Hubbard Street Studio Series

Hubbard Street, in partnership with local venues and presenters, is pleased to offer its Studio Series of master classes and workshops for Chicago’s advanced,
pre-professional and professional dancers.


Each Studio Series event is based on the work of dance artists performing in Chicago, or repertoire in production at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, led by internationally recognized artistic directors, dancers and choreographers. Space for all Studio Series events is limited and advance registration is required. Bookmark this page, as additional Hubbard Street Studio Series events will be announced on an ongoing basis.


Questions? Please contact Meredith Dincolo at
workshops@hubbardstreetdance.com.


Pictured from left to right: Rashaun Mitchell, Cori Kresge, Melissa Toogood, Silas Riener, Kristen Foote, and David Rafael Botana. Photo: © Mick Bello / EMPAC



Studio Series with Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Reiner
Friday, March 24, 2017 from 2 to 4pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$25 per person, limit 30 participants.
For advanced/professional dancers



Drawn from Rashaun and Silas' own current choreographic interests, this movement class is designed to engage multiple facets of the self at once while sharpening basic skills for organizing and articulating the body. The class will move through a guided warm-up, generating pleasure and joy as a way to alleviate tension and anxiety. Participants will fall off center in order to locate multiple centers. They will move towards more complexity in the phrase work, focusing on anatomical clarity drawn from components of Cunningham technique, and elements of the pair's current repertory.

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As a class participant, you receive a 50% discount on one regular-priced ticket to Tesseract at the MCA. To purchase your discounted ticket, please call the MCA Box Office at 312-397-4010, or stop by during regular museum hours. Just mention you have registered for this master class and the discount will be applied.




Since 2010, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener have created dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation into challenging multifaceted performance. After working together for years in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener developed a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. Their collaborative work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, and traditional proscenium pieces to highly crafted and intimate, immersive experiences. Historical influences and aesthetic forms collapse into a visually charged hybrid physical language. Together they have been part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program, the New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, and have been artists in residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Pieter. Their work has been presented at MOMA PS1 as part of Greater NY, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, the Vail International Dance Festival, REDCAT, ICA Boston, and the O Miami Poetry Festival.


 


 

PAST WORKSHOPS






Repertory Workshop with Africa Guzman — the works of Nacho Duato

Friday, March 3, 2017 from 4 to 6pm*
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$40 per person, limit 30 participants.

Advance registration required, registration closes at midnight Friday March 3.
For advanced/professional dancers

*Dancers, please be warmed up to begin with repertoire at 4pm.


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Africa Guzman was born in Madrid, Spain. She began her training with her mother at the “Escuela de Ballet Africa Guzmán” and continued at the “Escuela del Ballet Nacional de España” directed by Lola de Avila. In 2007, Africa furthered her education with a “Superior degree in Dance. Specialty: Choreography and Dance Interpretation Techniques”. In January 1988, she joined “Compañía Nacional de Danza” directed by Maya Plisetskaya where she danced principal roles in numerous ballets. Under Nacho Duato’s artistic direction with CND, Africa was promoted to Principal Dancer. Africa had a long career with CND and has played an integral role in a multitude of Duato’s work from 1990 to 2010. Africa danced with “Netherland Dans Theater” under Glenn Edgerton´s direction from 2003 to 2005. Africa’s artistic career includes working with numerous choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Hans Van Manen, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Angelin Prejolcaj, Olga Roriz, Paul Norton, Nicolo Fonte, Örjan Anderson, Gustavo Ramirez, Meryl Tankartd, André Gingras and many more. Her choreographed works have led her to create pieces for the Joffrey Ballet School, the Alvin Ailey School in New York, the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya, and Ballet Joven Africa Guzmán in Madrid. Africa has also been teaching and setting ballets at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, with Ballet Nacional del Sodre in Montevideo under Julio Bocca´s direction, The Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague, The Finnish National Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet and the School of Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland.



Master Class with Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley of CCN-Ballet de Lorraine: “Choreographic Principles”



Friday, February 17, 2017 from 3 to 5pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$25 per person, limit 30 participants.
For advanced/professional dancers


Attention Dancers:
The Master Class with Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley of CCN-Ballet de Lorraine has been cancelled.

Please contact
workshops@hubbardstreetdance.com for any questions.


Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley lead a master class influenced by the technique and ideas core to Cunningham’s work through the lens of what is current in movement practice and invention. Jacobsson and Caley have choreographed large works for the stage, a musical, installation/performances, and site-specific happenings. The diversity of projects, and by choice hard to classify, derives from an interest in the individuality of each creation. These differences, and confrontations with elements that they are unaccustomed to, gives a desired uncertainty, obliging a curiosity in searching for other modes of production process. This class draws on these ideas of renewal. The workshop will include a warmup/class and will then work with Jacobsson and Caley’s choreographic principles.

Participants receive 50% off one regular-priced ticket to Tesseract at MCA.
Presented in conjunction with Ballet de Lorraine performances at MCA Stage, 18-19 February 2017. For details visit mcachicago.org/stage.

CCN- Ballet de Lorraine, “Sounddance.” Photo by Laurent Philippe.


 



Master Class with Andrea Weber of Merce Cunningham Dance Company


Friday, February 10, 2017 from 3 to 5pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$25 per person, limit 30 participants.
For Intermediate and Advanced/Professional Dancers



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Andrea Weber, a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2004-2011, introduces participants to Merce Cunningham’s technique and the use of chance procedures as a choreographic tool. Designed for intermediate to advanced students and professionals, the class begins with a warm-up: a series of simple exercises to get everyone moving and promote precision and spatial acuity. Weber then guides participants to experiment with chance procedures to invent and sequence their own original movement. These phrases will incorporate everyday movement like walking, running, sitting, leaning and skipping. Using chance, people will share and arrange these phrases in different ways to see what is possible. To conclude, Weber invites participants to ask questions and reflect on what they created.

Registration includes free admission to MCA galleries on February 11-12, 2017.

Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Andrea Weber (center) and fellow dancers of MCDC in DIA: Beacon Event. Photo by Stephanie Berger (2008). Photo courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust.

Andrea Weber

ANDREA WEBER was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2004 - 2011, performing roles in over 25 works. Andrea is on faculty of the Merce Cunningham Trust, teaching Cunningham Technique® at New York City Center and the Joffrey Ballet Trainee program. She has also taught at SUNY Purchase, Brown University, Skidmore College, the American Dance Festival, ArcDanz Festival, NYU Tisch, ABT Studio Company, Salem State College and Dance New Amsterdam. Andrea has staged Pond Way for Ballett am Rhein and Ballet Vlaanderen, Suite for Five for the CNSMD in Lyon, R a inForest for the Stephen Petronio Company, and Sou nddance at UNCSA. Andrea has also danced with Coleman & Lemieux Compagnie, Dance Heginbotham, Jessica Lang Dance, Cornfield Dance, Jonah Bokaer, and Charlotte Griffin.


 

Studio Series Master Class with Brian Brooks

Sunday, October 30 from 1–3pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$25 per person, limit 30 participants.
Advance registration is required.


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This two-hour class mirrors the rehearsal process of Brian Brooks’s new work for Hubbard Street, premiering during the Season 39 Fall Series, November 17–20 at the Harris Theater. Brooks guides participants through a combination of physical warmup activities, choreographic sequences and creative methods, providing multiple points of entry and perspectives into his ways of creating and refining material. Through this series of explorations, source material taught by Brooks is altered by the participants in this class, encouraging dancers to further understand their own instincts.

BONUS: All registered participants will receive a promo code valid for discounted tickets to
Hubbard Street’s Season 39 Fall Series, November 17–20, 2016 at the Harris Theater, featuring world premieres by Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo, and repertory by Jiří Kylián.

Presented in partnership with the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in conjunction with Hubbard Street’s Season 39 Fall Series featuring world premieres by Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. The Choreographer in Residence at the Harris Theater is made possible by the Jay Franke and David Herro Choreographer in Residence Fund through the Imagine Campaign. More info and tickets.

Inaugural Harris Theater Choreographer in Residence Brian Brooks, left, in process with Hubbard Street Dancers Alice Klock and Michael Gross. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.



Studio Series Master Class with Dorrance Dance's Nicolas Young

Tuesday, November 1 from 6–8pm
at the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave at N Mies Van Der Rohe Way

$25 per person, limit 30 participants.


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Nicholas Young is a founding member of Dorrance Dance, and was a lead for nine years in the off-Broadway cast of STOMP. A master in combining locomotive tap footwork with contemporary physicality, he gives a class for advanced and professional dancers forefronting tap’s indigenous jazz vernacular as a major influence for club, experimental and street-dance forms.

BONUS: All registered participants will be offered MCA Member pricing for tickets to Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down, November 4–6, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Edlis Neeson Theater.

Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, in conjunction with Dorrance Dance’s ETM: Double Down, copresented with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Chicago Humanities Festival, and curated by Yolanda Cesta Cursach.

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie of Dorrance Dance. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

 

Nicholas Young

Nicholas Young is forging a new world of dance and music with his longtime collaborator, Michelle Dorrance. Winner of the 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Music Composition / Sound Design, Young produces a broad spectrum of sounds emerging from an electronic tap floor connected to MIDI controllers, commonly used by electronic dance music creators. Young entered Tapestry Dance Company at age 16, rising to principal dancer and resident choreographer under the direction of Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand. The Austin Critics Council named Young “Best Male Dancer” in 2001, honoring him again for “Best Choreography” in 2003. Since moving to New York City, Young has performed with Manhattan Tap, Rumba Tap, and Hoofing to Hitting with Jared Grimes; with “Jazz in Motion” with Sarah and LeeLa Petronio in Paris; and most recently with Dorrance Dance. He has led classes and workshops as a master teacher at festivals worldwide, including Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “Rhythm World,” where he has expanded his Institute for the Rhythmic Arts: a groundbreaking, integrated approach to foot, hand, body and vocal percussion.


 

Studio Series Master Class with Nan Jombang

Saturday, September 10 from noon–2pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$25 per person, limit 30 participants.
Advance registration is required.



On Saturday, September 10, join us for a truly unique, two-hour experience. Returning to the US for the first time since 2012, Indonesian contemporary dance company Nan Jombang kicks off our Fall 2016 Studio Series with a master class combining the traditional West Sumatran martial art of Silat Minangkabau with contemporary dance and body percussion. Directly from Nan Jombang founder and choreographer Eri Mefri, you’ll learn this distinctive form of contemporary dance which transcends language, and bursts open culturally specific movement traditions and heritage performance forms. Presented in partnership with Natya Dance Theatre, in conjunction with The Incomplete Gesture, a collaboration between Hema Rajagopalan and Eri Mefri, coming October 1 to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. More info and tickets.

Watch videos: Nan Jombang: Tarian Malam (Dances of Night)
Nan Jombang: Rantau Berbisik (Whispering of Exile)

 

 

Nan Jombang

Founded in 1983 by choreographer Eri Mefri, Nan Jombang is Indonesia’s leading contemporary dance company. Based in Padang, West Sumatra, Nan Jombang is rooted in Minangkabau traditions of martial arts, dance and percussion. The company strives to preserve local tradition alongside contemporary practice. Since its first international tour in 2004, Nan Jombang has grown into a world-renowned contemporary company with a thriving choreographic center and theater venue, Ladang Tari, on the edge of Padang on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Nan Jombang Dance practices endurance, rigorous discipline and integrity. These core philosophies guide them both onstage and off, including through numerous hardships like the 2009 Padang earthquake, which destroyed the company’s rehearsal space, claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people, and injured 3,000 others. In addition to the performance of their significant body of work, Nan Jombang serves a pivotal role in its community, facilitating a number of programs including mentorship, classes and instruction, and participation in local and international festivals. The company’s influence is invaluable to the West Sumatran community, as well as to the landscape of contemporary Indonesian performing arts.


 



Studio Series Workshop with Peter Chu

Saturday, September 17 from noon–4pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$65 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.


Choreographer Peter Chu creates works which push the physical bounds of movement, and bring sharp and liquid-like energies into contrast; these qualities and sensibilities guide the body toward seamless yet powerful movement. Inspired by the dynamic nature of emotions, Chu’s works depict movements that expand, contract, isolate, and undulate. Partnering and an innate wisdom of the body and mind are also integral elements to his choreography. Chu begins this four-hour workshop with a guided class fusing personal discovery with technical understanding, and mind-body familiarity. At the same time, he asks students to focus on free-form movement and spatial composition. Movement phrases are researched, deconstructed, and reconstructed with a focus on bringing forth a broad range of textures and qualities. Participation in a chuthis. ideas class develops your mindful approach to movement, strengthens your emotional control, and increases your ability to be out of control, when that is what’s necessary.

 

 

Peter Chu

Peter Chu began training as a competitive gymnast before nurturing his artistry at Dussich Dance Studio on Florida’s Merritt Island. Chu pushed further into his study of technique while making his first forays into choreography under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, where he was awarded the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography upon completion of his BFA. He has performed and toured internationally with Edgar Zendejas’ ezdanza, Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot, and BJM Danse, formerly Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal; his commercial work includes A New Day in Las Vegas, starring Celine Dion, and the lead role in singer Christina Perri’s music video for “Jar of Hearts.” In 2008, Chu formed the Las Vegas project-based company, chuthis., and recently presented his works Face Her and Smile Masking at Festival International de DansEncore, through a residency partnership with the West Las Vegas Library Theatre. Recipient of the prestigious 2010 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreography, his choreographic credits include two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox TV and the ARTV series Meneuse de Claques in Québec; original works for New Dialect, Orlando Ballet Theatre, Houston Met Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater’s Summer Intensive, the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival and others; and Naomi Stikeman’s Çaturn, consulted by Robert Lepage. Through chuthis. he has launched an annual Movement Intensive for technical and artistic development, also implementing chuthis. moves: customized workshops spanning two or three days. Chu has guest-taught and served as faculty for numerous programs and organizations throughout Canada and the U.S. including BODYTRAFFIC, Harvard University, Western Michigan University, the Movement Invention Project, the Dance Teacher Summit, and Springboard Danse Montréal. Visit chuthis.net to learn more.


 


Repertory Workshop featuring the works of Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo

Sunday June 5, 2016 from 10am–4pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$75 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.


This full-day intensive workshop highlights works by Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, creator of fourteen premieres and audience favorites for the organization including Blanco, Extremely Close, Lickety-Split, Little mortal jump, One Thousand Pieces, and PACOPEPEPLUTO. Attendees will learn and practice excerpted phrases and solo material from original cast members, in addition to receiving coaching from Cerrudo himself. All registered participants will also receive a code valid for discounted tickets to Hubbard Street + The Second City’s collaboration The Art of Falling, returning to the Harris Theater June 9–19.*


*This is valid for balcony seating for performances where balcony seating is available. This is not valid on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with any other offer. Code expires June 8. Online only.

 

Alejandro Cerrudo

Alejandro Cerrudo was born in Madrid, Spain and trained at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid. His professional career began in 1998 and includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Cerrudo joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005, was named Choreographic Fellow in 2008, and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. Fourteen works choreographed to date for Hubbard Street include collaborations with The Second City, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Nederlands Dans Theater. These pieces and additional commissions are in repertory at companies around the U.S. as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands; touring engagements have brought his work still further abroad, to audiences in Algeria, Canada, Morocco, and Spain. In March 2012, Pacific Northwest Ballet invited Cerrudo to choreograph his first work for the company, Memory Glow, upon receiving the Joyce Theater Foundation’s second Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance. Additional honors include an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists (2011), and a Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts (2012) for his acclaimed, first evening-length work, One Thousand Pieces. In March 2016, Switzerland’s Ballett Basel premieres his second evening-length work, Sleeping Beauty, at Theater Basel. Cerrudo was one of four choreographers invited by New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan to create and perform original duets for “Restless Creature,” and he is United States Artists’ 2014 USA Donnelley Fellow.

Improvisation + Creation with Meredith Dincolo + Carisa Barreca
Sunday May 22, 2016 from 2–5pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$45 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.


This special experience for students and performers is back by popular demand! Join Hubbard Street’s Meredith Dincolo and Carisa Barreca of The Second City for a unique, three-hour workshop with a combined focus on movement and theater. Attendees will investigate improvisation techniques from both practices, and participate in generative exercises, leading to the development of original work which will be shared at the end of the session. There are no prerequisites or degrees of experience necessary — whether you’re a full-time professional performer, or casually curious about live performance, all are welcome.

Participants will also receive a discounted ticket to Hubbard Street + The Second City's The Art of Falling*.

*This is valid for balcony seating for performances where balcony seating is available. This is not valid on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with any other offer. Code expires May 30. Online only.

 

Carisa Barreca

Carisa Barreca is overjoyed to be returning to the Harris Theater in June 2016 for the encore engagement of Hubbard Street + The Second City’s collaboration, The Art of Falling. Barreca is an alumna of The Second City’s e.t.c. stage, where she performed in three resident stage revues. She was also honored to work with The Second City at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, with Sir Patrick Stewart and Renée Fleming in The Second City Guide to the Opera. She was recently awarded Best Actress at The Midwest Independent Film Festival, for her work on the web series she also co-created, Doomsdate, online at doomsdateseries.com. You can follow Barreca’s infrequent and candy-fueled posts on Twitter @cinderisa.

Above right: Carisa Barreca.

Meredith Dincolo

Meredith Dincolo is Artistic Associate and Coordinator of Pre-Professional Programs at Hubbard Street, following 14 years as a company dancer, and work with Lyon Opéra Ballet and Nationaltheater Mannheim in Europe. Throughout her career as a dancer and performer, Meredith worked with and performed the works of Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Jorma Elo, Nacho Duato, Azsure Barton, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, John Jasperse, Maguy Marin, Tero Saarinen, Toru Shimazaki, Marguerite Donlon, Alejandro Cerrudo, Robin Mineko Williams, and William Forsythe. She is now responsible for the artistic development and coordination of Hubbard Street’s Intensive training programs, held each summer and throughout the year, having been an instructor since their inception in 2007. Meredith is currently developing new and unique opportunities for pre-professional and early-career dancers to intersect with and learn from company members, commissioned choreographers and guest artists. In fall 2014 Ms. Dincolo launched the Hubbard Street Studio Series of master classes and workshops, and she continues to serve on the Artistic Team as rehearsal assistant and technique coach, both for the main company and Hubbard Street 2. Meredith has also taught as Guest Ballet Master for such companies as Lyon Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Ballett Basel, and throughout the collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Above left: Meredith Dincolo, Hubbard Street Artistic Associate and Coordinator of Pre-Professional Programs. Photo by Cheryl Mann.


Master Class with Kyle Abraham
April 27, 2016 from 3:30–5:30pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$25 per person, limit 35 participants.

 

Hubbard Street and The Museum of Contemporary Art are delighted to present a Studio Series Master Class with founder and artistic director of Abraham.In.Motion, Kyle Abraham. This class with acclaimed choreographer Kyle Abraham will emphasize the four specific core values of exploration, musicality, abandonment, and intuition. An opening warm-up sequence will focus on encouraging fluidity of the spine, overall articulation, and core body strengthening, building afterward toward challenging, creative, and invigorating phrase work. Attendees will experience Abraham’s personalized, postmodern movement vocabulary as full of intricate gestures and fearless floorwork. Participants will receive MCA membership pricing for Abraham.In.Motion’s Chicago performances of When the Wolves Came In. Click here for some information about the performance. Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, in conjunction with Abraham.In.Motion’s performances of When the Wolves Came In at MCA..

Kyle Abraham

Kyle Abraham makes dances that balance vivid emotions and powerful issues. A dancer, choreographer, and director of the dance company Abraham.In.Motion, he often draws from his personal experiences to explore themes of adversity in his works. Trained in cello and piano from an early age, his pieces draw rich relationships between music and dance. Based in New York, Abraham began making a mark with Chicago audiences just two seasons ago when MCA Stage presented his heartfelt The Radio Show. His work returned to MCA Stage during Princess Grace Awards: New Works, Hubbard Street’s Season 37 Winter Series featuring Counterpoint, originally premiered during and commissioned by the Chicago Dancing Festival. Abraham has also been seen recently in Chicago at the Harris Theater, with The Serpent and the Smoke, a duet he created for himself and New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan as part of Whelan’s “Restless Creature.” A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Abraham has presented work with his company at prestigious venues across the United States and in Europe. He has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and New York Live Arts, and has received awards from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and United States Artists, among others.

Above left: Choreographer Kyle Abraham. Creative Commons, courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Above right: Samuel Asa Pratt and Catherine Ellis Kirk of Abraham.In.Motion in When the Wolves Came In. Choreography by Kyle Abraham. Photo by Tim Barden.



Technique + Forsythe Repertory with Jodie Gates
January 22, 2016 from 3–5pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$40 per person, limit 40 participants.

 

This two-hour workshop begins with an 80-minute class in contemporary ballet technique, informed by the current, field-leading syllabus developed by Jodie Gates for the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Attendees will then explore the choreography of William Forsythe through a 40-minute session based in phrasework from Enemy in the Figure, Forsythe’s seminal ballet combining set material and structured improvisations, and one of three acts comprising his landmark evening-length work Limb’s Theorem (1990). Hubbard Street’s first acquisition of Forsythe’s choreography, Enemy in the Figure entered the company’s repertoire in 2005. Premiere U.S. productions of Quintett and N.N.N.N. followed in 2012 and 2015, respectively, and the company also performs Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced.

Jodie Gates

Jodie Gates is Director and Vice Dean of the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California — a revolutionary new dance program which, in fall 2015, opened its doors to its first BFA class. At USC Kaufman she teaches ballet and pointe technique, repertory and contemporary partnering; and coaches professional dancers, mentors pre-professionals, and guides undergraduate and graduate students through their research and thesis projects. Gates has established a remarkable 30-year career as an educator, director, choreographer and dancer, marked by innovation, bold ideas, risk-taking and collaborative projects. Her performing career as an international guest artist, and principal with the Joffrey Ballet, William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, and Pennsylvania Ballet, brought her throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe, in addition to being featured in numerous television programs, and at celebrated festivals. Choreographer of more than 50 original dance works — called “visually compelling, powerful, beautiful” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and “richly textured and profound” by the Orange County Register — Gates has created for numerous companies including Ballet West, Cincinnati Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Colorado Ballet, ABT II, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, BalletX, Washington Ballet, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. As a staging artist, she has taught and produced productions of ballets by William Forsythe at the Paris Opéra Ballet, the Scottish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Prague National Theater, Zurich Opera Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, Houston Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. Gates is also the founding director of the award-winning Laguna Dance Festival, dedicated to dance education and presentation, with a mission to foster collaborations and develop audience awareness and community engagement. She has been recognized by the American Association of University Women for her leadership, dedication and contribution to the arts; acknowledged by American Ballet Theatre for her choreographic excellence as an Altria/ABT Fellow; honored as Artist of the Year by the city of Laguna Beach; and is a grantee of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works (NEW) Program. Left: Jodie Gates. Photo by Ralph Palumbo. Right: Jodie Gates in Approximate Sonata by William Forsythe. Photo by Ian Carney.

 





Technique and Repertory Workshop with Eric Beauchesne
Based on the Choreography of Crystal Pite
November 21, 2015 from noon–2pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd.

 

This two-hour workshop focuses on investigating Crystal Pite’s movement approach through improvisation and set material. While the improvisation session insists on revealing and uncovering articulations and timings in the body, the second part of the class spotlights a specific excerpt of repertoire, which participants will be invited to learn, examine and experience.

Eric Beauchesne

Born in Québec, Eric Beauchesne grew up fishing and hunting before discovering dance at age 16. He has been onstage with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Aszure Barton & Artists, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, as well as with Canadian contemporary dance icons such as La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Paul-André Fortier, Louise Lecavalier, and Crystal Pite. Performing with Kidd Pivot since 2004, Beauchesne currently collaborates with the company as rehearsal director, and stages Pite’s work on companies worldwide including Ballet BC, Cullberg Ballet, Staatstheater Nürnberg, the Royal Swedish Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has served as a guest teacher and faculty member for several programs and organizations including Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, BODYTRAFFIC, Springboard Danse Montréal, Ballet Junior de Genève, and the Dutch National Ballet Academy. In 2013, Beauchesne was appointed rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater and since then has been based in the Netherlands. He devotes most of his spare time advocating for climate justice and sustainable practices in the dance world. Photos by Michael Slobodian.

 





Twyla Tharp Company Master Classes
November 7, 2015 beginning at 10:30am and 12:15pm
in the Katten/Landau Studio at Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Fourth Floor
$20 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.






The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University offers two master classes with members of Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Tour to Chicago’s intermediate and advanced dancers. Learn from Tharp’s company artists and experience first-hand the innovations of her acclaimed works during these exclusive opportunities. Hubbard Street is proud to serve as a Promotional Partner for the Auditorium Theatre’s Twyla Tharp Company Master Classes in recognition of its 25-year relationship with the acclaimed choreographer, whose works in Hubbard Street’s repertoire feature six restagings including The Golden Section and Nine Sinatra Songs, and original creations I Remember Clifford (1995) and SCARLATTI (2012).


Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp is the choreographer of more than 135 dances and five Hollywood movies, and she has directed and choreographed four Broadway shows. Tharp is a 2008 Kennedy Center Honoree and she has received a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President’s Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, and the 2008 Jerome Robbins Prize. Her many grants include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to choreographing for her own companies and ensembles since 1965, she has created original dances for Hubbard Street, the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opéra Ballet, the Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her award-winning dance musical Movin’ Out, set to songs by Billy Joel, ran on Broadway for three years in addition to a three-year national tour; her film credits include Hair (1978), Ragtime (1980), Amadeus (1984), White Nights (1985), and I’ll Do Anything (1994). She choreographed Sue’s Leg for the inaugural episode of “Dance in America” on PBS, directed The Catherine Wheel for BBC Television, and co-directed Baryshnikov by Tharp (1985). A prolific author, Tharp’s books include her autobiography, Push Comes to Shove (1992); and two titles published by Simon and Schuster: The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life (2003), and The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together (2009). Visit twylatharp.org to learn more. Photo by Bill King.


Improvisation Technologies with Ayman Harper
September 12, 2015 from 2–4pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$40 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.


This workshop introduces actionable knowledge of William Forsythe’s innovative and influential Improvisation Technologies, which facilitate movement invention, manipulation and analysis in real time. Based on a series of physical modalities and targeted tasks, Improvisation Technologies promote greater imagination and receptivity, providing dancers with a set of skills that can be utilized in a broad range of contexts.

Ayman Aaron Harper

Ayman Aaron Harper was born in Houston, Texas in 1979 and trained in dance, choreography and gymnastics at Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre, while attending the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Harper began working professionally with Hubbard Street 2 at age 17 and, in 1999, joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Harper then worked as a dancer, stager and guest choreographer for William Forsythe at Ballett Frankfurt, beginning in 2001. Further developing his voice as an artist and choreographer, Harper has created works on The Forsythe Company, HS2 and NDT 2, Deutsches Nationaltheater, Bayerisches Staatsballett II and other companies, in addition to numerous university dance departments. His works draw from multiple creative media and include community-based projects, musical theater productions of West Side Story and Hair, and site-specific installations for unconventional dance spaces such as Rocket Park at NASA’s Space Center Houston. His many collaborators have included musicians Arto Lindsay and Matmos, Alexander Ekman, Ivan Liska, Pierre Pontvianne, Tino Sehgal, Richard Siegal, and Mario Alberto Zambrano. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Harper is a freelance choreographer, dancer, staging artist, teacher, and guest professor at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS) in Brussels. Photo by Florian Jaenicke.


Master Class with Amancio Gonzalez
September 13, 2015 from noon–1:30pm

at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$25 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.




Amancio Gonzalez leads a 90-minute session structured as a ballet class, informed by improvisation techniques and 16 years working with William Forsythe, and drawing from the ideas and principles employed at Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company. This master class is designed to help students develop their dynamics and musicality, engage their working minds through the joy of movement, and achieve more conscious relationships between their bodies and space.

Amancio Gonzalez

Amancio Gonzalez began dancing at age 20 in Bilbao, Spain, at the studios of Ballet Ion Beitia, and continued his studies in France at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, with José Ferran, Daniel Frank and Rosella Hightower, among others. At age 24 he began his professional career, performing in Glasgow with the Scottish Ballet, under the artistic direction of Galina Samsova; in South Africa with NAPAC Dance Company; and in the Netherlands with De Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Reflex Dance Company, and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Gonzalez then relocated to Germany to join William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, continuing with The Forsythe Company through its 2014–15 season. He remains active as a ballet master, repetiteur, and instructor for Forsythe repertory and Improvisation Technologies workshops. Photos by Dominik Mentzos, left, and Jesus Vallinas.



William Forsythe Repertory Workshop with Cyril Baldy
October 10, 2015 from 10:30am–12:30pm
at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd.
$40 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.




Through Cyril Baldy’s focused, detail-oriented coaching within movement phrases borrowed directly from major works including Duo (1996), participants will grow their understanding of the intellectual and physical methods at play in Forsythe’s choreography. Attendees should expect to be challenged by tasks requiring high levels of spatial awareness, complex coordinations of action, responsiveness to rhythmic variation, and instantaneous problem-solving.

Cyril Baldy

Cyril Baldy studied ballet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in his native France. He then worked professionally with the Jeune Ballet de France, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and NDT 1, and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt before continuing as a member of The Forsythe Company from 2005–14. He has since led numerous classes and workshops, developed his own choreography, and staged works by William Forsythe internationally. Co-creator of his own art-direction company, Sad, Baldy has also modeled for Maison Martin Margiela, H&M, Minä Perhonen and Bernhard Willhelm. Visit sadfornoreason.com to learn more. Photos by Dominik Mentzos.




Full-Day Alejandro Cerrudo Choreography Workshop


WHEN:
June 6, 2015 from 12–6 pm
WHERE: Hubbard Street Dance Center,
1147 W Jackson Blvd.

$75 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.






In residence at Hubbard Street for six seasons, Alejandro Cerrudo has consistently reinvented himself as a choreographer, creating unpredictable, immersive works that delight both seasoned dance audiences and newcomers to the art form. During preparations for his 14th original work for Hubbard Street — premiering during the company’s Summer Series at the Harris Theater — this workshop offers a deep dive into Cerrudo’s complex movement vocabulary and rich musicality. Workshop attendees will be taught by Cerrudo’s longtime collaborators, with Cerrudo himself joining for final feedback and coaching.

Alejandro Cerrudo

Alejandro Cerrudo was born in Madrid, Spain and trained at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid. His professional career began in 1998 and includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Cerrudo joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005, was named Choreographic Fellow in 2008, and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. Thirteen works choreographed to date for Hubbard Street include collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. These pieces and additional commissions are in repertory at companies around the U.S. as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands; touring engagements have brought his work still further abroad, to audiences in Algeria, Canada, Morocco and Spain. In March 2012, Pacific Northwest Ballet invited Cerrudo to choreograph his first work for the company, Memory Glow, upon receiving the Joyce Theater Foundation’s second Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance. Additional honors include an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists (2011), and a Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts (2012) for his acclaimed, first evening-length work, One Thousand Pieces. Cerrudo is one of four choreographers invited by New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan to create and perform original duets for “Restless Creature,” and he was recently announced the 2014 USA Donnelley Fellow by United States Artists. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

 



Choreography Workshop with Peter Chu




WHEN:
March 1, 2015 from 12–2 pm
WHERE: Hubbard Street Dance Center,
1147 W Jackson Blvd.

$40 per person, limit 40 participants.
Advance registration is required.









Longtime Kidd Pivot company member and regular repetiteur for its founder, Crystal Pite, Peter Chu comes to Chicago to stage the first production of Pite’s choreography at Hubbard Street, the solo A Picture of You Falling excerpted from The You Show, also part of Hubbard Street’s Spring Series at the Harris Theater. Both an expert in Pite’s intricate, kinetic approach to movement and an established choreographer in his own right, Chu’s workshop will present attendees with a broad spectrum of satisfying and surprising movement challenges.

About Peter Chu

Peter Chu began training as a competitive gymnast before nurturing his artistry at Dussich Dance Studio on Florida’s Merritt Island. Chu pushed further into his study of technique while making his first forays into choreography under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, where he was awarded the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography upon completion of his BFA. He has performed and toured internationally with Edgar Zendejas’ ezdanza, Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot, and BJM Danse, formerly Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal; his commercial work includes A New Day in Las Vegas, starring Celine Dion, and the lead role in singer Christina Perri’s music video for “Jar of Hearts.” Choreographic credits include two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox TV and the ARTV series Meneuse de Claques in Québec; original works for Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Orlando Ballet Theatre, Houston Met Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater’s Summer Intensive and the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival; and Naomi Stikeman’s Çaturn, consulted by Robert Lepage. Chu has guest-taught and served as faculty for numerous programs and organizations throughout Canada and the U.S. including BODYTRAFFIC, the 24 SEVEN Dance Convention, Western Michigan University, the Movement Invention Project and Springboard Danse Montréal. In 2008, Chu formed his own project-based company, chuthis, which has offered intensive programs in Fresno and Costa Rica, and presented its popular production Nothing Sticks in Vancouver, Las Vegas and New York City. He recently commenced a new solo while in residence at Vancouver’s theater and gallery for contemporary art, The Cultch; the project premieres in spring 2015 at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre. Visit chuthis.net to learn more. Photo by Levi Walker.



Master Class with Wendy Whelan



WHEN:
January 18, 2015 from 11 am1 pm
WHERE: 205 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL



Underwritten by and held onstage at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance
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Called America’s “greatest contemporary ballerina” by The New York Times, Wendy Whelan currently stars in Restless Creature, a unique program of four duets by choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. Ahead of the sole Chicago performance during Restless Creature’s international tour, on January 21, Hubbard Street is delighted to co-present this onstage master class, underwritten by the Harris Theater as part of its commitment to connecting Chicago’s gifted young people with the field-leading artists that appear on its stage. Whelan will share her expertise in classical ballet technique and the incredible range of her artistry, gained through more than 30 years of experience working with the most celebrated and esteemed dancemakers of our time.

About Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where at the age of three she began taking dance classes with Virginia Wooton, a local teacher. At age eight she performed as a mouse with the Louisville Ballet in its annual production of The Nutcracker. Joining the Louisville Ballet Academy that year, she began intense professional ballet training. In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, and a year later, became a full-time student there. In 1984, Whelan danced as an apprentice with New York City Ballet, became a member of the company’s corps de ballet in January 1986, was promoted to soloist in 1989, and promoted again to principal dancer in 1991. Whelan has worked with numerous choreographers including Christopher d’Amboise, Ulysses Dove, Boris Eifman, Jorma Elo, Albert Evans, William Forsythe, Edwaard Liang, Peter Martins, Wayne McGregor, Kevin O’Day, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Christopher Wheeldon, often originating featured roles. The recipient of a Dance Magazine Award in 2007, Whelan has toured extensively and worldwide, performing as a guest artist with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and the ballet of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre. She appeared as “Coffee” in the 1993 film version of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, produced by Elektra Entertainment/New Regency Enterprises; on PBS in the nationally televised Live from Lincoln Center broadcast “New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography” in 2002; and in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of “Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100” in 2004. Photo by Nisian Hughes.



Choreography Workshop with Gustavo Ramírez Sansano


WHEN:
January 11, 2015 from 2–4 pm
WHERE: Hubbard Street Dance Center,
1147 W Jackson Blvd.



Made possible by Commissioning Sponsor the Harris Theater for Music and Dance
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Gustavo Ramírez Sansano leads an exclusive workshop during his creative process for I am Mister B, commissioned by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and premiering as part of Hubbard Street’s Season 37 Spring Series, March 12–15, 2015. Workshop attendees will practice elements of Ramírez Sansano’s specialized technique in a studio environment, then put them to use learning choreography from his repertoire.

About Gustavo Ramírez Sansano

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano was artistic director of Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009–13 following four years directing proyectoTITOYAYA in Valencia, Spain. Sansano begins in June 2015 as artistic director of National Dance Company Wales, the Cardiff-based company for which he created Quixoteland in 2011. Awards and recognitions he’s received for his choreography include first prizes at the Ricard Moragas competition in Barcelona, the Prix Dom Pérignon in Hamburg, and Las Artes Escénicas de la Comunidad Valenciana. International companies that have commissioned new works by Ramírez Sansano include Balé Teatro Guaíra, Ballet BC, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Junior de Genève, BalletMet Columbus, Balletto dell’Esperia, Budapest Dance Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Gyori Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, IT Dansa, Nederlands Dans Theater, Norrdans, Otra Danza and TanzTheater München. During his career onstage, Ramírez Sansano performed works by choreographers Jacopo Godani, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, Paul Lightfoot, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Victor Ullate and others, often originating roles, at Ballet Joven de Alicante, Ballet Contemporáneo de Barcelona, Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Ramírez Sansano was named one of 15 choreographers to watch by POR LA DANZA magazine for its 15th anniversary, one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, and a Chicagoan of the Year in the arts and entertainment by the Chicago Tribune in 2012. Photo by Jonathan Mackoff.



Commissioning Sponsor, Choreography Workshop with Gustavo Ramírez Sansano and
Underwriter, Master Class with Wendy Whelan