International Commissioning Project

The development of new work is of key importance at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. As part of its mission to identify and nurture young choreographers, Hubbard Street 2 (HS2) initiated the National Choreographic Competition in 1999.

Renamed the International Commissioning Project (IC Project) for its 15th anniversary, the program continues to provide residencies to choreographers, offering them the opportunity to create original works for HS2’s dancers and to conduct master classes.

Hubbard Street is pleased to announce its call for proposals for IC Project residencies in 2016. Applications will be accepted November 9, 2015 through January 9, 2016.

About the International Commissioning Project

The IC Project — part of Hubbard Street’s Choreographic Development Initiative — has gained an esteemed reputation, international recognition, and produced 43 original works to date. Notable grantees include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Camille A. Brown, Norbert De La Cruz III, Gregory Dolbashian, Jonathan Fredrickson, Shannon Gillen, Ayman Aaron Harper, Maurya Kerr, Alex Ketley, Gabrielle Lamb, Jessica Lang, Edwaard Liang, Andrea Miller, Yarden Ronen, Ihsan Rustem, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Samar Haddad King, Dominic Walsh, Yin Yue, and Edgar Zendejas.

Learn more about the International Commissioning Project

HS2 2015–16 Season promo on YouTube
The majority of HS2’s 2015–16 Season choreography, as seen in this video by HMS Media, was developed for IC Project creations by Bryan Arias, Victor Alexander, and Ihsan Rustem.

“The next wave for Hubbard Street 2”
Laura Molzahn reports for the Chicago Tribune.

"Here we Grow"
HS2 alumna Lissa Smith reflects on teaching her Summer Intensive students HS2 repertoire developed through the program in 2013.

About the Process

HS2 Director Terence Marling and Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton encourage experienced dancemakers to apply for commissions through HS2’s 17th annual International Commissioning Project.

About Your Proposal

To apply for consideration, please fill out the easy online application form, which will prompt you to provide:

  • A Vimeo or YouTube link to at least one complete choreographic work
  • Details regarding your dates of availability
  • Your current professional biography
  • A proposal of choreographic intent, maximum 1000 words
  • Information about any existing recordings of music you may use
  • A $15 Application Fee, payable through the donation module on

These applications and materials must be submitted via the online form by January 9, 2016.
2016 IC Project choreographers will create and premiere their works during Hubbard Street 2’s 2016–17 season.

Questions about the application process or program details are welcome via email to

Congratulations to the 2015 International Commissioning Project winners!

Shannon Gillen
Yin Yue

Click here for the press release and more information.

Past winners include:

Victor Alexander
Bryan Arias
Ihsan Rustem

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