Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton is pleased to announce the Company’s 35th Anniversary Season

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton is
pleased to announce the launch of the Company’s 35
th Anniversary Season — a full-evening work
created by Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo and
inspired by Marc Chagall’s famed America Windows, permanently on
view at the Art Institute of Chicago


Hubbard Street has commissioned Cerrudo
to create this evening-length piece, entitled One Thousand Pieces, to celebrate the Company’s significant 35-year
history as Chicago’s
premiere contemporary dance company. 

This world premiere given in honor of
Mayor Rahm Emanuel debuts during the company’s 35
th Anniversary Fall Series engagement at the
Harris Theater in Millennium Park, October 18-21, 2012
.

 

“For 35 years Hubbard Street Dance has showcased Chicago’s extraordinary
local talent and vibrant cultural community to the world,” said Mayor Rahm
Emanuel
. “I am committed to making Chicago
a worldwide destination for dance and look forward to celebrating this
wonderful cultural institution in our city.”

 

One Thousand Pieces is significant to Hubbard Street Dance
Chicago for a number of reasons:

       
Launches
the Company’s 35
th Anniversary,
a milestone few contemporary dance companies reach

       
Marks
the first-ever full evening work created by one choreographer around a central
theme

       
Celebrates
the homegrown choreographic talent of Alejandro Cerrudo, now recognized as an internationally
renowned dancer maker

       
Directly
parallels the dedication of Chagall’s America Windows to Mayor Richard
J. Daley, a great supporter of public art projects, in 1977, the same year
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was founded

       
Now,
35 years later, Hubbard Street
dedicates Cerrudo’s work to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a great supporter of dance and
culture in Chicago

       
Features
a full evening performance set to the music of the iconic American composer Philip
Glass
, another of Cerrudo’s great inspirations who celebrated his 75
th birthday in 2012

       
Builds
on the Company’s flourishing collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago by
figuratively

       
bringing
art to the stage and offering people the chance to see visual art differently.



 

“I am honored that Hubbard Street Dance Chicago can
celebrate the start of its 35th Anniversary in our hometown with this beautiful
tribute,” comments Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton. “I
knew immediately that I wanted the launch of this monumental season to embody
all that Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is — a dance company proud of its
hometown and collaborations with like-minded cultural institutions; a company
that is deeply seeded in choreographic development and new works; and a company
that believes in the importance of all art forms, in this case dance, visual
art and music melding together for this cultural event. It is only natural that
in honor of our 35th Anniversary, we give this new work to The City of Chicago
in tribute to Mayor Emanuel and his commitment to make Chicago an international destination for dance.”

 

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s own choreographic genius
Alejandro Cerrudo creates and sets the company’s first, full-evening work by a
single choreographer, featuring a single theme. Cerrudo’s inspiration lies in
one of the most beloved Chicago
treasures housed at the Art Institute of Chicago, Marc Chagall’s America
Windows
.

 

The monumental panels of stained glass, created by Chagall
especially for the Art Institute and dedicated to Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902–1976),
commemorate the American Bicentennial. The glowing glass infuses the artist’s
landscape of familiar American icons, references to Chicago and symbols of the fine arts with an
ethereality that suggests the creative expansiveness made possible by American
freedom and liberty.

 

Alejandro Cerrudo’s full-evening length work inspired by
Marc Chagall’s America Windows and dedicated to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and
his commitment to make Chicago an international
destination for dance will premiere at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 35
th Anniversary Fall Series engagement at the
Harris Theater
in Millennium Park, October 18-21, 2012. Single
tickets range $25 to $99 and go on sale September 13. For more information
about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 35
th Anniversary Season and subscription packages, please call the
Hubbard Street Ticket Office at 312-850-9744 or visit
hubbardstreetdance.com.

 

Alejandro Cerrudo, born in Madrid,
Spain, received his training
at the Real Conservatorio Professional de Danza de Madrid. After becoming a professional dancer
in 1998, Cerrudo’s dance career has been shaped and enriched by various dance
companies including Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans
Theater 2 and, since 2005, by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2008 Cerrudo was
named Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellow and became the company’s first
Resident Choreographer in 2009.  Always dancing and constantly creating, Cerrudo was honored with an award from
The Boomerang Fund for Artists in 2011.

Marc Chagall (1887–1985), born in Byelorussia,
present-day Belarus, first conceived of the idea for the America Windows in
1974 when he visited Chicago for the unveiling of his mosaic in the First
National Bank Plaza. At that time, Chagall learned that a gallery in his honor
was being planned as part of the Art Institute’s 1970’s expansion program and
offered to create the windows for the gallery. After working on the windows’ design,
Chagall announced that the theme for the windows would be the American
Bicentennial, and, when he learned of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s death in 1976,
he decided that the windows would also serve as a memorial to the late mayor.
Chagall designed the America Windows expressly for the Art Institute and
created them in collaboration with the French stained-glass artist Charles
Marq. Marq fabricated 36 colored glass panels to Chagall’s specifications, and
Chagall himself painted his design onto the glass using metallic oxide paints
that were permanently fused to the glass through a subsequent heating process.
The windows, measuring more than eight feet in height and more than 30 feet in
width, are each made up of three parts, each with 12 separate sections.

 

Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and
unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times
through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and
his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen
Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie. 

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic leadership of Glenn
Edgerton, celebrates 35 years as one of the most original forces in contemporary
dance in the 2012-13 season. As one of the world’s most important contemporary
dance companies, Hubbard Street
encompasses a vast array of techniques and forms, as well as an understanding
of abstract artistry and the emotional nuances of movement. Critically
acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic, and innovative repertoire, Hubbard Street
presents performances that inspire, challenge, and engage audiences worldwide.
The company’s ensemble of dancers displays unparalleled versatility and virtuosity,
allowing Hubbard Street
to expand its eclectic repertoire with works by master American and international
choreographers. Since Lou Conte founded the company in 1977, Hubbard Street has
expanded beyond its main company to include: Hubbard Street 2, which cultivates
young professional dancers and choreographers; extensive Education &
Community Programs; Youth Dance Classes (ages 9 months-13 years), including
Creative Movement and various dance technique classes at Hubbard Street Dance
Center; and the Lou Conte Dance Studio, which offers a wide variety of classes
weekly in jazz, ballet, modern, tap, African, hip hop, yoga, Pilates, and Zumba
at levels from basic to professional, as well as workshops and master classes. 

For more information visit hubbardstreetdance.com.

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