Dance Magazine 2015 “25 to Watch” Profile: Robyn Mineko Williams


In rehearsal with Hubbard Street. Photo by Todd Rosenberg, Courtesy HSDC.

In rehearsal with Hubbard Street. Photo by Todd Rosenberg, Courtesy HSDC.

By Steve Sucato

There is a sophistication about Robyn Mineko Williams’ works that many choreographers never quite attain. Her inventive movement phrases, compositional clarity and heartfelt emotion are informed by captivating simplicity—she lets the quiet spaces between movements color the work. It’s especially evident in her cinematic One Take for Grand Rapids Ballet. In one section, beautifully fragile images backed by the haunting melody of Debussy’s Clair de Lune reveal a mature choreographic mind that sees grace on a par with physicality.

Since her first major work in 2010, Williams has choreographed for Visceral Dance Chicago, The Nexus Project and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she was a dancer for 12 seasons. Most recently, she was involved in the company’s comedic dance theater collaboration with improv troupe The Second City. With her stock on the rise, Williams will create a new work in May with a group of freelance dancers at Baryshnikov Arts Center through her 2014 Princess Grace Works in Progress Residency Award.

See more at: http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/January-2015/25-to-Watch-#sthash.LhhTNw4f.dpuf

This article originally appeared in Dance Magazine on January 1, 2015. Copyright Steve Sucato.

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