Celebrity Series of Boston will present Hubbard Street Dance Chicago April 15-17, 2016 at Citi Shubert Theatre at 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

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Celebrity Series of Boston Presents
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
April 15-17, 2016 — Citi Shubert Theatre

Bolton, MA native Jesse Bechard returns to Boston in 6th season with the Company

Program features three works by female choreographers

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Hubbard Street Dance Chicago April 15-17, 2016 at Citi Shubert Theatre at 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Friday, April 15 at 7:30pm, Saturday, April 16 at 8pm, and Sunday, April 17 at 3pm. The Dance Series is sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, and John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation.

Tickets start at $35, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling Citi Charge at 866-348-9738, or at the Citi Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston.

These performances will mark the fifth time Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will be presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. They made their Celebrity Series debut in March 1985 and were seen most recently in February 2009.

These performances also mark the homecoming of dancer Jesse Bechard, who was raised in Bolton, MA, graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and attended training programs at Boston Ballet. This is his sixth season with the Company.

Artist Talk: A 20 minute talk with Glenn Edgerton, Artistic Director, will be held in front of the stage after the Friday, April 15 performance. Open to ticket holders of the April 15 performance.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s core purpose is to bring artists, art, and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate, and change lives through the experience of dance. Celebrating Season 38 in 2015–16, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, Hubbard Street continues to innovate, supporting its creative talent while presenting repertory by the field’s internationally recognized living artists. Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms alongside the Lou Conte Dance Studio, entering its fifth decade of providing a wide range of public classes and pre-professional training under the direction of founding company member Claire Bataille. Extensive Youth, Education, Community, Adaptive Dance and Family Programs, led by Kathryn Humphreys, keep the organization deeply connected to its hometown. Hubbard Street 2, led by Terence Marling, stewards early-career artists, while the main company performs all year long, domestically and around the world.

About the choreographers:

Raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long, choreographer William Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. Over the next seven years, he created new works for the Stuttgart ensemble and ballet companies throughout Europe and the United States. His works are prominently featured in the repertoires of virtually every major ballet company in the world. As an educator, Forsythe is regularly invited to lecture and give workshops at universities and cultural institutions.

Born in Terrace, British Columbia and raised on the Canadian west coast, choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990 at Ballet British Columbia; since then, she has created more than 40 works for companies around the world. In 2002, Pite formed the company Kidd Pivot, which integrates movement, original music, text and rich visual design, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk.

Choreographer Penny Saunders graduated from the Harid Conservatory in 1995. She then began her professional career with the American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Septime Webre, danced with Ballet Arizona and MOMIX, and was a founding member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (then Cedar Lake Ensemble). In 2004, Saunders joined Hubbard Street, where she began to pursue her choreographic interests, creating for Hubbard Street 2 in 2011 through its International Commissioning Project, and premiering her first work for Hubbard Street’s main company in 2013.

Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago after an international career as a dancer and director. At the Joffrey Ballet, he performed leading roles, contemporary and classical, for 11 years under the mentorship of Robert Joffrey. In 1989, Edgerton joined the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), where he danced for five years. He retired from performing to become its artistic director, leading NDT 1 for a decade and presenting the works of Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, among others. From 2006 to 2008, he directed the Colburn Dance Institute at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Edgerton joined Hubbard Street as associate artistic director in 2008; since 2009 as artistic director, he has built upon more than three decades of leadership in dance performance, education and appreciation established by founder Lou Conte and continued by Conte’s successor, Jim Vincent.

About the program:

Out of Keeping
Penny Saunders, Choreography
Ólafur Arnalds, Volker Bertelmann, Hilary Hahn, Danny Norbury, Domenico Scarlatti, Music
Michael Mazzola, Set and Lighting Design
Branimira Ivanova, Costume Design

Created for and premiered by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago December 10, 2015 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, Chicago, IL. Music by Hilary Hahn and Hauschka: “North Atlantic,” and “Clockwinder,” from the album Silfra, courtesy of Universal Music Group. Used by permission of G. Schirmer, Inc. Music by Domenico Scarlatti: “Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in C Sharp Minor, K. 247 (L. 256),” from the album Murray Perahia Plays Handel and Scarlatti, courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. Music by Danny Norbury: “Speak, Memory,” from the album Dusk. Used by permission of Danny Norbury. Music by Ólafur Arnalds: “Tomorrow’s Song,” from the album Living Room Songs, courtesy of Erased Tapes Records. Used by permission of Nettwerk One Music. Elizabeth Yntema for the Mark Ferguson Elizabeth Yntema Family Charitable Trust is the Lead Individual Sponsor of Out of Keeping by Penny Saunders. Additional support for Out of Keeping by Penny Saunders is provided by Individual Sponsors Randy and Lisa White.

William Forsythe, Choreography, Stage Design, Lighting and Costume Design
Thom Willems, Music
Tanja Rühl, Technical Consultant
Cyril Baldy, Amancio González, Staging

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N.N.N.N. appears as a mind in four parts, four dancers in a state of constant, tacit connection. Hubbard Street’s is the only version of this work to feature a mixed-gender cast of two men and two women, and they are the only U.S. dance company to have the rights to perform it. Underscored by the sudden murmured flashes of Thom Willems’ music, these dancers enter into a complex, intense inscription. Their arms, heads, bodies and legs become singular voices, each tuned and in counterpoint to the other. These performers write out a text of the voice of the body, slowly, then more and more rapidly, coalescing over and over into a linked entity of flinging arms, folding joints and a sharp, high sense of time. Hubbard Street is honored to be the first U.S. dance company to perform William Forsythe’s N.N.N.N., restaged at the Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago by Forsythe with original cast members Cyril Baldy and Amancio González. N.N.N.N. was created for and premiered by Ballett Frankfurt on November 21, 2002 at the Opernhaus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; and first performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, October 15, 2015. Original score by Thom Willems.

A Picture of You Falling
Crystal Pite, Choreography and Text
Owen Belton, Music
Kate Strong, Voice
Alan Brodie, Lighting Design
Linda Chow, Costume Design
Peter Chu, Staging

Hubbard Street’s debut in choreography by acclaimed artist Crystal Pite, A Picture of You Falling exists in two versions, both of which premiered in 2008: a duet for dancers Peter Chu and Anne Plamondon, and this solo, first performed by Pite herself for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Gala in Ottawa.

“I am fascinated by the shared narratives that live in our bodies — the familiar, repetitive storylines that move across cultures and generations — and the body’s role as their illustrator,” says Pite. “I’m curious about the ways in which the body can convey profound meaning through the simplest of gestures, and how distortion, iteration and analysis of familiar human action provide opportunities to recognize and re-frame ourselves in one another.”

Created and first performed by choreographer Crystal Pite at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 3, 2008. Duet version further adapted for and premiered by Kidd Pivot as part of The You Show, premiered at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany, November 4, 2010. Solo version first performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago March 12, 2015 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago, IL.

Solo Echo
Crystal Pite, Choreography
Johannes Brahms, Music
Tom Visser, Lighting Design
Jay Gower Taylor, Stage Design
Joke Visser, Crystal Pite, Costume Design
Eric Beauchesne, Staging

Solo Echo inspired by the poem, Lines for Winter by Mark Strand

Tell yourself
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
walking, hearing
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself —
inside the dome of dark
or under the cracking white
of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
Tonight as it gets cold
tell yourself
what you know which is nothing
but the tune your bones play
as you keep going. And you will be able
for once to lie down under the small fire
of winter stars.
And if it happens that you cannot
go on or turn back
and you find yourself
where you will be at the end,
tell yourself
in that final flowing of cold through your limbs
that you love what you are.

Created for and premiered by Nederlands Dans Theater February 9, 2012 at the Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag, the Netherlands. First performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago December 10, 2015 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago, IL. Music by Johannes Brahms: “Allegro non Troppo from Sonata for Cello and Piano in E Minor, Opus 38,” and “Adagio Affettuoso from Sonato for Cello and Piano in F Major, Opus 99,” from the album Brahms Sonatas for Cello & Piano, courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. Poem by Mark Strand: “Lines for Winter,” from Selected Poems, © 1979 by Mark Strand and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 77-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 77 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, Leslie & Howard Appleby, The Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, EMC, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, The Royal Little Family Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, Stewart Myers, the National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, The John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation, The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.

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