From a backstage bathroom on the night of March 12 — just moments after the public health crisis forced the cancelation of our Spring Series — the Hubbard Street dancers sent a message of love and gratitude to our audience.
The night's performance would have been Ohad Naharin's Decadance/Chicago. It was sure to have been a career highlight for our dancers, and it would have been enjoyed by our largest Chicago audience in many years.
Here, the dancers send a moving message to the audience, to the sound of “Na Tum Jano Na hum” by Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai.
Create With Hubbard
At the outset of the public health crisis, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago put out a call for collaboration — a call to anyone who wanted to create and connect. We received hundreds of works from people seeking to share of themselves.
This video is the poignant result of the #CreateWithHubbard project. It brought together the Hubbard Street dancers, faculty, staff, and families — as well as hundreds of friends in the dance community around the world.
The concept was created by choreographer and former Hubbard Street dancer Robyn Mineko Williams. The video was edited by Hubbard Street dancer Adrienne Lipson. The music is provided by Third Coast Percussion.
ANA + MATS
World-renowned Spanish-Swedish dancer Ana Laguna and Swedish choreographer Mats Ek sit down to answer questions from the Hubbard Street dancers.
Ana and Mats share an iconic and powerful partnership not only in life, as husband and wife, but also as a creative artistic force. They talk about their creative processes, the world of contemporary dance, and staying connected during a global pandemic. Throughout the chat, their generosity and affection shines through.
Chat #WithHubbard is a series of conversations between the Hubbard Street dancers and important figures in the global dance community who we want to connect with at this time.
HS Pro + Chu + Gordon
As the COVID-19 crisis began to escalate, Peter Chu and Jenni Gordon were in their first week of creative process with the dancers in Hubbard Street’s Profession Program, HS Pro. All were heartbroken by the shutdown. But under the guidance of Alexandra Wells, Hubbard Street’s Director of Artist Training, they cultivated a remote learning program with efficiency and care.
While scattered across the globe, our dancers and guest artists showed resiliency and generosity. This film is a result of two weeks of learning alone, together. It reflects the healing power of art, and the brave expansion of horizons, and our ability to touch each other's hearts despite our physical distance.
Faces In Places
Created by Hubbard Street Dancer Elliot Hammans, “Faces in Places” is inspired by his meditation on the word ‘expression’ and the importance of nonverbal communication.
As the way dancers work shifts rapidly to adapt to the times we are living in now, this short film offers a look into the bizarre experience of maintaining community and holding on to our humanity in a solely digital space.
The film features the Hubbard Street Dancers, with Glenn Edgerton and Jonathan Alsberry. The music is "Triptan" by Third Coast Percussion.
Our Chat #WithHubbard series continues with a deeply engaging conversation with choreographer Aszure Barton.
Barton has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, American Ballet Theatre, Teatro alla Scala, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the English National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich and the Sydney Dance Company, among many others. Barton has a growing relationship with Hubbard Street.
Check out her warm exchange with the Hubbard Street Dancers!
"Craig Black and I thought it would be a great idea to bring the whole company together and make a piece of music with our bodies. Inspired by the amazing videos that have been circulating from musical groups all around the world (The Juilliard School, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and our dear friends Third Coast Percussion, to name a few), the Hubbard Street Dancers, Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton, Rehearsal Director Jessica Tong, Artistic Liaison Jonathan Alsberry, and Baby Cyrus all joined together to make this track. We thank you for indulging us this foray into musical composition, and we promise — next time we will just stick to dancing."
— Adrienne Lipson
HS PRO + LOGAN CENTER + U CHICAGO
UChicago Arts + Hubbard Street Professional Program (HS Pro) presented moving installations a stairway and a corridor, an evening of art, dance and music in an installation setting at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The performance featured the dancers of HS Pro in original creations by Robyn Mineko Williams + Melina Ausikaitis and Jenna Pollack + E.LEE and marked our final live performances just before the Illinois stay at home mandate went into effect. Although not anticipated, it was a grandiose finale. The performances were part of a broader residency facilitated by UChicago’s Dance Program in Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS).
In the Red
Creation by Jenna Pollack and E.LEE in collaboration with the HS Pro dancers and with the assistance of Kelsey Matsch. Collaboration with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and the University of Chicago’s Dance Program in Theater and Performance Studies. Videography by Benjamin Hood.
Frankenstein: an homage to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Creation by Robyn Mineko Williams and Melina Ausikaitis (Aitis Band) with the assistance of Jessica Tong, Hanna DiLorenzo and Rachel Ferring. Collaboration with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and the University of Chicago’s Dance Program in Theater and Performance Studies. Videography by Peter Hinsdale.
Film compilation by Ophelia Bryan and Audrey Sides
HS Pro class of 2019-20 and HSDC company members
Concept: Ophelia Bryan
Edited by: Audrey Sides
Music: Aliens With Extraordinary Abilities: Take Anything You Want by Third Coast Percussion + Aliens With Extraordinary Abilities: Torched and Wrecked by Third Coast Percussion
Featured dancers credited in order of appearance at end of film.
FLOCK FILM FESTIVAL
As the culmination of their 2 week-long virtual residency with HS Pro, FLOCK (Alice Klock + Florian Lochner) presented this film festival of original works by the HS Pro dancers. FLOCK guided them through creating material, generating solos and spoken narratives, and designing, filming, and editing their own films. The result is a collection of beautiful, personal, and authentic pieces.