Dance: IN ANY EVENT (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

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by Tony Frankel on March 15, 2021

in Dance,Theater-Chicago,Virtual

If there’s any consolation from the pandemic, it’s that you get to experience the best dance from around the country. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s (HSDC) 43rd season will resume Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 7:30pm CT with a virtual world premiere of In Any Event a new 30-minute piece by former HSDC dancer Penny Saunders. The piece will also be streamed Saturday, March 27 at 7:30pm CT and Sunday, March 28 at 2pm CT. Each presentation of the film will be followed by live, interactive conversations with Saunders and other members of the creative team. Created at a time when gathering for events is not possible for most due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film explores the complex interpersonal dynamics inherent within significant life celebrations. RSVP at HSDC to receive the link via email. The RSVP link will be made available two weeks prior to the premiere. HSDC will stream the will stream the work on Vimeo.

IN ANY EVENT, performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

“There is an array of events that one experiences in their lifetime, from birthdays to New Year’s parties, and from weddings to funerals. These monumental ceremonies merge casts of characters with individual narratives—some more private, some more evident. With intermingling storylines and layered histories, these gatherings can be intense and complex collisions of viewpoint, rather than the easy celebrations that they appear to be,” says Saunders.

In Any Event was co-directed by Saunders and Bruno Roque and filmed by HMS Media. The film includes music by Franz Schubert, original compositions by Michael Wall, and stories and songs recorded by Hubbard Street dancers. The work was filmed at Walden, a private event space in the West Loop neighborhood, and performed by the full HSDC company.

IN ANY EVENT, performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

About Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s mission is to bring artists, art, and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate and change lives through the experience of dance. Celebrating Season 43 in 2020-2021, HSDC is committed to keeping its dancers creating and finding innovative ways to continue to share an exceptional contemporary dance with the community. Hubbard Street also offers extensive Education and Adaptive Dance Programs to ensure that residents in every neighborhood of Chicago have access to the benefits of dance.

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