Nederlands Dans Theater I Closing (Theater and Galleries) Critic's Choice Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Tue., June 16, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., June 17, 7:30 p.m. 2009

Sleek design and dancing are the trademarks of this world-renowned 50-year-old troupe, which rarely travels to the United States. But as the three highly theatrical pieces on this program show, sleek is hardly the same as slick or unfeeling. In Shoot the Moon, by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, three men and two women form various troubled couples stuck in claustrophobic rooms whose escape hatches--oversize windows and doors--are seldom opened. Crystal Pite's 45-minute piece for 24, The Second Person, is an everyday epic like James Joyce's Ulysses. Set against a Turner-esque backdrop of towering clouds, it includes plain yet poetic voice-over texts--also by Pite--suggesting that minutiae connect us. Familiar to many here, through Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's performances of his wacky Sechs Tanze and racy Petite Mort, Jiri Kylián reveals a graver, more eloquent side in Wings of Wax, performed under the dangling branches of an upended tree. This could be your last chance to see NDT1 for decades: they've done just three U.S. tours - and the only one that included Chicago was in 1972. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $30-$89

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