in the photo: Alejandro Cerrudo, resident choreographer at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

The 35th Anniversary Season of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will feature the work of Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo who was inspired by Marc Chagall’s famed America Windows, permanently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. Commissioned by Hubbard Street Cerrudo created a single theme, entitled One Thousand Pieces, to celebrate the Company’s significant 35-year history as Chicago’s premiere contemporary dance company. This world premiere will be given in honor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Harris Theater.

“For 35 years Hubbard Street Dance has showcased Chicago’s extraordinary local talent and vibrant cultural community to the world,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I am committed to making Chicago a worldwide destination for dance and look forward to celebrating this wonderful cultural institution in our city.”

“I am honored that Hubbard Street Dance Chicago can celebrate the start of its 35th Anniversary in our hometown with this beautiful tribute,” comments Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton. “I knew immediately that I wanted the launch of this monumental season to embody all that Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is — a dance company proud of its hometown and collaborations with like- minded cultural institutions; a company that is deeply seeded in choreographic development and new works; and a company that believes in the importance of all art forms, in this case dance, visual art and music melding together for this cultural event. It is only natural that in honor of our 35th Anniversary, we give this new work to The City of Chicago in tribute to Mayor Emanuel and his commitment to make Chicago an international destination for dance.”

The monumental panels of stained glass, created by Chagall especially for the Art Institute and dedicated to Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902–1976), commemorate the American Bicentennial. The glowing glass infuses the artist’s landscape of familiar American icons, references to Chicago and symbols of the fine arts that suggests the creative expansiveness made possible by American freedom and liberty.

“Hubbard Street has given me the opportunity to launch my career as a choreographer and I will always be grateful for that,” reflects Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. “Choosing Marc Chagall’s America Windows is a nod to the year that Hubbard Street was founded, as well as to the feelings and energy that these beautiful panels convey to me. Having thought about this work since last year, I am eager to get started on creating this tribute. With America Windows as my inspiration, the music of Philip Glass as my frame, the Harris Theater stage as my canvas and the dancers of Hubbard Street as my paintbrush, I hope to create a magical evening that does justice to this renowned dance company, and honors a City that has become my home.”

At the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, October 18-21, 2012. Tickets from $25 to $99. For more information about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 35th Anniversary Season and subscription packages, please call the Hubbard Street Ticket Office at 312-850-9744 or visit

Source: Press release.