Greener Grass is a new film by award-winning choreographer and former Hubbard Street dancer Jie-Hung Connie Shiau, created as her response to the establishment of so-called “re-education camps” designed by the Chinese government to forcibly contain Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other traditionally Muslim minority groups. Featuring the full company of Hubbard Street dancers, Shiau offers this 34-minute work as a condemnation of what she describes as a "violent, machine-like" cultural erasure and a rallying call to disrupt it.
Join us for the world premiere livestream event on Thursday, June 24 at 7:30 pm CT. Streaming on Vimeo, watch the film in real time and chat with fellow viewers from all parts of the world.
Immediately following the world premiere screening, stay for a live Q&A discussion with director and choreographer Jie-Hung Connie Shiau in conversation with editor and videographer Kevin Michael Briggs and composer Jerome Begin, moderated by Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell. American Sign Language interpretation will be present during the discussion.
In addition to the livestream event, the film will be released for a 2-day viewing period beginning Saturday, June 26 and ending Sunday, June 27. A recording of the world premiere Q&A talkback will be included.
Director and Choreographer: Jie-Hung Connie Shiau
Director of Photography and Editor: Kevin Michael Briggs
Original Music Composition: Jerome Begin
Assistant Camera: David Creighton
Head Electrician: Jack Horwitch
Costume Design: Jie-Hung Connie Shiau
Featuring the full company of Hubbard Street Dancers
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago follows strict COVID-19 protocols guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HSDC adhered to all recommendations throughout the rehearsal and filming process of this project.
"It has been such a rewarding experience coming back to choreograph on Hubbard Street. Creating with these brilliant artists whom I also consider my friends has been so natural, supportive, and inspiring. I have so much admiration and appreciation for them."
—Jie-Hung Connie Shiau, Director & Choreographer