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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street's topflight dancers have sometimes been stuck in choreography that doesn't really take off. But not this year. Jiri Kylian's Sechs Tanze ("Six Dances") is the perfect vehicle for the company, a comic wonder reminiscent of David Parsons's The Envelope but with better dancing. Set to a score by Mozart, it features four couples in 18th-century powdered wigs--so powdery, in fact, that the dancers sometimes occupy dusty clouds--who cavort and gambol and wrestle like five-year-olds. Looking a little like characters from Les liaisons dangereuses, the tragicomic epistolary novel in which men and women scheme and hope and hop from bed to bed, the dancers barely sketch a narrative of pursuit, retreat, and deception. The other standout is Nacho Duato's Jardi Tancat ("Enclosed Garden"), a moody but lyrical sextet that's something of a departure for Hubbard Street, with ethnic-sounding music by Maria Del Mar Bonet and choreography that's unmistakably modern, without a hint of the upright carriage and hubristic extensions that are Hubbard Street's legacy from ballet and jazz dance. Both pieces pop up on various programs during the run, through May 3 (see listing for complete schedule). At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress; $16-$46. Call 312-902-1500 for tickets, 312-850-9744 for information on subscriber and group rates and the sixth annual "Dancin' the Night Away" benefit, following the performance on Friday, April 24 ($75). --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by William Frederking.

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