The mission of Robyn Mineko Williams and Artists is to create an inventive, collaborative and universally connective body of dance-based work.
Robyn Mineko Williams began her career at River North Dance Chicago and was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for twelve seasons during which she performed choreography by numerous renowned artists including Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Johan Inger, and originated roles in new works by Jorma Elo, Sharon Eyal, Twyla Tharp and Lar Lubovitch, among others. She began making her own work in 2001 through Hubbard Street’s Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop. She has since created multiple premieres for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago including the Art of Falling, a critically acclaimed, full evening production by the artists of The Second City and Hubbard Street as well as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Malpaso Dance Company, Charlotte Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Groundworks Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago and The Nexus Project, and presented at the Kennedy Center, the American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater and other venues.
Named one of Dance Magazine's “25 to Watch” for 2014, Williams was one of Northwest Dance Project’s 2012 International Choreography Competition winners, received a 2013 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship and was selected as an E-choreographer for Springboard Danse Montreal the same year. In 2015 she completed a Princess Grace Foundation–USA Works In Progress Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and received a Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission Award from the Princess Grace Foundation–USA in support of Mariko's Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure, her second full-length children's program in collaboration with shadow puppetry performance collective, Manual Cinema. Williams was named "2016 Best of Chicago - Best Choreographer" by Chicago Mag and selected as one of NewCIty's Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago in 2016 and 2018.
In the works for RMW and Artists… Echo Mine, a new full evening piece inspired dance icon and founding Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member, Claire Bataille, with original music by Califone, scenic and projection design by CandyStations and costume design by Hogan McLaughlin. The work is supported in part by a 2018 Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects Grant and 2018 DCASE Individual Artist Grant.