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In Any Event
Choreographer & Co-Director: Penny Saunders
Co-Director & Editor: Bruno Roque
Music: Franz Shubert "Trio in E Flat Opus 100" performed by Burlington Piano Trio with original compositions by Michael Wall
Film Runtime: 35 minutes

In Any Event is a new film by acclaimed choreographer Penny Saunders that compassionately peels back the complex layers of perspective, reflection, and memory that imbue life’s momentous occasions with meaning. At times poignant, humorous, and thought-provoking, this 35-minute work features the Hubbard Street Dancers at their best, in a beautiful and sweeping blend of solos, duets, and trios, performed amidst a dreamlike soundscape of chamber music and spoken word.

Filmed at the Walden Chicago.

Originally livestreamed on March 25, 27, and 28, 2021, this film is now available to watch—free of charge—as part of Season 43: A Virtual Homecoming, our season of free public art. 


Q&A Discussions

Each livestream presentation was accompanied by a moderated post-film Q&A discussion with Penny Saunders and the artists and collaborators involved in the work. Learn more about creative process behind and in front of the camera!




In Any Event Dance Discussion
Study Guide

Using inference skills to guide their viewing, take your students on a deep dive into analyzing the storyline and characters in the film. Students will reflect on how the film's audio, staging, and movement shape their interpretation of the film's narrative.