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Sept. 21, 2007

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns to UI Hancher Auditorium Oct. 12

A new Hancher-commissioned work will be part of the program when the perennially popular Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns to the University of Iowa for a Hancher Auditorium performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

The Hancher-commissioned work is "B-Sides (12" Mix)" by Brian Enos, who is in his fourth season as a member of the Hubbard Street company, and has choreographed five previous works for the company.

Other works on the program will be "Extremely Close" by Hubbard Street company member Alejandro Cerrudo, renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's "Passomezzo," and "Sechs Tanze" by legendary Czech choreographer Jiri Kilian to music of Mozart. This will be the first public performance of "Extremely Close," which will have its official world premiere in Chicago in April 2008.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which is celebrating 30 years at the forefront of American dance, has performed in Hancher several times, and Hancher's most recent Hubbard Street commission, "Gimme" by Lucas Crandall, remains in the company's active repertory.

The foundation for the company was laid when Lou Conte opened his dance studio on Hubbard Street in 1974. Just three years later Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was founded, and was led by Conte for the next 23 years, establishing an international reputation for its versatility and exuberant, virtuosic performances of crowd-pleasing repertory.

Over the years the company has been associated with the cream of the crop of contemporary choreographers, including not only Kilian and Naharin, but also Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Daniel Ezralow, Bob Fosse, Susan Marshall, Christopher Bruce and William Forsythe. This year the company premiered "Cryptograph" by Lubovitch, who discovered his destiny as a dancer and choreographer while he was a student at the UI.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago now performs annually throughout the world, for audiences totaling more than 100,000.

The Oct. 12 performance is supported by Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago are $42/36/32; UI student $37.80/15; senior citizen $37.80/32.40/28.80; youth $29.40/25.20/22.40.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered online 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications, 773-525-3974,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office) 319-430-1013 (cell),

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