brings new meaning to the terms "ballet" and "dance," Forsythe's work investigates modern movement from a variety of visual perspectives.

Next, as a mesmerizingly breathtaking duet, A Picture of You Falling exemplifies Pite's fascination with familiar storylines of love, conflict and loss, and the body's role in providing the illustrative shape of those stories.

Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato's work and lyrical style in Violoncello (a duet from Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness) and Jardi Tancat can only be described as hauntingly beautiful. Violoncello is a captivating, contemporary duet performed among the sounds of a cello. Taken from a ballet about musical composer Sebastian J. Bach, it brings his baroque musical score and style to life while expanding on modern movement. Duato's stunning piece Jardi Tancatfeatures the daily life of hardship, love and loss of people diligently working against poor conditions in barren fields.

Finally, admired former artistic director and company founder Lou Conte's work will be showcased. Hubbard Street will revive Conte's duet Georgia, set to Willie Nelson's Georgia on My Mind, and close the performance with its full-company, signature piece of The 40's. The LA Times says The 40's is "an inventive, quintessential Conte ensemble work in its use of the old standards [with its] borrowed big-band sounds and the jitterbug dance forms of the period."

With music by Owen Belton and original text created by Pite herself, Hubbard Street first presented a solo excerpt of A Picture of You Falling in 2014.

This is not the first time Pite's work has transformed the Northrop stage. Last February, her Canadian dance company, Kidd Pivot, joined forces with the Electric Theater Company to produce the remarkable Betroffenheit, a gripping, visual work exploring the journey of personal trauma, addiction, and recovery.

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