Summer Series Switcharoo

This was supposed to be an interview with Alejandro Cerrudo about the world premiere of his new piece Deep Down Dos, but due to issues with the musical rights (archival v. commercial), the premiere has been postponed until next season.  In its place the company will revive Jorma Elo’s Bitter Suite, originally created for Hubbard Street in 2009 and currently in the touring rep.  Elo continued to “re-work and tweak” the piece throughout the 2009 run, so this version will be new to most of the audience.  Bitter Suite will be first on the program, which opens tonight at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, and is followed by a world premiere of Untouched by Aszure Barton and the return of Toru Shimazaki’s Bardo.  It sounds like it’s going to be a spectacular evening of dance.

Still, it is disappointing that Cerrudo’s new work will not be shown.  RB did get to talk with him about choreographing and his new piece and found him to be open, honest and charming (and fyi, he’s even cuter in person than on stage!).  That interview will run next season when Deep Down has its premiere.  Audience anticipation of his newest creative feat will continue to build, but two new projects — setting new choreographic works in Germany and for NDT II — will keep him busy over the summer.  Look for him on stage during the Summer Series (June 3-6) in all three works.

Earlier this week at Andy Warhol’s Silver Cloud exhibit opening at Crown Hall (IIT campus), HSDC II dancers performed a structured improv to live cello accompaniment amidst the floating silver balloons showing that the future of HSDC is definitely bright.  HSDC Artistic Associate and Rehearsal Director Terence Marling chatted with RB on the music rights issue and subsequent reshuffling of the 2010-2011 season schedule, which is already out.  He jokingly suggested they may need to have an entire evening of Cerrudo choreography as the Spanish choreographer is set for another world premiere here in December.  That wouldn’t be a bad thing IMHO.

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