The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State Universit proudly presents the triumphant return to its stage, for the first time since 2001, of Chicago's celebrated international dance company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) for one night only, Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Following the performance, HSDC Artistic Director Glenn Egderton will be available for a free post-show question and answer session with the audience in Governors State University's Engbretson Hall.
Founded by Lou Conte in 1977 and currently under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton, HSDC's ensemble of dancers from around the world displays unparalleled versatility and virtuosity. HSDC has achieved a reputation that has allowed it to expand its eclectic repertoire with works by master American and international choreographers.
HSDC is critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire, and for performances that inspire, challenge and engage audiences worldwide. In a review of the company's Fall 2009 engagement at the Harris Theater, Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times raved that HSDC "is dancing at the very peak of its powers at the moment. And its superbly paced mixed bill...is thrilling." For their performance at The Center, HSDC will perform the HSDC debut of 27'52" by Nederlands Dans Theater Resident Choreographer Ji?í Kylián; a preview of a new piece, "At'em (Atem) Adam," choreographed by HSDC Dancer Terence Marling; and "Walking Mad" by Johan Inger.
Jirí Kylián was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1947, and started his dance training at the ballet school of the Prague National Theatre at the age of nine. In 1973, he created his first work for the Nederlands Dans Theater, where he became artistic director in 1975 until 1999 and is currently resident choreographer and artistic advisor. Kylián has choreographed 66 works for NDT including Sinfonietta, Sechs Tänze, Kaguyahime and Arcimboldo. His works have been staged by more than 40 companies around the world, such as American Ballet Theater, Royal Danish Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, The Australian Ballet and National Ballet of Canada.
Terence Marling began his ballet training in 1982 at the Ruth Page School of Dance in Chicago, under the direction of Larry Long. In 1994, he joined the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater directed by Patricia Wilde, where he performed leading roles in "Don Quixote," Balanchine's "Rubies," Ohad Naharin's "Tabula Rasa," and Jirí Kylián's "Return to the Strange Land," among others. In 2003, Marling joined the Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany, where he participated in the creation of 10 works. He joined HSDC in April 2006 and continues to choreograph and teach in his spare time.
Johan Inger was born in Stockholm and educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at the National Ballet School in Canada. In 1985 he joined the Royal Swedish Ballet, where in 1989 he became a soloist. In 1990 Inger joined Nederlands Dans Theater, where he was a high-profile dancer until 2002. His official breakthrough as a choreographer came with "Mellantid" (Swedish for "In Between Time"), his first commissioned work for Nederlands Dans Theater II, as part of the 1995 Holland Dance Festival. "Mellantid" was followed by several creations for Nederlands Dans Theater I, II and III. In July 2003, Inger took over the artistic management of the Cullberg Ballet and directed the company for five years. He is currently focused exclusively on his choreography.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago comes to The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. Single tickets and subscriptions for the Center's 15th Anniversary 2009-2010 Season are currently on sale. Single tickets range in price from $33 - $53. For subscription and single ticket information call The Center's friendly Box Office staff at (708) 235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net. Buy one, get one free tickets are available at the box office two hours prior to curtain for one hour only, based upon availability. For group ticket (parties of 20 or more) information, call (800) 386-6321. The Center is located at 1 University Parkway (Governors Highway and University Parkway), 45 minutes south of the Loop, off I-57 at Sauk Trail. Parking is free.
About The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University
The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484, is celebrating 15 years of enhancing the cultural landscape of the Chicago Southland. The Center's mission is to present the finest in world-class performing arts entertainment to the citizens of the Chicago Southland at affordable prices. The Center also offers an extensive Arts in Education program for area schools, that during the 2008-2009 season reached more than 40,000 children.
The Center is the result of the vision of community leaders and philanthropists who saw a need for cultural enrichment in a community where there was none. These leaders understand that culture and the arts serve to inspire members of the community, educate youth and bring a diverse community together under one roof to share artistic experiences. It is in this world that artists connect to the audiences and audiences to each other, as they all share the same experience.
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About Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), under the artistic leadership of newly announced artistic director Glenn Edgerton, celebrates over 30 years as one of the most original forces in contemporary dance. Critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire, HSDC presents performances that inspire, challenge and engage audiences worldwide. The company's ensemble of dancers displays unparalleled versatility and virtuosity, allowing HSDC to expand its eclectic repertoire with works by master American and international choreographers. HSDC also contributes to dance's evolution by developing new choreographic talent and collaborating with artists in music, visual art and theatre. Since Lou Conte founded the company in 1977, HSDC has expanded beyond its main company to include Hubbard Street 2, which cultivates young professional dancers and choreographers, serves as the foundation of HSDC's education initiatives and performs nationally and internationally with a diverse and engaging repertoire; extensive Education & Community Programs which offer city- and state-accredited professional development for teachers to incorporate movement into curriculums and expose young people to dance; and the Lou Conte Dance Studio, which offers a wide variety of classes weekly in jazz, ballet, modern, tap, African, hip-hop and Pilates at levels from basic to professional, as well as workshops and master classes. For more information, visit http://hubbardstreetdance.com/