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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Princess Grace Awards: New Works

Dec 4–14, 2014

Copresented with Hubbard Street

Three dance visionaries show us the shape of dance to come in new works specially made for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which makes its eagerly awaited return to the MCA’s intimate Edlis Neeson Theater. The special project forefronts the shared commitment with MCA Stage to bolstering innovation by ascending dance artists. Three North American treasures in contemporary dance, all recipients of the prestigious Princess Grace Award, share their bright, distinctive styles, which are shaping the dance of today and tomorrow.

Building on his explorations of baroque, classical, and urban music, Brooklyn-based choreographer Kyle Abraham continues his recent work in opera music, collaborating with eminent composer and musician Nico Muhly for this performance by Hubbard Street. Montreal’s Victor Quijada, founder and artistic director of RUBBERBANDance Group, weaves classical ballet and street dance. For this work, he invites Jasper “DJ Lil Jaz” Gahunia to arrange a fluid score performed by 11 dancers who evoke flocking birds. Hubbard Street alum and Chicago native Robyn Mineko Williams, who infuses a highly stylized form into individual expression, combines dancers in different configurations to set off unpredictable chemistries.

The three artists developed their works with the phenomenal Hubbard Street before these world premieres at MCA Stage.

About the Artists

Kyle Abraham, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013, creates unique hybrids of traditional and vernacular dance styles. He earned a BFA at the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from New York University. His choreographic works have been performed by many dance companies, including his own, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion, which made its MCA Stage debut in 2013 with The Radio Show.

Born in Los Angeles, Victor Quijada was influenced by hip-hop culture from an early age. He premiered six Twyla Tharp creations as a member of THARP! and performed with Eliot Field’s company, Ballet Tech. In 2002, Quijada formed RUBBERBANDance Group. He has created work for companies including Atlanta Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

In 2000, Robyn Mineko Williams joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she remained a company member for 12 years. She has created several works for Hubbard Street, including a world premiere for its main company, which was performed at venues including the John F. Kennedy Center. She also has created for Chicago’s Same Planet Different World.

Since its founding in 1977, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has grown to be recognized as a leader in the creation and development of new choreography, unique collaborations, and innovative production concepts. Hubbard Street has a long history of national and international touring, performing in up to 30 venues each year.

Learn more about Hubbard Street here.


Generous support for Princess Grace Awards: New Works is David Herro and Jay Franke.