Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Returns with a Special 40th Anniversary Program
One of America’s most influential contemporary dance companies presents the works of choreographers William Forsythe, Robyn Mineko Williams and Nacho Duato.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: 40th Anniversary Tour
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8pm
Tickets: $55, $65, $150
First presented by the Barclay nearly 27 years ago under the auspices of its founding artistic director, Lou Conte, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has become one of America’s most influential contemporary dance companies. The company is known now for its eclectic, international repertory and for its impeccable dancers.
In celebration of the company's 40th anniversary, Glenn Edgerton, the current artistic director and company visionary, will curate a special program including works from choreographers such as William Forsythe, Robyn Mineko Williams and Nacho Duato.
Robyn Mineko Williams
Jherek Bischoff, Emitt Rhodes, Sufjan Stevens, Julie London, Olafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott
ViolinCello (Duet from Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness.)
Johann Sebastian Bach
María del Mar Bonet
“Water, we asked for water; And You, oh Lord, You gave us wind; And You turn Your back to us; As though You will not listen to us.” This appeal is portrayed in the powerful movements of three couples, who are occupied with the sowing, planting and threshing of the barren Catalonian land.
One Flat Thing, reproduced
Choreography, Lighting and Stage Design
Ayman Aaron Harper, Cyril Baldy, Amancio Gonzalez, Mario Alberto Zambrano
One Flat Thing, reproduced begins with a roar: Twenty tables, like jagged rafts of ice, fly forward and become the surface, the underground and the sky inhabited by a ferocious flight of dancers. This pack of bodies rages with alacrity, whipping razor-like in perilous waves. Its score, by composer and longtime Forsythe collaborator Thom Willems, begins quietly before becoming a gale, gathering sonic force as the dancers’ bodies produce a voracious and detailed storm of movement.
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 Season 40 in 2017–18, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, Hubbard Street continues to innovate, supporting ascendant creative talent while presenting repertory by internationally recognized living artists. Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms alongside the Lou Conte Dance Studio — now in its fifth decade of providing a wide range of public classes and pre-professional training — while extensive Youth, Education, Community, Adaptive Dance and Family Programs keep the organization deeply connected to its hometown. Visit hubbardstreetdance.com for artist profiles, touring schedules, and much more.
Nacho Duato, born in Valencia, Spain, started professional ballet training with the Rambert School in London at 18, expanding studies at Maurice Béjart's Mudra School in Brussels and completing his dance education at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York. In 1980, Duato signed his first professional contract with the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm and a year later Jiří Kylián brought him to the Nederlands Dans Theater in Holland, where he was quickly incorporated into company and repertoire. His first choreographic attempt in 1983 turned into a major success: Jardí Tancat, set to Spanish/Catalan music by compatriot Ma del Mar Bonet, won him the first prize at the International Choreographic Workshop (Internationaler Choreographischer Wettbewerb) at Cologne. Duato has created more than a dozen works for the two companies of Nederlands Dans Theater and in 1988 was named Resident Choreographer next to Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián. His ballets form part of the repertoire of such companies as Paris Opera, Cullberg Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Deutche Opera Ballet, Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet Gulbenkian, Finish Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Singapore Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, North Carolina Dance Theatre, The Boston Ballet, The Gothenburg Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, Ballet du Rhin, Teatro Comunale Florence, National Ballet of Portugal, The Norwegian National Ballet, New National Theatre, Tokyo, the Universal Ballet, Stars Foundation Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, Bolshoi Ballet, etc. Since June 1990 and until July 2010, Nacho Duato was the artistic director of Compañía Nacional de Danza (Madrid, Spain). In 1995, he received the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which is annually given by the French Embassy in Spain. In 1998, the Spanish government awarded him the Golden Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts. IN 2000, at the Stuttgart Opera, he received the Benois de la Danse, one of the most prestigious international awards for choreography, presented by the International Dance Association for his ballet Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness. In January 2011, he assumed the position of artistic director of Mikhailovsky Ballet (Saint Petersburg, Russia). In 2014, he became the artistic director of Staatsballett Berlin.
Raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long, William Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later with the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed resident choreographer in 1976. Over the next seven years, he created new works for the Stuttgart ensemble and ballet companies throughout Europe and the United States. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of Ballett Frankfurt, where he created works such as Artifact (1984), Impressing the Czar (1988), Limb’s Theorem (1990), The Loss of Small Detail (1991, in collaboration with composer Thom Willems and designer Issey Miyake), Eidos: Telos (1995), Endless House (1999), Kammer/Kammer (2000) and Decreation (2003). After the closure of Ballett Frankfurt in 2004, Forsythe established a new, more independent ensemble, The Forsythe Company, founded with the support of the German states of Saxony and Hesse, the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main, and private sponsors. His works are prominently featured in the repertoires of virtually every major ballet company in the world, including the Mariinsky Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, London’s Royal Ballet and the Paris Opéra Ballet. Awards received by Forsythe and his ensembles include four New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards and three Laurence Olivier Awards in the U.K.; he has been conveyed the title of Commandeur des Arts et Lettres by the government of France; and he has received the German Distinguished Service Cross, the Wexner Prize, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, the Samuel H. Scripps / American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Swedish Carina Ari Medal. Forsythe has also been commissioned to produce architectural and performance installations by, among others, architect-artist Daniel Libeskind, ARTANGEL, Creative Time, and the SKD–Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. As an educator, Forsythe is regularly invited to lecture and give workshops at universities and cultural institutions. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from The Juilliard School in New York City. Forsythe is currently a professor of dance and artistic advisor for the Choreographic Institute at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Visit williamforsythe.de to learn more.
Robyn Mineko Williams began her career at River North Dance Chicago, followed by twelve seasons as a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, during which she performed choreography by renowned artists including Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe and Johan Inger, and originated roles in new works by Jorma Elo, Sharon Eyal, Twyla Tharp and Lar Lubovitch, among others. She began making her own work in 2001 through Hubbard Street’s Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop and has since created multiple premieres for Hubbard Street’s main company and HS2. Williams has made work for Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, GroundWorks Dance Theater, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Visceral Dance Chicago; and has presented at venues such as The Kennedy Center, the American Dance Festival, and the Joyce Theater. Dance Magazine named Williams one of “25 to Watch” for 2014. She was one of two winners in 2012 of Northwest Dance Project’s Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition; In 2013, she received the Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship and was selected as an emerging choreographer for Springboard Danse Montréal. In 2015, she completed a Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and received a Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission Award from the Princess Grace Foundation in support of HS2 + Manual Cinema’s Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure. In 2016, Williams launched her independent project, Undercover Episodes. She was selected as one of NewCity’s “Players 2016: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago;” and was named Best Choreographer in 2016 Best of Chicago by Chicago magazine.
HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO PROFILES
Glenn Edgerton (Artistic Director) 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 1 for a decade and presenting the works of Jiří 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 as artistic director, 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.
Lou Conte (Founding Artistic Director), after a performing career that included roles in Broadway musicals such as Cabaret, Mame and How 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 1990’s, acquiring seven of her works as well as original choreography. It then became an international enterprise with the inclusion of works by Jiří 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 a 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, and in 2014, was named one of five inaugural recipients of the City of Chicago’s Fifth Star Award. 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.
The presentation of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is made possible by:
2017-2018 Season Sponsor City National Bank
National Endowment for the Arts
An Anonymous Fund of the Orange County Community Foundation
Media Partner: Performing Arts Live