Abby’s Northrop Staff Pick: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Jan 06, 2016

Throwback to the summer of my sophomore year of high school when I had the awesome opportunity of taking the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Intensive for a few weeks. Not only did we get to take class and learn Hubbard Street repertoire, but we also got to sit in on the rehearsals for the creation of a brand new piece. So, there I was, sitting on the studio floor with wide eyes watching these master technicians and fiercely passionate performers create a new work of art in front of me. I’ve been obsessed ever since, which is why they are my staff pick of Northrop’s 2015//16 Season.

I have basically grown up with Hubbard Street. They used to come to my hometown of Madison just about every year, and every year they amazed me. They made me laugh, they made me cry, they made me jump to my feet, and they made me reflect. These dancers are masterful, and their repertoire is vast.

I’m particularly excited for Gnawa, choreographed by Nacho Duato (same choreographer as Rust, performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company last season, if you were lucky enough to see that unforgettable performance). This piece is inspired by Mediterranean and Sufi-influenced Moroccan music, which just exudes beauty and drive.

Are you ready to fall in love with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago? Or maybe you already have after seeing them at the State Theater in Northrop’s 2012//13 season just a few years ago. Either way, whether you’re a returning fan or new to exploring dance, prepare for an evening of high energy, stunning technique, innovative and exciting choreography, and just an all around night of unbelievably breathtaking dance. I know I will be just as wide-eyed as I was on the studio floor of Hubbard’s Lou Conte studios back in high school. Come experience the awe, you won’t regret it. 

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