Alejandro Cerrudo, Choreography
Alexandre Desplat, Patrick Doyle, Arvo Pärt, David Lang, Music
Tom Visser, Lighting Design
Carlijn Petermeijer, Costume Design

Featuring music from the film, “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” composed by French composer Alexandre Desplat, Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s Malditos is a collaborative effort between Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Spending half his creative process in The Hague, Netherlands, and half at Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago, Cerrudo draws inspiration from the dancers of both companies to create an amalgam of intimate, constantly shifting movement that emphasize both panic and passion. In working with two companies, Cerrudo aimed to blend each company’s respective movement styles with the same foundation of choreography. Ultimately, the piece takes shape in different ways. “[The piece] was a real challenge, says HSDC dancer, Pablo Piantino. “It was interesting, trying to achieve similar movement, as well as add our own interpretation to what other dancers had created.”

The literal translation meaning “damn,” Malditos is a work for eight dancers, connecting two continents through the universal language of dance.

Created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and premiered by NDT2 at Lucent Danstheater in The Hague, Netherlands in October 2010. Premiered by Hubbard Street at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in November 12, 2010. Technical support provided by DANCE Cleveland, Cleveland, OH. Music by Alexandre Desplat: "De battre mon coeur s’est arrête: suite" and "Une Odeur de Meurtre" from the album Jacques Audiard released by Silva Screen Records, Ltd. Music by Patrick Doyle: "The Visitor" from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Sleuth, released by Colosseum Music Entertainment GmbH. Music by Arvo Pärt: “Passacaglia,” from the album De Profundis as recorded by Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica for Nonesuch Records. Music by David Lang: “Stick Figure,” from the album Child released by Canteloupe Music.

Malditos is sponsored by members of the Choreographer's Circle: John and Caroline Ballantine, Marc Miller and Chris Horsman and Ellis and Sally Regenbogen. The development of Malditos was supported in part by the Choreographic Fellowship, made possible by a gift from the Davee Foundation.

Meet The Choreographer

Alejandro Cerrudo, born in Madrid, Spain, received his training at the Real Conservatorio Professional de Danza de Madrid. After becoming a professional dancer in 1998 Cerrudo’s dance career has been shaped and enriched by various dance companies including Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and, since 2005, by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2008 Cerrudo was named Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellow and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. Cerrudo has created several works for Hubbard Street and for the company’s unique collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. Cerrudo’s works are being performed by dance companies around the U.S. and the world, including Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and Australia. Always dancing and constantly creating, Cerrudo was honored with an award from The Boomerang Fund for Artists in 2011.

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