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The core purpose of HSDC is to bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate, transform and change lives through the experience of dance.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) is one of the country’s most important contemporary dance companies, HSDC encompasses a vast array of techniques and forms, as well as an understanding of abstract artistry and the emotional nuances of movement. While many contemporary dance peers are single choreographer organizations, HSDC has always been a repertory company, representing numerous choreographers and styles. The company has grown to be recognized as a leader in the creation and development of new choreography, unique collaborations and innovative production concepts. Its importance is based both as a repository of work from some of the 20th and 21st century’s best contemporary choreographers and as a commissioning agent of new works, having commissioned and presented no fewer than 25 new dance works over the past eight seasons.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago grew out of the Lou Conte Dance Studio, which was founded 36 years ago. Conte founded the company three years later, and within a decade of its beginning in 1977, it began to attract nationally known choreographers to set dances on Hubbard Street. Conte served the company for 23 years, during which he developed relationships with emerging and world-renowned choreographers including Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Margo Sappington, Daniel Ezralow, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, and Twyla Tharp, all of whom helped shape HSDC repertoire into what it is today. Under Conte’s direction, HS2, Hubbard Street’s second company, and HSDC’s Education & Community Programs were developed. Conte served as Artistic Director until his retirement in 2000 when he was succeeded by Jim Vincent.
As Artistic Director, Vincent further expanded the company’s programming, repertoire, and acclaim, while also building a legacy of new choreographic development. Amongst these is the Inside/Out Choreography Workshop, during which HSDC dancers create original choreography with their peers, and the Choreographic Fellowship, which identifies and develops emerging choreographic talent from within the company. Dancers Alejandro Cerrudo, Brian Enos and Terence Marling, along with Associate Artistic Director Lucas Crandall, have all developed works for HSDC. Cerrudo is currently HSDC’s first Resident Choreographer and will have two World Premieres as part of the 2009-10 season.
This year, HSDC continues its tradition of strong leadership as former Associate Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton steps into the role of Artistic Director. Edgerton presents a dynamic artistic vision for creating new works and strengthening the company’s repertoire while cultivating and deepening relationships with collaborative partners.
27’52” takes the viewer on a game of seeking and being sought, of holding and being held, pulling and pushing. A game in which the dancer must ultimately exit the stage solo. The piece creates an urge to see it again, perhaps in disbelief of what appears on the stage and wondering how this could all be physically possible.
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