Two internationally-renowned and innovative contemporary dance companies, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Malpaso Dance Company, will share the Auditorium Theatre’s landmark stage as part of the theater’s popular “Made in Chicago” 312 Dance Series this March. The two-night-only engagement features two world premieres: a work for Malpaso created by Chicago-based choreographer and former Hubbard Street dancer Robyn Mineko Williams (commissioned by the Auditorium), and a work set on Hubbard Street, choreographed by Malpaso artistic director Osnel Delgado (commissioned by Hubbard Street).
“We are honored to present these two groundbreaking companies that are at the forefront of the contemporary dance scene in their respective cities, each renowned for its vibrant dance culture, and around the world,” says C.J. Dillon, Auditorium Theatre chief programming officer. “Bringing these companies together for the first time will showcase the important work that can result from cross-cultural collaboration.”
“Bringing artists together to challenge and elevate our dancers and audiences here in Chicago is my focus as an artistic director,” says Glenn Edgerton, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago artistic director. “Bringing cultures together while giving a platform for two unique choreographers to express themselves adds yet another element of commitment to these goals. It is a unique undertaking that I hope Chicago truly embraces. Welcoming Malpaso onto the Auditorium’s stage with us speaks to the openness I hope for our country.”
Delgado comes to Chicago to set his new work on Hubbard Street in late January, while Williams has already made a trip to Cuba to work with Malpaso. She returns to Cuba in February to continue working with the company. More details regarding the world premiere works will be released closer to the performances.
In addition to the world premieres, Hubbard Street will reprise Williams’ 2017 piece, Cloudline, and Osnel Delgado performs his duet piece, Ocaso, with a Hubbard Street dancer. Cloudline, called “visually stunning” by See Chicago Dance, is set to music by Olafur Arnalds, Sufjan Stevens, Emitt Rhodes, Alice Sara Ott, and Julie London. Ocaso, which translates to “sunset,” chronicles the evolution of a relationship in the aftermath of a catastrophic event and is set to music by Autechre, Kronos Quartet, and Max Richter.
Through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund, the Auditorium Theatre will be conducting extensive community engagement around the Hubbard Street and Malpaso performances. Cuban and Latinx community groups will attend the performances for free through the Auditorium's Admit One program, which provides tickets, transportation, and workshops to participants. Auditorium Theatre Teaching Artists will host Power in Movement dance residencies at local high schools and with local dance schools. Additionally, See Chicago Dance will host a special Moving Dialogs event, featuring Williams and Delgado and moderated by Jorge Perez, executive director and associate artistic director of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. The discussion, hosted at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N Dearborn St) on Tuesday, February 12 at 6 p.m., will focus on transcending language barriers through dance and movement. Cuban snacks and drinks will be provided, and choreographer and instructor Denita Inez, director of the Desueño Dance Company, will lead a Cuban salsa lesson following the conversation.
This special performance of ‘Made in Chicago” at Auditorium Theatre will take pace March 2 and 3, 2019. Visit auditoriumtheatre.org to buy tickets or to learn more.
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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Cloudline by Robyn Mineko Williams (photo by Todd Rosenberg).