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Hubbard Street: a new dance partner for USC Kaufman

The first workshop at USC includes master classes with Hubbard Street faculty and other mentors

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Jesse Bechard with Jacqueline Burnett and Johnny McMillan in Quintett by William-Forsythe. (Photo/Cheryl-Mann)

The USC Kaufman School of Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago have announced a partnership. Beginning in summer 2016, Hubbard Street, a leading practitioner of interdisciplinary dance artistry, will host a program of intensive workshops at USC Kaufman.

The initial two-week workshop will include master classes with Hubbard Street artistic faculty, as well as other mentors. In the fall, Hubbard Street artistic director Glenn Edgerton will visit campus and teach master classes to USC Kaufman BFA students. Future residencies planned will involve both Hubbard Street’s main company and Hubbard Street 2, its respected training ground for early career dancers and choreographers.

“USC Kaufman is dedicated to facilitating space and time for dance creation and inquiry. By joining forces with organizations nationally and internationally, this increases opportunities for our students and faculty. I am thrilled with our new partnership with Hubbard Street,” said Jodie Gates, vice dean and director of USC Kaufman. “It’s a wonderfully organic relationship.”

An epicenter for dance

USC Kaufman is emerging as a creative epicenter for the interdisciplinary study of both classical and contemporary dance techniques. In fall 2016, the school will move into a new building, the 55,000-square-foot Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

“We’re honored to serve the next generation of international dance artists in cooperation with the USC Kaufman School of Dance,” Edgerton said. “Through the combination of expert faculty, a thoughtful curriculum and the school’s fantastic new facility, this partnership will undoubtedly bring as much learning and growth to Hubbard Street as it will to USC students.”

Robert Cutietta, dean of USC Kaufman, added: “We are very excited about this partnership. It will create incredible opportunities for our students.

“We want USC Kaufman to be known as a collaborator, both professionally and artistically, with professional organizations.”

This will be a very exciting partnership to watch develop.

Jodie Gates

USC Kaufman and Hubbard Street share an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the study of dance creation and performance. In 2014, Hubbard Street premiered its second original work by USC Kaufman faculty artist in residence Victor Quijada, and in 2015 will be presenting a June gala and a season-opening engagement dedicated to the work of choreographer William Forsythe, who is joining USC Kaufman as a professor and artistic adviser to the school’s Choreographic Institute. Edgerton, Gates and Forsythe have a long history of working together.

“Hubbard Street is doing remarkable new work and site-specific work that includes an outreach component, and USC Kaufman is speaking to that same artistic community,” Gates said. “This will be a very exciting partnership to watch develop.”

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