Hubbard Street Dance Chicago continues its 2020/21 43rd season with a virtual premiere presentation of new work from former Hubbard Street dancer and acclaimed choreographer Jonathan Fredrickson. The film, entitled The Sky Was Different, was conceived, co-directed and choreographed by Fredrickson while working remotely from his current home in Wuppertal, Germany. This 50-minute surrealist film was co-directed with for-mer Hubbard Street dancer Tobin Del Cuore of Imagination + Muscle Production Company.
In addition to featuring complex choreography, this highly personal piece incorporates original poetry written by the dancers under Fredrickson’s direction, discussing their experiences during the global pandemic. Accompanying the film is an original composition by Oleg Stepanov, a composer and dancer from Wupper-tal. Cinematographer Alex Birnie shot the film at Schweikher House in Schaumburg and C5 Create With No Limits, where rigorous precautions were taken for the safety of the cast and crew.
The Sky Was Different can be viewed for free on the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago website. Viewers can receive a link to the screening by registering at hubbardstreetdance.com. Can also be viewed on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.