Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is committed to keeping its dancers creating and finding innovative ways to share exceptional contemporary dance with the community, and their recent acclaimed series of films did just that. These three short film explorations were produced after the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 and presented free to the public as part of Hubbard Street’s Season 43: A Virtual Homecoming. A Tale of Two by Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Rena Butler, is filled with tension and tenderness, reflecting the vulnerability of youth in a violent world. In Half of Us, former Hubbard Street Dancer and Princess Grace Award-winner, Robyn Mineko Williams, creates a mesmerizing ebb and flow of melody and movement, as two dancers and two musicians merge their artistry upon a lonely landscape. Her Ended When, a cinematic solo, features an excerpt of Mineko Williams’ popular work, Cloudline.

This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.

Please note: ticket revenue from this film screening will be shared with the artists.


"A Tale of Two is yet another testament to the powerful trifecta of Black activism, artistry and collaboration—behind and in front of the camera.” —See Chicago Dance

“Shot in a Chicago parking lot, Ended When counterbalances that tranquil feeling of lying down and staring up into the clouds with a feeling of all-consuming heartbreak” —Dance Magazine

“I could have watched sixteen more minutes of Half Of Us, and I think that’s specific to viewing this dance in film format with the added stylistic layers and opportunities to get close to the performers: to be in the van with them, to experience their memories with them, to watch from the same room as they held each other softly.” —See Chicago Dance


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