Years ago, back when I was seeking a career change from Corporate America to the Arts (with a capital "A"!), I interviewed at Hubbard Street Dance. They had a need for a marketing associate, and me, with virtually no marketing background nor arts experience to speak of, shockingly did not get a callback, er, a second interview. I was cut from the line at first call.
No matter. I've since licked my wounds and find myself constantly marveling at the work of this premiere contemporary dance company. And their new season -- their 35th! -- looks downright remarkable.
They kick things off this weekend with the world premiere of One Thousand Pieces. Choreographed by Hubbard Street's Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, this full-length piece features the music of Philip Glass and is inspired by Marc Chagall's America Windows on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. As the America Windows were dedicated to Mayor Daley, One Thousand Pieces is dedicated to Mayor Emanuel.
In December, world-renowned Swedish choreographer Mats Ek brings the Company premiere of Casi-Casa to Hubbard Street. This work, originally created for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, "resounds with emotion," promises press materials.
As the winter snows melts away, San Francisco's LINES ballet shares the stage with Hubbard Street in March in a unique program featuring a world premiere by LINES artistic director Alonzo King. Each company performs separately, then both companies take the stage in a first-ever collaborative performance.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg -- check out the full season lineup here.
Most Chicago-area performances are located at the Harris Theatre, located in Millennium Park. More info here>