Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
We're in the dog days of summer, the time when we all need a rejuvenating trip to the lakefront and a good jolt of energy to propel us into the fall. Lucky for us, Hubbard Street's providing just what the doctor ordered: one benefit concert, one $10 concert, and one free concert at Navy Pier's Skyline Stage. The jolt comes from the company's rigorous, vigorous dancing and the works on the program: Twyla Tharp's shimmering, high-octane Golden Section, set to music by David Byrne; Daniel Ezralow's lilting romp to traditional Irish and Scottish songs, Lady Lost Found; David Parsons's The Envelope, which takes us through cartoony secret-agent versions of several Rossini overtures (and hasn't been done by Hubbard Street in some years); Margo Sappington's romantic Mirage, a high-flying duet that practically launches the woman into space; and artistic director Lou Conte's The 40s, a dance that never fails to send the audience back into the streets humming. The occasion? Kicking off the troupe's 20th anniversary season. Thank founder Conte for that, as well as for Hubbard Street's abundant energy, the engine that drives The 40s and every other dance this company has bestowed on the city. At the Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand. The company benefit performance is Thursday, August 28, at 7:30 ($75-$150); call 312-663-0853 for tickets and information. The "family performance" is next Friday, August 29, at 8 ($10); call 312-902-1500 for tickets. And the free performance is next Saturday, August 30, at 8; call 312-245-0711 for information. --Laura Molzahn
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Lois Greenfield.