January 24, 2019 at 7:30pm

Musco Center Presents

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Glenn Edgerton, Artistic Director

Contemporary Dance by Renown Living Artists

Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents the American dance institution, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:30pm. Now in its 41st season, Hubbard Street continues to innovate, supporting ascendant creative talent.

Hubbard Street’s Musco Center debut features a diverse program by internationally recognized living artists. “We celebrate the return of Hubbard Street to Orange County,” said Richard T. Bryant, Executive Director of Musco Center. “Experiencing such a vast variety of contemporary dance created by international artists with a finger on the pulse of today and an eye on the future of the art form is what makes this company so powerful.” The program includes works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Crystal Pite.

As the first U.S. dance company to perform dance-making icon William Forsythe’s N.N.N.N. (2002), Hubbard Street will perform a new version of the dance piece restaged by original cast members Cyril Baldy and Amancio Gonzalez. “It’s a difficult work, done without music,” said Merilyn Jackson for Broad Street Review.

Closing out the program is Grace Engine (2011) by 2018 Dance Magazine Award Honoree, choreographer Crystal Pite. “Pite’s gift for the poetics of dance is evident everywhere;” said Judith Mackrell for The Guardian. “Even the most functional gesture of balance or support feels freighted with observed and felt emotion.” Known for her dance company, Kidd Pivot, Pite’s visceral and intricate choreography integrates movement, original music, text and rich visual design, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk.

Hubbard Street pays tribute to its two-decade relationship with the Spanish-born artist Nacho Duato. The company brings Duato’s plaintive, pastoral Jardí Tancat (1983) to Musco Center. The work features three couples and is set to Catalan music recorded by vocalist María del Mar Bonet i Verdaguer.

Hubbard Street resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety-Split (2006) is a contemporary work danced by three couples enveloped in the unpredictable layers of love. The dancers are moved in tune with the sounds of renowned Bay Area songwriter Devendra Banhart.

Musco Master Class Program offers professional mentorship to Chapman University and Orange County School of the Arts students.

Chapman University Department of Dance students will have the opportunity to learn directly from Hubbard Street Dance artists as part of the Musco Master Class Program. While in residence, principal dancers will work with BFA students to develop their choreographic process and have a glimpse into the everyday workings of an internationally performing dance company.

“It is an honor for our students to explore such exuberant choreography from such an acclaimed company as Hubbard Street,” said Julianne O’Brien Pedersen, College of Performing Arts Department of Dance Chair. “Each company has a different creative process. Each mentor that comes to the department from the Musco Master Class Program is different and the insight and experience that they so generously share brings an inspiring approach that I know resonates with our dancers.”

Orange County School of the Arts students will also have the unique opportunity to learn from Hubbard Street Dance company members in a fusion of the Musco Master Class Program with the school’s Master Artists Series.

Tickets for January 24 are on sale now for $35-65 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at www.muscocenter.org or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.