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HUBBARD STREET DANCE COMPANY PERFORMS AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

October 29, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WELCOMES

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 10, 2008—“Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is one of the spiciest – not to mention liveliest – companies around.” (New York Post) Exuberant, athletic and eclectic, this remarkable dance troupe has been an innovative force in the dance world for more than 30 years. Under the artistic leadership of Jim Vincent, this bold and arresting company displays a powerful and diverse repertoire, creating thrilling and inspiring dance experiences for its audiences. Audiences have the opportunity to witness Hubbard Street Dance Chicago when the company performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. The company will perform Alejandro Cerrudo’s "Off Screen," Doug Varone’s "The Constant Shift of Pulse" and Ohad Naharin’s "MINUS 16." A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Described by The New York Times as “one of the most buoyant, sleek and exciting American dance troupes,” Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is renowned for its humor and extreme versatility, with dancers trained in a variety of styles from jazz to ballet to modern. The company’s 20 dancers display unparalleled versatility and virtuosity in performances that inspire, challenge and engage audiences worldwide. Hubbard Street was founded in 1977 by dancer and choreographer Lou Conte, who began a tradition of developing relationships with emerging and world-renowned choreographers. Under Artistic Director Jim Vincent, Hubbard Street continues to expand its diverse repertoire with works by national and international choreographers, including Christopher Bruce, Marguerite Donlon, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Susan Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Toru Shimazaki, Twyla Tharp, Jim Vincent and Associate Artistic Director Lucas Crandall. The company also contributes to the evolution of contemporary dance by developing new choreographic talent and collaborating with artists in music, visual art and theater. Hubbard Street has recently collaborated on projects with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other chamber music and jazz ensembles. The company performs for approximately 100,000 people annually, and has appeared at celebrated dance venues worldwide, including American Dance Festival, DanceAspen, Holland Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Spoleto Festival of Two World (Italy) and Spoleto Festival U.S.A. (Charleston, S.C.).

 

Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation and MetLife Foundation.

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

Tickets for HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! Children 12 and under half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other.  Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music, and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.