Category: Millennium Park

Review: The Art of Falling (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & Second City, 2016)

Carisa Barreca and Jesse Bechard in Art of Falling          
      

   
The Art of Falling 

Written by Tim Mason, Carisa Barreca,
   T.J. Jagodowski, Kate James, Chris Redd
at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph (map)
thru June 19  |  tix: $25-$109   |  more info
       
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June 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Fall Series featuring William Forsythe (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

Michael Gross and Jeffery Duffy in "One Flat Thing," part of Hubbard Street Dance's "Fall Series" featuring works by choreographer William Forsythe. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)         
      
Fall Series 2015 

Choreographed by William Forsythe
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph (map)
thru Oct 18  |  tix: $35-$106  |  more info 
       
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October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Queenie Pie (Chicago Opera Theater)

Karen Marie Richardson stars as Queenie Pie in Chicago Opera Theater's "Queenie Pie" by Duke Ellington, directed by Ken Roht, conducted by Jeff Lindberg. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
      
Queenie Pie

Adapted from Duke Ellington  
Directed and Choreographed by Ken Roht
Conducted by Jeff Lindberg
at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph (map)
thru March 23  |  tickets: $35-$150   |  more info
       
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February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Winter Series (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

Hubbard Street Dancers Jesse Bechard (in blue) and David Schultz in Casi-Casa by Mats Ek. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
       
Winter Series 

Choreography by Aszure Barton,
    Alejandro Cerrudo and Mats Ek
at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph (map)
thru Dec 9  |  tickets: $25-$99   |  more info
       
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December 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Momentum (River North Dance Chicago)

Jessica Wolfrum performs in River North Chicago's "Renatus", choreographed by Nejla Yatkin. (photo credit: Cheryl Mann)        
      
Momentum 

Artistic Director: Frank Chaves
at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph (map)
thru Nov 17  |  tickets: $30-$75   |  more info
       
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November 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: 50th Anniversary Season Fall Program (Giordano Dance Chicago)

Maeghan McHale and Martin Ortiz Tapia in Giordano Dance Chicago's "Sabroso", choreographed by Del Dominguez and Laura Flores. (photo credit: Kat Fitzgerald)        
       
Giordano Fall Program 

Artistic Director: Nan Giordano
at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph (map)
thru Oct 27  |  tickets: $15-$60   |  more info
       
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November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: One Thousand Pieces (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's "One Thousand Pieces", choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo to the music of Philip Glass. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
      
One Thousand Pieces 

Choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo
Music by Philip Glass  
at Harris Theater, Millennium Park (map)
thru Oct 21  |  tickets: $25-$99   |  more info 
 
     
         
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October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Summer Series (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

  
  

Spiraling into Summer

  
  

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Tech Run of Jiri kylian's 27'52" at Governors State University in University Park, IL. (photo: Rosenberg Photography)

   
Hubbard Street Dance presents
    
   
Summer Series
   
at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, Millennium Park (map)
through May 22  |  tickets: $25-$94  |  more info

Reviewed by Lawrence Bommer

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has returned to Randolph Street to showcase its Summer Series, a three-piece program that – if not as warm as the season it ushers in – generously records the latest passions in the world of dance as accurately as a seismograph.

The start of a bold, new collaboration, the most significant event was the company premiere of the evening’s second offering–the hauntingly named Following the Subtle Current Upstream. The 2000 creation of Alonzo King (originally commissioned by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater), artistic director of the ground-breaking, San Francisco-based LINES Ballet, this free-wheeling experiment in motion has the ensemble, clad in monochromatic leotards, languorously or frenetically erupting to a score by Indian tabla composer Zakir Hussbain, South African balladeer Miriam Makeba and composer Miguel Frasconi.

Presumably depicting “the subtle currents that exist in the body as the path of liberation,” this fluid, sometimes seemingly improvised, choreography reflects King’s interest in grounding movement in the moment, with shifting combinations of dancers flowing in and ebbing out of formation, much like the thunder that interrupts the shape shifting. The Hubbard Dancers seem entirely at home in this inventive and self-fulfilling enterprise.

     
5/18/11 4:31:59 PM -- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Jesse Bechard and Kellie Epperheimer perform Alonzo King's "Following the Subtle Current Upstream."  (Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography) 5/18/11 4:24:18 PM -- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Jonathan Fredrickson with Kevin Shannon and Christian Broomhall perform Alonzo King's "Following the Subtle Current Upstream."  © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2011

The remaining works are back by popular demand, opening with Aszure Barton’s Untouched, a maroon-hued creation performed against an elegant, half-opened curtain. Sensuous with sudden, gyrating hip swings and outstretched hands and performed to music by Njo Kong Kie, Curtis Macdonald and Ljova, Untouched was set in motion before the music was selected–so, unusual for dance, the latter is servant to the former. The result is a series of mysterious processions, comings and goings, separated by curious offstage wolf whistles, that managed to be sensuous and haunting. Hypnotic stuff, Untouched hardly describes its effect on the audience.

     
5/20/10 2:03:04 PM -- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Tech Rehearsal for new work by Azsure Barton. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography) 5/20/10 3:17:07 PM -- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Tech Rehearsal for new work by Azsure Barton. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010

Finally, Jiri Kylian’s 27’52”, named for its near half-hour length, opens as a company warm-up, with a huge bank of lights dangling over the dancers. The dancers are then seen to perform on a tear-away white floor that will later give way to a tear-away black one. Like scenes from a David Lynch film, the diverse action unspools with a spoken text in English, German and French extolling the artist’s vocation. The score by Dirk Haubrich was backdrop to quirky movements, descending and ascending curtains, and jerky aerobic exercises that seemed to create a waking dream. Perhaps a bit too abstract to engage us beyond its eclectic activities, nonetheless this dance game of alternating intimate encounters followed by solo exits seems as much a metaphor for life itself as dance deserves.

  
  
Rating: ★★★
  
  
1/20/10 4:59:52 PM -- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Tech Run of Jiri kylian 27'52" at Governors State University in University Park, IL. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010 1/20/10 4:41:29 PM -- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Tech Run of Jiri kylian 27'52" at Governors State University in University Park, IL. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010
1/20/10 3:48:53 PM -- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Tech Run of Jiri kylian 27'52" at Governors State University in University Park, IL. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography) Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Tech Run of Jiri kylian' 27'52" at Governors State University in University Park, IL. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography)
     

All photos by Todd Rosenberg Photography ©2010

     
     
May 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More