International Commissioning Project

The development of new work is important here at Hubbard Street, and in line with that mission, every year the organization announces a call for entries to its International Commissioning Project (formerly named the National Choreographic Competition).

Through this annual competition, a program of the Choreographic Development Initiative, Hubbard Street identifies emerging choreographers to create original works for HS2, the second company of the internationally acclaimed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Hubbard Street is committed to working with artists of diverse experiences and backgrounds and utilizes the International Commissioning Project as a way to bring new voices into the repertoire.

The International Commissioning Project provides emerging choreographers two to three week artistic residencies, giving uninterrupted studio time and access to a world-renowned dance institution’s training company. Such invaluable resources are almost undoubtedly beyond the means of these young artists without this contest sponsored by HS2.

The winners collaborate with HS2 in-studio, teach master classes, and give informal showings of their works-in-progress. Residencies may take place in Chicago or elsewhere in the United States with HS2 partners.

Throughout the year, IC Project winners receive local, national, and international exposure as HS2 performs their creations, leading to additional opportunities for commissions and furthering the careers of these promising choreographers.

Celebrate 15 Years of Choreography While You Eat + Drink to the Beat
New works by 2014 IC Project choreographers Victor Alexander, Bryan Arias and Ihsan Rustem headline Hubbard Street 2’s Harris Theater engagement — part of the venue’s affordable and popular series “Eat to the Beat” — on Tuesday, December 16 at 5:30pm.

Tickets are just $5 — or catch the entire 2014–15 "Eat to the Beat" series with a $20 Lunchpass subscription!

Thank you for your interest in HS2's International Commissioning Project. Unfortunately, the deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting new applications for the 2014-15 season.

A new round of submissions will be accepted in the winter of 2014.

Selected choreographers will participate in a two to three week residency during the 2015-16 season to create an original work for some or all of the dancers of HS2. Residencies may take place in Chicago or elsewhere in the United States with HS2 presenting partners.

Questions? Please contact

Congratulations to the 2014 International Commissioning Project winners!

Victor Alexander
Bryan Arias
Ihsan Rustem

Click here for the press release and more information.

Past winners include:

Loni Landon
Alex Soares

Norbert De La Cruz III
Gregory Dolbashian

Maurya Kerr
Clébio Oliveira
Penny Saunders

Samar Haddad King
Dominic Walsh
Edgar Zendejas

Maurice Causey
Jonathan Fredrickson
Gabrielle Lamb

Terence Marling
Andrea Miller
Lesley Telford

Yarden Ronen
Janice Lancaster
Amy Raymond

Francisco Avina
Kyra Green
Edwaard Liang

Todd Williams
Gina Patterson

Steve Rooks
Johannes Wieland
D.A. Hoskins

Ayman Aaron Harper
Aszure Barton
Millicent M. Johnnie

Katarzyna Skarpetowska
Meredith Rainey
Camille A. Brown

Brian Enos
Alex Ketley
Priscilla Nathan-Murphy

Francisco Avina
Sonya Delwaide

Robert Battle
Jessica Lang