Hubbard Street Unbound: A Virtual Season Finale is a fortnight of new works and fresh projects from the artists of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Below you can explore the ideas and artists behind this season-ending celebration, and you can discover the new works as the series progresses. Look around. Enjoy it. Share it. We hope you'll see that our urge to create is, really, the urge to share. This is for you.
Season 42 comes to a conclusion for Hubbard Street Dance with (stay)Inside/Out, a live performance of new works choreographed, curated, and produced by the Dancers themselves! This is the first-ever virtual edition of Hubbard Street's annual choreographic workshop, Inside/Out. The Dancers gave the performance the title of (stay)Inside/Out to reflect their working conditions due to the coronavirus. Click the image on the left to watch a trailer built from footage from last year. Click the button below to go to the live event at showtime on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT!
This, That, & The Third
Rena Butler is a Hubbard Street Dancer, Hubbard Street's Choreographic Fellow, and a 2019 Princess Grace Award Winner in choreography. For this project, she invited 15 dancers from around the world to come together virtually to perform an excerpt from her work, This, That, & The Third. The work, she says, is about code switching. The segment, she says, "has each dancer in a square box, and they're just trying to break out of it and find freedom and find a voice — beyond the barriers or confines that are outlined by outside forces."
What does it take to call a show?
See a show from Stage Manager's seat! Kate Darby, the Stage Manager and Head of Props for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, created this video to give you an inside look at what it would be like to call the show. In this case, the show is The Bystander by Kyle Abraham, commissioned by Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which debuted in November 2019. This video was created and edited by Darby. Special thanks to Kyle Abraham for permission to offer this unique perspective on his work.
What does hubbard street mean to you?
We asked our community: "What does Hubbard Street mean to you?"
We received hundreds of answers from donors, patrons, and colleagues in the dance community.
The Hubbard Street Dancers read those statements and interpreted them through movement and dance. From that, Elliot Hammans created this simple, inspiring, poignant, and fun video.
Enjoy a live stream of a class from Hubbard Street's Parkinson's Program. The first program of its kind in the Midwest, Hubbard Street's Parkinson's program helps people living with the disease move, connect, and communicate with loved ones, care givers, and each other. Go to Facebook and follow Hubbard Street Dance to join the class at 12:45 p.m. CT today.
Hubbard Street offers excellent youth and education programs. As part of our Hubbard Street Unbound celebration, we're offering you a glimpse of these great programs. Click here to see a video spotlighting our students' work, and click here to see a video spotlighting our dance faculty.
Enjoy a live stream of Dance Storytime with your children! Hubbard Street has many free resources and activities for families with children to creative and connected at home. Go to Facebook and follow Hubbard Street Dance to experience this Dance Storytime, ideal for children ages 2 – 8.
Renowned choreographer Peter Chu and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will present a Space, In Perspective: A Virtual Sharing Experience. The experience unfolds like a guided tour, with Chu leading participants through movement, dance, and meditations. The experience includes solos, duets, and live music, all performed by Hubbard Street dancers.
This one-night-only, digital performance is the latest incarnation of Undercover Episodes, choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams’ innovative, ongoing dance series. The evening features Hubbard Street’s full company performing the work from their homes, a live score by Chicago band Verger, and interactive pre- and post-show events.
(stay)Inside/Out is an evening of original choreography by the Hubbard Street Dancers themselves. This is the first-ever virtual edition of Hubbard Street's annual choreographic workshop, which has a tradition of nurturing emerging choreographers from within the company. Look for choreography from Jacqueline Burnett, David Schultz, Connie Shiau, Kevin J. Shannon, and Andrew Murdock.
"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
Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton walks us through his inspiration and gives us insights on what to expect from Hubbard Street Unbound: A Virtual Season Performance.
Born in the Bronx, NY, and raised in Florida, Peter began his training as a competitive gymnast, later nurturing his artistry at Dussich Dance Studio, where his evolution into dance began. Upon graduation from The Juilliard School, he performed with BJM Danse, EZdanza, Aszure Barton & Artists, Kidd Pivot, and in Celine Dion’s Vegas spectacular, A New Day. Peter can be seen as the lead in Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts music video. In 2008, Peter formed a Las Vegas project based dance company, chuthis. Chu has been an honoured recipient of choreographic awards and commissions, including the Hector Zaraspe Prize, A.C.E. Capezio Award, and Hubbard Street Dance International Commission Project. He was also named a Blodgett Distinguished Artist by Harvard University for 2018. Additionally, Chu has served as the Rehearsal Director for Nederlands Dans Theater 2, and as a Guest Rehearsal Director for NDT1. Chu has created works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Charlotte Ballet II, Orlando Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Giordano Dance Chicago, SYTYCD, Naomi Stikeman’s Çaturn, Houston MET Dance, New Dialect, SALT Contemporary Dance, Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive, Springboard Danse Montreal, Harvard Univeristy, Point Park University, and The Juilliard School, among others.
Robyn Mineko Williams
Robyn Mineko Williams began making her own work in 2001 through Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop with whom she was a dancer for twelve seasons. She has since created multiple premieres for Hubbard Street and has also choreographed for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Malpaso Dance Company, Charlotte Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet and Ballet Idaho. Her works have been presented at the Kennedy Center, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater, MCA Chicago and others. Named by Dance Magazine in 2014 as one of “25 to Watch” and “Best Choreographer” by Chicago Mag’s “Best of Chicago, 2016”, Robyn is a four time Princess Grace Foundation-USA grant recipient and has been thrice recognized as one of NewCity’s Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago. Collaborations include projects with the Second City, Manual Cinema, Califone, verger, Kyle Vegter, and more.
Third Coast Percussion
Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy Award-winning Chicago-based percussion quartet. They are also our friends. From the moment the pandemic struck, Third Coast Percussion has been there for us. TCP has generously given Hubbard Street powerful, dynamic, and inspiring recordings to use in a range of ways, most notably as the soundtrack to our many digital projects. TCP is a great friend to Hubbard Street and to many Chicago cultural institutions.
For fifteen years, Third Coast Percussion has created exciting and unexpected performances that constantly redefine the classical music experience. They maintains a busy tour schedule, and their recordings include six full-length albums, three EPs, and a number of appearances on other releases. TCP is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to inspire and educate through the creation of exciting and unexpected musical experiences.
Our Digital Library
Throughout this current public health crisis, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has remained creative and collaborative. From weekend dance projects to conversations with choreographers, we've been sharing a growing portfolio of performances and projects with audiences.
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