Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure

A World Premiere Kennedy Center Co-Commission with Hubbard Street 2.
October 9-18 2015.

Hubbard Street 2, the acclaimed early-career ensemble of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, follows up its 2010 Kennedy Center premiere of Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure with a new work devised in collaboration with Manual Cinema, Chicago’s innovative company merging shadow puppetry with live performance and filmmaking techniques.

Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure features Hubbard Street 2 with choreography and original concept by Robyn Mineko Williams, music direction by Kyle Vegter, puppetry and projection design by Julia Miller and Sarah Fornace, and narrative design by Fornace, Miller, and Williams. The tedium of everyday life in the not-too-distant future makes a girl restless until one day she discovers a crate in her attic, filled with vinyl records collected by her mother. Armed only with headphones, our young hero is transported to a world of music and shadow, where she makes friends, builds impossible machines, escapes entrapment, and slays her own demons. For ages 5 and up.


Choreography and Original Concept by Robyn Mineko Williams
Original Story by Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller and Robyn Mineko Williams
Music Direction and Sound Design by Kyle Vegter
Puppetry and Projection Concept by Sarah Fornace and Julia Miller
Puppetry and Projection Design by Lizi Breit, Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace and Julia Miller
Lighting Design by Julie E. Ballard
Costume Design by Branimira Ivanova
Dance and Puppetry performed by  Katlin Michael Bourgeois, Zachary Enquist, Jade Hooper, Natalie Leibert, Oscar Carrillo and Christina Vargas
HS2 Production Stage Manager Claire Chrzan


“wildly imaginative”
Kendall Mostafavi, D.C. Metro Theatre Arts, October 2015 


Hubbard Street 2 + Manual Cinema’s Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.