Though Hubbard Street is performing two new works during these four weeks of performances, the main attraction is the sublime brat Twyla Tharp, who's represented by at least one dance on each of the eight programs. Tharp has a top-drawer work here for every taste: the humorous, hammy Baker's Dozen for gentle souls and nostalgia buffs, the ultraromantic Nine Sinatra Songs for lovers of penguin suits and evening dresses, the apocalyptic Fait Accompli for cynical modern types, the thrilling Golden Section for roller-coaster addicts, and I Remember Clifford for those who like a bit of story with their dancing. To be fair, the new pieces look intriguing, too: Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato's Na floresta is a dance for five men and five women set to music by Heitor Villa-Lobos; meant to evoke the Amazonian rain forest, it features painted silk costumes designed by Duato himself. And Hubbard Street stalwart Daniel Ezralow--choreographer of such popular works as Read My Hips and Super Straight Is Coming Down--supplies Lady Lost Found, set to Irish and Scottish folk music. The programs are rounded out by such other company favorites as Kevin O'Day and Margo Sappington. Tuesday at 7 (opening-night gala): Baker's Dozen, The Golden Section, Lady Lost Found, and Na floresta. Thursday, April 17, at 7; next Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at 8; and next Sunday, April 20, at 3: Na floresta, Baker's Dozen, Sappington's Step Out of Love, and O'Day's Quartet for IV (and Sometimes One, Two or Three...). The rest of the programs rotate through May 11. At the Shubert Theatre, 22 W. Monroe; $12-$45. Call 312-902-1500 or 312-831-2822 for tickets, 312-663-0853 for information and reservations for groups of ten or more. --Laura Molzahn
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo of "Na floresta" by Lois Greenfield.