In 2009, Jim Vincent, artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for nine years, took up the reins of Nederlands Dance Theater (an alum, he had danced there in the 1980s), creating the Chicago opening for Glenn Edgerton. Edgerton, known in Los Angeles as a former Joffrey Ballet soloist and for his brief stint at the Colburn School’s dance program, had also danced with NDT under Jirí Kylián. Edgerton eventually ran the adventurous European company himself from 1994 to 2004.
What matters most about the intercontinental travel is choreography. NDT, considered the great incubator for top European dance makers Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Kylián, occupies one end of a pipeline funneling avant-garde ballets into the U.S. This addition significantly repositions Hubbard Street, a former jazz-dance-based ensemble, onto a global platform.
-- Debra Levine
Photo: Jim Vincent