Inspired by and created alongside the late Claire Bataille, Chicago dance icon, renowned teacher and founding member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Echo Mine explores the nature of artistic legacy and lineage, as well as the inimitable qualities Bataille brought to her work as a dancer, teacher and woman.
Joining Williams onstage for the full evening performance are Meredith Dincolo - like Williams a former company member at Hubbard Street - and current company member, Jacqueline Burnett. Echo Mine features an original score by acclaimed band, Califone, set and projection design by CandyStations, lighting design by Eric Southern and costume design by Hogan McLaughlin.
RMW: Claire, founding muse and indomitable powerhouse of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, had agreed for me to create a solo for her, 25 years after her retirement from the company. We referred to it as our “secret little project”. Just one month after we began to rehearse, Claire was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
My idol, my mentor, my friend, and now muse, shared her final months with me in the studio, a testament to the grit and grace that she was so treasured for. The process was as humbling as inspiring. The product, an evening-length creation danced by three generations of Hubbard Street dancers, is a reflection of this time together; it is at once a memoir and meditation on the broader themes of legacy, loss, and imprint.
Echo Mine is a co-presentation of the Harris Theater and also supported in part by a 2018 Princess Grace Foundation - USA Special Projects grant and 2018 DCASE Individual Artist grant. The music is solely commissioned by Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.