Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Brief Run (Theater) Critic's Choice Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: March 18-21 2010

Still in his first year as artistic director, Glenn Edgerton is maintaining HSDC's international profile with the company premiere this weekend of 27'52", by Nederlands Dans Theater choreographer Jiri Kylian--the first time Kylian has set the piece on a U.S. troupe. Things fall apart at the seams in this chilling work: the dancers sometimes peel back or split apart a floor covering consisting of six rubber strips spanning the width of the stage. White on top, black underneath, the strips reinforce a sense of a shadowy menace in the sextet, which opens with a woman standing limply before a man who seems to sculpt her. Her eyes half-closed, she's like a sleepwalker at the mercy of an incubus. Dirk Haubrich's music--whines, booms, creaks, bubbly underwater sounds--enhances the horror-flick atmosphere. Two world premieres by company members will also be performed: Alejandro Cerrudo's First Light, danced by Hubbard Street 2, and Terence Marling's At 'em (Atem) Adam, set to a pastiche that samples Billie Holiday, violinist Mark O'Connor, and street musician Louis Thomas Hardin (aka Moondog). Susan Marshall's Kiss completes the program. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $25-$90

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