Questions about Season 43

We understand that many of our patrons and friends have questions about Hubbard Street's 43rd Season, which is set to begin in the fall of this year. We're grateful for your support, and we also share your concerns. Below we offer answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Season 43. We promise to stay in touch if circumstances change. To contact us directly, please email tickets@hubbardstreetdance.com.   

At the time of this writing, the State of Illinois has just announced Restore Illinois, the public health plan to safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold in the fight against COVID-19.  Although a great deal of uncertainty lies ahead, we know that our patrons are eager to hear about Hubbard Street's future programming. For this reason, we plan to announce our 2020/21 season by late May 2020. Our loyal subscribers will be the first to hear about it.  

We have not made subscriptions for Season 43 available yet. At the time of this writing, the State of Illinois has just announced Restore Illinois, the public health plan to safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold in the fight against COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the progress of the health crisis and the state's orders regarding public events. When the time is right, we will reach out to our subscribers about Season 43.    

For the safety of our patrons and our community, we will wait until the state provides guidance on public events and social distancing before offering patrons the opportunity to select specific seats in the theater. We will welcome our subscribers to share their seating preferences with us, and we promise to take those into consideration to the extent possible.  

Yes, there is a chance that Season 43 will not take place. Our ability to present performances will depend upon the state's orders regarding public events. 

Yes, we will refund your purchase if a performance is canceled due to state orders. Refunds will be processed as soon as possible. You will not need to contact us, submit a request, or fill out a form of any kind.  

At all future performances, we will take every precaution that is required or advised by state and federal public health agencies to ensure a safe environment for attendees. This may include a wide range of  sanitation practices and social distancing measures. We will publish a list of these measures on our website, and we will communicate these measures directly to patrons prior to each event.   

QUESTIONS ABOUT the company

We understand that you may have questions about the Hubbard Street Dancers at this time. The impact of the current crisis has been significant for Hubbard Street. Performances have been canceled. It's not safe to train together, rehearse together, or dance together. But still we carry on. Below we offer answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about how the wonderful artists of Hubbard Street continue to create during this time.  

The Hubbard Street Dancers continue to work full days, every day. Amidst the health crisis and the stay-at-home order, the Dancers are working daily with leading choreographers to create, rehearse, and ultimately to perform new works. This is extremely rare among dance companies during this unprecedented crisis, and it exemplifies how important the creative process is to this Company. In addition to creating new works, the Dancers work includes other normal activities, like daily ballet class and other training programs. In this unusual time, the Dancers roles have also dramatically expanded.  Right now, they are actively collaborating with Hubbard Street's leadership, management, and partners to create new programs and new experiences for our audiences. Many of them are taking on the roles of film director, video editor, project manager, and content creator. You can see some of this work in our Digital Library right now, as well as in our upcoming Spotlight Series this May.       

Yes, we are able to pay the Hubbard Street Dancers their regular salaries. We are committed to paying the Dancers, and we are able to make that commitment because of the generosity of our donors. Perhaps you are one of them. Perhaps you might become one of them. We will continue this commitment for as long as we can. Every gift helps! Click here to support us.    

Right now, the Hubbard Street Dancers are working with leading choreographers to create, rehearse, and ultimately to perform new works and to create virtual experiences. The choreographers they're working with right now include Peter Chu and Robyn Mineko Williams.

The Dancers are also working right now to create a new edition of Hubbard Street's Inside/Out choreographic workshop. This is where the Dancers themselves create new works to be performed by the Company. This workshop has an incredible tradition. In the past it has helped to identify and nurture choreographic talent from within, including  Penny Saunders, Robyn Mineko Williams, Alice Klock, and Rena Butler. This year's Inside/Out edition will of course be very unique, because of the stay-at-home orders in our state. All of these new works will be shared later in May, in our Spotlight Series. Check back for more information! 

Finally, the Dancers are also actively taking on the roles of film director, video editor, project manager, and content creator. You can see some of this work in our Digital Library right now. Check it out. 

You can see a lot of fun projects right here in our Digital Library.  In many of these projects, Dancers have taken on the roles of film director, video editor, project manager, content creator, and even musician!

This May, we will also be presenting our Spotlight Series, a two-week extravaganza of new Hubbard Street content. The Spotlight Series will include the sharing of new works by Peter Chu and Robyn Mineko Williams as virtual experiences. It will also include the latest edition of Hubbard Street's awesome Inside/Out choreographic workshop, where our Dancers showcase new works that they have choreographed specifically for the Company. Come back to our website and social media accounts for more information on the Spotlight Series.      

As a creative force in contemporary dance, right now we are actively collaborating with choreographers to create new works for our Dancers to perform. We are one of the only dance companies in the world right now to have new works created on our Company during this unusual time. So our focus is on creating new work right now.

Another reason we aren't sharing performance videos is because we simply do not possess the broadcasting rights to these complete works. Not to bore you, but those rights would belong separately to the choreographers, music composers, music publishers, and other artists involved in the creation of the works. So rather than devoting our resources toward acquiring such rights, we are focused on keeping our Dancers active, creating, and performing — even in these unprecedented circumstances. We hope you'll stick with us and enjoy the new works! 

We respect and appreciate the efforts of the many performing arts companies that are delighting their audiences by sharing video of past performances. We like watching them, too. It simply isn't our focus right now at Hubbard Street. We hope you understand.    

   

QUESTIONS ABOUT our programs

Find answers to your questions about the status of our youth, education, community, and training programs below. We're grateful for your interest, and we welcome you to contact us directly to find out how you can take part. Write to us at info@hubbardstreetdance.com.   

No, our youth programs are not canceled! They have moved online. You can learn more about them here

We have not yet determined whether our youth summer camps will be canceled, but we have suspended registrations. We can say that it is highly unlikely that we will be able to hold youth summer camps in 2020, based on the State of Illinois' phased plan for re-opening of the economy.   

Virtual summer intensives are being offered to those teen and pre-professional dancers who auditioned and registered for summer intensives. Those dancers have been contacted directly by our Artist Training team. More information can be found here.  

Yes, we have free, fun, family activities! Move together with your children while you stay at home. Click here!

Yes! We love helping teachers find new ways to connect with students and new pathways to learning. At this time, we're offering online resources that are customized for e-learning. To learn more, click here.

Yes, click here to learn about Parkinson's program, and click here to learn about our Autism program.  To learn more either of these programs, please send an email to youth@hubbardstreetdance.com.