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Hubbard Street Dance
Hubbard Street dancers with Chagall's "America Windows." Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

We first fell for Marc Chagall?s America Windows during that iconic Ferris Bueller?s Day Off scene when the hooky-playing kids sneak a kiss in front of those gorgeous stained-glass panels at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Turns out we?re not the only ones in love with Chagall?s iconic installation. For Hubbard Street Dance Chicago?s 35th-anniversary season, resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo has produced a special evening-length piece--the company?s first--inspired by those swirly blue scenes originally fashioned to celebrate the American Bicentennial.

Dubbed One Thousand Pieces, Cerrudo?s work is set to the music of 20th-century composer Philip Glass and promises to be a rich visual treat, with the full company plus the dancers of Hubbard Street 2 onstage for the performance--a 24-strong cast.

Tomorrow's world premiere of One Thousand Pieces kicks off Hubbard Street?s fall series at the Harris Theater, and it promises to be a big-deal celebration. Set and costumes are designed by Thomas Mika--best known for his work in Germany--whose vision was carried out by no less than 36 members of Hubbard Street?s production staff, plus 11 wardrobe specialists.

The production is the culmination of 20 weeks of planning. How many of us can say that of our autumnal rituals?

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago?s Fall Series, October 18 to 21, Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr.; 312-850-9744 or

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