Irene Hsiao

Monster Studies

I study monsters. Advertisements

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Mad Rush

I am currently working on a film with Le Wang called Mad Rush. It is inspired by a piece of the same title that I choreographed in January 2013. Below … Continue reading

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Letter from Taipei

Letter from Taipei is a picture book I made while teaching English at National Taipei University of Technology. It traces color and its absence and attempts to document the extraordinary … Continue reading

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Winter Series 2017, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater, 7-10 December 2017

A stark, almost monochrome, vision dominates Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Winter Series, which features remounts of three works by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Presented in the cavernous Harris Theater, A … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Erik L. Peterson’s Checks & Balances at Loyola University, Chicago, 4 October 2017

Phalanxes of singers stand poised to descend the stairs in the lobby of the Mundelein Center at Loyola University, boys on the left, girls on the right, boys in cool … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hubbard Street at 40: Summer Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 8-11 June 2017

A human lives 70 years, a dancer 40, if he or she is lucky. A dance company lives anywhere from a season to some centuries, but 40 is a ripe … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Liar by Promethean Theatre Ensemble at the Athenaeum, 29 April-21 May 2017

What misery it must be for the stage That plays in tripping meter’s not the rage For what more beauteous letter to rehearse Than that that’s set in a melodious … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Hard Problem at Court Theatre, 9 March-9 April 2017

Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem has closed at Court Theatre after a run that was evidently greeted with more enthusiasm than its London premiere, during which, director Charles Newell baldly … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Season 39 Spring Series at the Harris Theater, 16-19 March 2017

Thursday evening found the seats of the Harris Theater less full than any other time I have seen it for the city’s beloved Hubbard Street Dance Chicago[1]—and the company the … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, 10-12 March 2017 at the Epic Center, Kalamazoo

(photos by Christopher Stevenson) Kalamazoo is a lovely place to come back to, the kind of town where people seem to know your name and the streets look much the … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment