ABOUT

Robyn Mineko Williams danced for 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 and, in 2010, co-choreographed with Terence Marling Hubbard Street 2’s Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure, designed for young audiences. She has since created multiple premieres for Hubbard Street’s main company including the Art of Falling, a critically acclaimed, full evening production by the artists of The Second City and Hubbard Street and has made work for Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago and The Nexus Project, 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 recently 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. In 2016, Williams was selected as one of NewCIty's Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago and named "2016 Best of Chicago - Best Choreographer" by Chicago Mag. Her collaborative performance, UNDER(cover), premiered in Chicago this past May with four sold out shows.

 
Credit: Todd Rosenberg
 

RESUME

Choreographic Works and Commissions


 2016:

"UNDER(cover) Episode 002: Chicago" - premiered at Links Hall in Chicago, IL

"At the Apex" - Thodos Dance Chicago, premiered at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL


2015:

"Mariko's Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure" - Hubbard Street 2 in collaboration with Manual Cinema, premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
 
"UNDER(cover) Episode 001: NYC/Work In Progress" - Independent Collaboration/Work In Progress with Jay T. Williams, Robert F. Haynes, and Anthony Lazarra, 2015 Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, NY
 
"Fields Magnetic" - Atlanta Ballet, premiered as part of Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi in Sautee Nacoochee, GA
 
2014:
 
"Waxing Moon" - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL
 
"The Art of Falling: by the artists of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Second City" - premiered at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance in Chicago, IL
 
"The Watson" - Visceral Dance Chicago, premiered at C5 in Chicago, IL
 
"Glint" - Visceral Dance Chicago, premiered at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance in Chicago, IL
 
"One Take" - Grand Rapids Ballet, premiered at Peter Martin Wege Theatre in Grand Rapids, MI
 
"Saku" - Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, premiered at Salvatore Capezio Theatre in New York, NY
 
2013:
 
"Fluence" - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, premiered at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
 
"Grey Horses" - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, premiered at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL
 
"Intercepted" - Springboard Danse Montreal, premiered at Usine-C Theatre in Montreal, QC
 
"Unfix" - Same Planet, Different World, premiered at Millenium Park's Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago, IL
 
“Emilie” - Hubbard Street 2/Juilliard Senior Showcase
 
“Seven” - Western Michigan University, BFA Dance Department
 
2012:
 
“Recall” - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, commissioned by the Joyce Theater, premiered at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL
 
“Solletico” - Northwest Dance Project LAUNCH 7
 
“B&C” - The Nexus Project
 
2010:
 
“Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure” - Hubbard Street 2, premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
 
 
Choreographic Awards
 
2015: Princess Grace Foundation-USA CMCC Award
 
2014: Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works In Progress Residency
 
2013: Princess Grace Foundation-USA Choreographic Fellowship
 
2012: Northwest Dance Project, winner of the Pretty Creatives International Choreography Competition
 
 
Performance Experience
 
2012: Aszure Barton and Artists
 
2000 – 2012: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Artistic Directors: Glenn Edgerton, Jim Vincent
 
1999: Chicago Arts Project, Artistic Director: Jay Franke
 
1995 – 1999: River North Chicago Dance Company, Artistic Directors: Frank Chaves, Sherry Zunker