Hubbard Street Dance opens Spring Series at the Harris Theatre with Pre-Performance Balcony Talks

| March 16, 2017 | Comments (0)
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago tech of Jardi Tancat by Nacho Duato  © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2009

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago tech of Jardi Tancat by Nacho Duato © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2009

Hubbard Street Dance opens its Season 39 Spring Series this week at the Harris Theatre.  The performances include three works by three different choreographers: Two Works by Nacho Duato, Solo Echo by Crystal Pite and Imprint by Lucas Crandall.

Perhaps the best part of the certain-to-be-wonderful performances will be the Balcony Talks. Originally started as Friday Balcony Talks, the free pre-performance Balcony Talks are expanding to the March 16 – 18 shows. Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton and Associate Director of Marketing Andy Sheagren will invite patrons to share a casual conversation about the Spring Series works. It’s an interesting and unique way to learn about the choreographers, dancers and composers. Edgerton and Sheagren are open to answering other questions about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Once the performance begins, guests will be treated to three remarkable performances. Hubbard Street celebrates a two-decade relationship with the Spanish-born choreographer Nacho Duato, whose work figures prominently in the show. As one of the first dance companies in the U.S. to perform Duato’s work, Hubbard Street revives Jardí Tancat, a dance for three couples set to Catalan music recorded by vocalist María del Mar Bonet. The duet Violoncello, from Duato’s evening length work Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, part of a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.

According to the Season 39 Spring Series press release, “Solo Echo was originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater in 2012. Inspired by poet Mark Strand’s Lines for Winter and set to excerpts from two sonatas for cello and piano by Johannes Brahms, opuses 38 and 99, Solo Echo is exemplary of the fluidity with which Pite’s choreography shifts between dance and theater, using classical and contemporary techniques. Hubbard Street was the first dance company to present Solo Echo in the U.S. during the Season 38 Winter Series in December 2015.”

In addition, inspired in part by stampedes, with improvised live percussion by Hubbard Street dancer David Schultz, Imprint “seeks to create an experience both visceral and visual – one which expresses a collective consciousness by exploring the dancer’s instinctive responses to natural and urban imagery,” Crandall said. “My creative process in the studio, in collaboration with the dancers, has been to construct complex, dynamic movement patterns with groups, then disrupt those patterns, or subject them to a variety of interventions.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 312-850-9744.

Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Hubbard Street dancer Jessica Tong in Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. Images courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance.

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