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Robyn Mineko Williams


Robyn Mineko Williams danced for River North Dance Chicago and was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for twelve seasons, during which time 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 she 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, Groundworks Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, and The Nexus Project. She has 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 “50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago” and named "2016 Best of Chicago - Best Choreographer" by Chicago Magazine. Her independent collaborative project, Undercover Episodes, is currently active. 

Robyn Mineko Williams has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

  • Undercover Episodes

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    Undercover Episodes is a performance series with a live original score and dynamic set and stage design intended to deepen and transform one’s experience of contemporary dance. In developing this work, I realized that part of what I love most …

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