Program A (May 12 + 13) is a two-night engagement featuring the highly-anticipated return of Ohad Naharin’s DECADANCE/CHICAGO, an evening-length work curated specifically for Hubbard Street comprised of excerpts from Naharin’s most celebrated pieces, including Sadeh21, Naharin’s Virus, and the iconic Minus 16.
Thursday, May 12, 7:30 pm
Friday, May 13, 8:00 pm*
Performance Runtime: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission
*Includes post-show Curtain Talk with Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell and the Hubbard Street Dancers
Program B (May 14 + 15) offers two additional evenings of a thrilling mixed-repertory program: a captivating Chicago premiere of Ne Me Quitte Pas by Spenser Theberge alongside exhilarating selections from the season, among them Aszure Barton’s BUSK, George & Zalman by Ohad Naharin, and Amy Hall Garner’s latest work for Hubbard Street, As the Wind Blows.
Saturday, May 14, 8:00 pm*
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 pm
Performance Runtime: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including two 15-minute intermissions
*Includes post-show Curtain Talk with Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell and choreographer Spenser Theberge
Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Harris Theater Box Office at 312-334-7777 (open Mon-Fri, 12-5pm CT).
Please be advised that the piece entitled George & Zalman, featured in both Program A + B of RE/UNION, includes adult language and adult subject matter.
All audience members age 5+ attending performances at the Harris Theater will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test and a valid photo ID prior to entering the venue and masks must be worn inside at all times.
We understand that following the City of Chicago's February 28 announcement, some Chicago establishments have lifted COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements. However, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test and mask-wearing for audiences until further notice, along with the 60+ performing arts venues and producers across Chicagoland that are part of the League of Chicago Theatres.
We will regularly review these policies and relax requirements in the future based on the needs and comfort of our patrons, staff, and artists. We look forward to a day when we can relax these policies, but in the meantime we thank you for helping us keep our artists, staff, and audiences safe!
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Artist and choreographer Aszure Barton has collaborated with celebrated dancers and companies including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Misty Copeland, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sydney Dance Company, and Teatro alla Scala, among many others. She is a Bessie Award Honoree and has received numerous honors including the prestigious Arts & Letters Award, joining the ranks of Oscar Peterson, Karen Kain, and Margaret Atwood. She was the first Martha Duffy resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and is an official ambassador of contemporary dance in Canada. She is the founder of Aszure Barton & Artists, an inter-disciplinary international dance project.
AMY HALL GARNER
Amy Hall Garner is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Her work has been praised internationally and commissioned by Ailey II, ABT Studio Company, Collage Dance Collective, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Barnard College, The University of the Arts, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Point Park University, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Recently, she has received virtual commissions from BalletX, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process Digital Series, ABT Studio Company, Boulder Ballet and a virtual collaboration between Miami City Ballet and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. She personally coached Grammy Award winner Beyoncé, providing additional choreography for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Theatrical choreography credits include: The Color Purple (Milwaukee Repertory Theater) and Invisible Thread, associate choreographer (Second Stage Theater, NYC). In 2018, she was selected to participate in Alvin Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab supported by the Ford Foundation. Garner was one of the first recipients of the Joffrey Ballet’s Choreography of Color Award (now titled Winning Works). She is an adjunct professor at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts. In 2021, Ms. Garner was a Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts. Currently, she is creating and reimagining the classical ballet narrative The Nutcracker, at Baltimore School for the Arts.
Ohad Naharin is a choreographer, the House Choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company, and creator of the Gaga movement language. Born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel, he joined Batsheva Dance Company in 1974 despite having little training. During his first year, guest choreographer Martha Graham invited him to join her own company in New York, where Naharin later made his choreographic debut at the Kazuko Hirabayshi studio in 1980. For the next decade he presented works in New York and abroad, including pieces for Batsheva Dance Company, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and Nederlands Dans Theater. Naharin worked closely with his first wife, Mari Kajiwara, until she died from cancer in 2001. In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and in the same year, he established the company’s junior division, Batsheva – the Young Ensemble. He has since created over thirty works for both companies and set pieces on many others. He has also collaborated with musicians including The Tractor’s Revenge, Avi Balleli and Dan Makov, Ivri Lider, and Grischa Lichtenberger. Under the pseudonym Maxim Waratt, he composed, edited, and mixed many of his own soundtracks. Naharin’s work has been featured in several films, including Tomer Heymann’s Out of Focus (2007) and the Heymann Brothers’ Mr. Gaga (2015). In addition to his stagework, Naharin also developed GAGA, the innovative movement research and daily training of Batsheva’s dancers that has spread internationally among both dancers and non-dancers. A citizen of both Israel and the United States, Naharin currently lives in Israel with his wife, dancer and costume designer Eri Nakamura, and their daughter, Noga.
Spenser Theberge is a dancer and choreographer based in Los Angeles. A graduate of The Juilliard School and a former company member of the Nederlands Dans Theater and The Forsythe Company, Spenser's own creations have been commissioned and presented worldwide, including at LA Dance Project, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, The Broad Museum, Korzo Theater, Springboard Danse Montreal, and NAVEL, among others.
As a movement director and performer, Spenser has worked with artists and brands including Taylor Swift, Rihanna's Savage x Fenty, Gwen Stefani, Ben Platt, LANY, LykkeLi, and the Tune-yards, and his work has appeared on The Today Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Spenser is a former faculty member at the CalArts School of Dance, and conducts masterclasses at conservatories, schools, and programs across America, Europe, and Asia. Spenser is a YoungArts award winner, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and a Princess Grace Award winner.
Immediately following select performances, we invite you to stick around after the curtain closes for a casual post-show conversation as we review the programs, reconnect with the dancers, and revisit all things Hubbard Street!
Two Curtain Talks are planned for Summer Series: RE/UNION at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance:
Fri. May 13:
After performing the epic Decadance/Chicago by Ohad Naharin, several company dancers will join Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell for a free-wheeling discussion about the piece and the process, reflecting on the changes, similarities, and discoveries across the various iterations of this work since its original curation for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Sat. May 14:
Join us after the performance on Saturday, May 14 as Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell sits down with multi-hyphenate artist Spenser Theberge, choreographer of the evening’s Chicago premiere of Ne Me Quitte Pas, to learn more about Spenser’s career and influences as part of this intimate Q&A.
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INSIDE THE STUDIO
Like a gust of fresh air, Season 44 choreographer Amy Hall Garner and the company artists bring us inside the NEW studio at Water Tower Place to share the effervescent and supportive experience of creating As the Wind Blows, Garner’s new work with Hubbard Street celebrating the joy of movement.
INSIDE THE STUDIO
Watch Hubbard Street in rehearsal as choreographer Aszure Barton, Rehearsal Director Jonathan Alsberry, and the company dancers share insights on why you don’t want to miss this extraordinary ensemble performance.
Top Banner photo by Paul Octavious, styling by Hogan McLaughlin.
Program A repertory photos by Michelle Reid (B/olero) and Todd Rosenberg (all other photos).
Program B repertory photos by Todd Rosenberg (George & Zalman) and Michelle Reid (all other photos).