Experience the powerful combination of music and movement in this captivating program of contemporary work from award-winning choreographers who push the boundaries of dance. Genesis 2019 winner Aleix Mañé returns with an emotional world premiere that will appear next to Extremely Close from Pacific Northwest Ballet Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Stephanie Martinez rounds out the trio with a world premiere.

Lizzie Tripp & Randy Crespo. Photo Rachel Malehorn.

NEW WORK

Aleix Mañé danced in works by giants of the dance world including William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, and Ohad Naharin before trying his hand at choreography himself. His created his first work, SelF, for his friend in English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Contest, which won first prize. That experience emboldened him to enter his firsts choreographic competition, Genesis, which he won in 2019. He returns with an emotional world premiere dedicated to a friend and colleague he lost to ALS.

 

Stephanie Martinez was awarded Joffrey Ballet’s “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color” commission and an NEA grant for her premiere of Bliss! with Joffrey Ballet. Her work has been seen on stages of more than 60 companies and collegiate programs around the country, including Ballet Hispanico, Kansas City Ballet, and National Choreographers Initiative. The Chicago Tribune called her a “chameleon” of choreography, challenging the viewer’s notion of what is possible.

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BACK TO THE BEGINNING

Extremely Close was the second work Alejandro Cerrudo at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and helped launch him into his illustrious career, serving as the longtime resident choreographer of Hubbard, and now in the same role at the acclaimed Pacific Northwest Ballet. We return to origin with this evocative work, which The Chicago Tribune called “an arresting dance drama” and “mysterious.”

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