To celebrate its 35th anniversary last year, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago commissioned resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo to create a new work. One Thousand Pieces features music of Philip Glass and was inspired by Marc Chagall’s America Windows, created specifically for the Art Institute of Chicago to commemorate the American bicentennial. This “magnificently beautiful achievement…is a fast-moving, rarely pausing onslaught of silky, gorgeous, often classically pure dance, dotted with bits of its choreographer’s persona, just as some bits of Chagall’s mosaic boast extra sparkle among their numerous fellows.” (Chicago Tribune)
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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago grew out of the Lou Conte Dance Studio at Chicago’s LaSalle and Hubbard Streets in 1977, when founder Lou Conte gathered an ensemble of four dancers to perform in senior centers across Chicago. Conte continued to direct the company for 23 years, during which he initiated and grew relationships with both emerging and established artists including Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Twyla Tharp.
The Lou Conte Dance Studio has also been training the next generation of artists and dance enthusiasts, at all ages and skill levels, since 1974, making Hubbard Street’s Education and Community Programs a nationwide benchmarks for arts outreach in schools, impacting the lives of thousands of students.
Glenn Edgerton became Artistic Director in 2009. The main company’s 18 members comprise one of the only ensembles in the U.S. to perform all year long, domestically and around the world.
This performance marks Hubbard Street Dance’s 15th appearance with UMS. The group made their UMS debut in March 1988 and most recently performed at UMS in April 2010.
Related UMS Education & Community Engagement Events
9/25: You Can Dance: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
01/2014 – 03/2014: UMS Night School: Bodies in Motion. Free series of 90-minute “classes” that combine conversation, interactive exercises, and lectures.
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