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World a big oyster for Hubbard Street dancers

By Hedy Weiss
From the Chicago Sun-Times - July 5, 2006

Scan the roster of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's repertoire and you will see works by choreographers from Spain, Israel, Ireland, Germany and from right here at home. The company travels the world, too, visiting Portugal and Ireland later this month, and heading to Germany in January and Canada in August.
Very international. And during the 2006-2007 season, that global reach will only expand, as Hubbard Street embraces new works by Japanese and Finnish choreographers, as well as by a veteran Chicago-bred, New York-based dancemaker, and as the troupe fuels its programs with other pieces set to a wide array of world music.
Hubbard Street's fall 2006 season at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park (Sept. 27-Oct. 1), will arrive with the umbrella title, "Global Tapestry." On the bill will be the world premiere of a work by Toru Shimazaki, to be created on the ensemble later this summer.
The Japanese choreographer, whose works have been performed at the Polish Dance Theatre, Swiss Ballet Grand Theatre de Geneva, National New Tokyo Theatre and more -- and who earlier this year became a professor at the new University Dance Department at Japan's Kobe University -- will set his work to the charming music of Rene Aubry, the French dance and film composer.
Also on the fall program will be a new work by company member Alejandro Cerrudo, who hails from Madrid, Spain. Cerrudo will draw on material he created for Hubbard Street's "Inside/Out" choreographic workshop this June, using the music of Devendra Banhart, the Texas-born, Venezuelan-bred singer-songwriter.
A new version of company member Brian Enos' "Dipthong" (set to the music of Zap Mama, the Afro-Belgian band), along with Lucas Crandall's commanding duet, "Gimme" (set to a score by the Norwegian group, Bla Bergens Borduner), and artistic director Jim Vincent's "counter/part" (set to Bach's Brandenburg Concerti), also will be part of the mix.
The company's spring engagement, again at the Harris Theater (April 11-22, 2007), will feature two different programs -- "Fresh Visions" and "Vivid Blooms."
"Fresh Visions" will include a world premiere by Chicago-bred Lar Lubovitch (his second original work for Hubbard Street), while "Vivid Blooms" will be highlighted by a new work by Finland's Jorma Elo to a commissioned score by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Elo, currently resident director of the Boston Ballet, has created dances for the Nederlands Dans Theater, Finnish National Ballet, Basel Ballet and, most recently, the New York City Ballet.
Meanwhile, the company will embark on its fourth collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Jan. 25-27 at Symphony Center), with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting, and will spend much of its time on tour, with stops from Texas and Pennsylvania to Florida and Mississippi.
A number of significant personnel changes also are afoot at Hubbard Street, with the lovely, brainy Erin Derstine relocating to San Francisco; John Ross seeking other professional opportunities; an impressively mature Patrick Simoniello returning to the Joffrey Ballet; Isaac Spencer off to Sweden's Culbert Ballet, and the elegant Julia Wollrab heading to the University of Chicago to study anthropology.
Joining the company are three new dancers, including: Prince Credell, 23, who trained at the Ailey school and performed with the Ailey II company and Alonzo King's Lines Ballet; Laura Halm, 25, who has been a member of Hubbard Street 2 since August, and will become an apprentice in the main company; and Chicago-born Terence Marling, 30, who has danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Germany's National Theater Mannheim.

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