Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601


Thu, December 7, 7:30 PM

Fri, December 8, 8:00 PM

Sat, December 9, 8:00 PM

Sun, December 10, 3:00 PM


The Winter Series at the Harris Theater celebrates one of today’s most current and inventive choreographers, Crystal Pite. The program includes A Picture of You Falling, in its entirety, first performed as an excerpt by Hubbard Street in March 2014 and two Hubbard Street premieres; Grace Engine, and The Other You.


A Picture of You Falling

“This is a picture of you, falling. Knees, hip, hands, elbows, head. This is how you collapse. This is the sound of your heart hitting the floor.”

A Picture of You Falling made its world premiere in Ottawa, Canada in 2008 at the Canada Dance Festival. In its entirety, it is a duet for two dancers set to music by Owen Belton and original text by Pite herself. Hubbard Street first premiered a solo excerpt of A Picture of You Falling in 2014. The Winter Series will be the Hubbard Street debut of the piece in its entirety.

Grace Engine

Grace Engine is a full-company work originally created for and premiered by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2012. An electronic score composed by Owen Belton and dramatic lighting serve to accentuate the tension as dancers morph between cinematic tableaus and unanticipated gestures. The Guardian wrote “when Pite cuts to close-up she reveals dark gleams of beauty among the terror…Pite’s choreography promises redemption beyond the abyss.”

The Other You

The Other You, premiered as part of The You Show by Kidd Pivot in 2010, is a duet that explores the relationship between 'the self' and 'the other' through images of man and beast, domination and submission, love, loss and loneliness. It is a short work that comes out of Crystal Pite's fascination with the familiar storylines of the human existence, and the body’s role in providing the illustrative shape of those stories. The body conveys profound meaning through the simplest of gestures, and the audience is invited to connect to the work through their own bodies, to locate themselves in the dancers, to recognize their own dramas translated into fierce physical language. The Other You is set to original music by Owen Belton with additional music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Vladimir Ashkenazy.


Meet the Dancers

Creative Team


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Hubbard Street Dancer Jason Hortin in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.
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Hubbard Street Dancer Jason Hortin in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.
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Hubbard Street Dancer Jesse Bechard in Crystal Pite's A Picture of You Falling.


Inside the Studio with Crystal Pite