Hubbard Street Dance kicks off 2019-20 Season

Hubbard Street Dance kicks off 2019-20 Season
Crystal Pite’s “Grace Engine,” part of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s fall series “Forge Forward” at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance, known as America’s premier contemporary dance company, now in its 42nd season kicked off its 2019-20 Season Thursday night at Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph).

The season opener, “Forge Forward” features three pieces including Rena Butler’s new piece called “This, That, and the Third;” Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s full company work, “Grace Engine” and Kyle Abraham’s “The Bystander”.

Each piece runs approximately 20 minutes separated by two intermissions.

Hubbard Street Dancer Rena-Butler in Grace-Engine by Crystal Pite. Photo: Todd Rosenberg © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2017

Hubbard Street Dancer Rena-Butler in Grace-Engine by Crystal Pite. Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton elaborates explaining “Our opening season program “Forge Forward” is highlighting three distinct choreographers at varying moments in their careers. We have the prolific and artfully recognized dance maker, Crystal Pite with the work Grace Engine mixed with two new creations on the program. One of today’s most exciting choreographers, MacArthur genius, Kyle Abraham and Hubbard Street Dancer Rena Butler, Choreographic Fellow and Princess Grace awardee for 2019, are shaping their expressions through contemporary dance and through Hubbard Street.” 

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will present two more performances of “Forge Forward” today, Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 pm. and tomorrow, November 10 at 3:00 pm. at the Harris Theater. 

The season will continue in the spring with Decadance/Chicago choreographed by world-renowned Israeli choreographer and former Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company Ohad Naharin with the 42 Spring Series, March 12, 14 and 15.

Next up is the Summer Series, May 14, 16 and 17. The Summer Series will showcase a world premiere by Robyn Mineko Williams highlighting the company dancers as individuals  bringing out their character and personality in a full company piece.  The Summer Series will also feature an excerpt from Peter Chu’s “Space, In Perspective.” All performances will be held at the Harris Theater.

Where: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St.

Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (including 2 intermissions)

Tickets: $25–$110 at 312-334-7777 and

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 works to innovate and support 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.

Visit for artist profiles, touring schedules, and more.

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