Dancer/choreographer Lou Conte founded Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 1977 and directed the company until his retirement in 2000. Although he was originally the company’s sole choreographer, Conte built the repertory by forging a key partnership with Twyla Tharp in the 1990s, acquiring seven of her dances including Nine Sinatra Songs and an original work which had its world premiere at the Pillow. The relationship between the company and the Pillow has been particularly close, encompassing more than a dozen engagements since 1983, and including an unusual two-week season in 1990. The company continued to develop and thrive for nine years under the direction of Jim Vincent, and has been led by Glenn Edgerton since the fall of 2009. Edgerton has brought Hubbard Street productions of works by Aszure Barton and William Forsythe to the Pillow in subsequent seasons. The work seen here entered Hubbard Street’s repertory in 2014 as part of its first all-Kylián program, and is set to the same iconic Steve Reich music as Ginette Laurin’s La vie qui bat (The Beat of Life).