Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announces 35th-anniversary premiere

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, with America Windows by Marc Chagall at the Art Institute of Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, with America Windows by Marc Chagall at the Art Institute of Chicago Photograph: Zachary Whittenburg

Alejandro Cerrudo’s dances tend to be dark, but a new full-evening work to premiere in October may let in more light.


At a press conference this morning at the Art Institute of Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announced that its first and only resident choreographer will kick off Hubbard’s 35th-anniversary season with a standalone piece set to Philip Glass, inspired by Marc Chagall’s America Windows, October 18–21, 2012 at the Harris Theater.


Cerrudo’s choice of Glass music for a piece about windows was “absolutely not” a pun, he assured reporters, after remarks from Mary Sue Glosser, AIC’s creative director of lectures and performance programs, HSDC directors Glenn Edgerton and Jason Palmquist, and city DCASE commissioner Michelle T. Boone.


Said Glosser of Chagall and his often-dancerly creations, “Matters of gravity never bothered him much.” The Franco-Russian artist dedicated America Windows to Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1977, the same year that Hubbard Street gave its first public performances. Echoing that gesture, HSDC will dedicate Cerrudo’s to-be-titled choreography to the City of Chicago and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We all know that he’s crazy about dance,” Boone said of Emanuel, adding that the premiere falls in line with the mayor’s aims to make Chicago a “world leader in the very best in arts and culture.”


Cerrudo, 31 and prolific, says that he hopes Hubbard’s first evening-length, non-narrative work will feature most or all of its main and junior company members, and while there are no plans to tap an ensemble to perform the to-be-announced Glass pieces, “I will ask if we can make this happen,” he said. “Live music would be ideal.”


Little mortal jump, Cerrudo’s tenth original work for HSDC in four years, premieres March 15–18 during Hubbard’s Spring Series at the Harris, alongside Too Beaucoup by Sharon Eyal and Alonzo King’s Following the Subtle Current Upstream. Palmquist says the remainder of the company’s plans for its 35th season will be unveiled shortly thereafter.



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