Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will present its spring program, a revival of the critically acclaimed fan-favorite DECADANCE/CHICAGO, at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, March 12, 14 and 15, 2020. Choreographed by world-renowned Israeli choreographer and former Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company Ohad Naharin, the evening-length piece was curated specifically for Hubbard Street and called “spectacularly immersive” by the Chicago Tribune, and “a journey that you want to experience over and over” by the New York Times.
“Ohad Naharin’s work has long been one of the most popular works in Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s repertoire,” said artistic director Glenn Edgerton. “The timing felt right to bring this seminal work, which so expertly suits the talents or our dancers and remains fresh and surprising even after repeated viewings, back for our spring engagement.” DECADANCE/CHICAGO features excerpts from a number of Naharin’s previous pieces and is the latest iteration of Naharin’s series Deca Dance, which is recreated every 10 years, including elements from Minus 16 (1999), which made its US debut performed by Hubbard Street in 2000 and was described by the Chicago Tribune as “sensational.”
Additional pieces from Naharin’s repertoire that will be referenced include KYR (1990), Mabul (1992), Anaphase (1993), Zachacha (1998), Naharin’s Virus (2001), Three (2005), George and Zalman (2006), Max (2007), Seder (2007) and Sadeh21 (2011).
Tickets to DECADANCE/CHICAGO at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park range from $25 to $110, are on sale now and can be purchased at hubbardstreetdancechicago.com. DECADANCE/CHICAGO is sponsored by Diversity Partner Baker McKenzie and Exelon. Athletico, Chicago Athletic Clubs and Illinois Arts Council are Season 42 Partners.
About the Choreographer
Ohad Naharin was born in Israel and was raised in an artistic environment — his mother taught dance and composition, and his father was a doctor of Psychology and an actor. Naharin began his training as a dancer with Batsheva Dance Company and continued his studies at Julliard. He danced for one season in the Martha Graham Company and with Maurice Bejart. Between 1980 and 1990 Naharin was active in the New York dance scene and worked with various companies. Jirí Kylián of the Nederlands Dance Theater (NDT) saw Naharin's work, which began a long partnership between the two and NDT. In 1990 Naharin became Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company and created KYR, a full-length work commissioned by the Israel Festival, Jerusalem, for which he composed the music with Israeli rock group The Tractor's Revenge. KYR was a first landmark in the succession of pieces which gave birth to the "new" Batsheva — bold, sweeping, and physically sensual. Naharin's work is also in the repertoire of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Cullberg Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, Compania Nacional de Danzade Madrid, and Opèra National de Paris.
About Hubbard Street
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s core purpose is to bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate, transform and change lives through the experience of dance. Celebrating Season 42 in 2019-20, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton and Executive Leadership of David McDermott, Hubbard Street continues to innovate, supporting ascendant creative talent while presenting repertory by internationally recognized living artists. Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms alongside the Lou Conte Dance Studio — now in its fifth decade of providing a wide range of public classes and pre-professional training — while extensive Youth, Education, Community, Adaptive Dance and Family Programs keep the organization deeply connected to its hometown. Visit hubbardstreetdance.com for artist profiles, touring schedules, and much more.
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