Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is in town. Under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, the ever-resourceful Chicago-based company took over the Joyce Theater with rotating performances of two programs featuring revived works.
Performances come from resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, with the return of his female duet Cloudless, and his Second to Last etude, originally commissioned by Ballet Arizona, which explores choreographic possibilities within the duet form.
The male solo A Picture of You Falling, a spinoff from Crystal Pite’s female solo, danced by Jesse Bechard or Jason Hortin is a meditation on a failed love affair. With this piece, Pite pursues her interest in combining strongly theatrical effects and dance, taking her search for what lies beneath the surface of our lives as the starting point for a black comedy about life and love.
Also in the program is Robyn Mineko Williams’ Waxing Moon, which contemplates the process of becoming: its protagonist considers possibilities for his future through engagement with two forces we see as figures.
The bold Gustavo Ramirez Sansano takes inspiration from George Balanchine’s 1947 Theme and Variations. I AM Mr. B was created to Tchaikovsky’s third suite for orchestra as a “celebration of dance” in tribute to the prolific choreographer who transformed the American ballet.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago I The Joyce Theater.
Program A: May 12 at 7:30pm; May 16 at 2pm and 8pm; May 17 at 2pm; May 20 at 7:30pm; May 21 & 22 at 8pm Second to Last (Alejandro Cerrudo); A Picture of You Falling (Crystal Pite);Cloudless (Alejandro Cerrudo); Waxing Moon (Robyn Mineko Williams); I Am Mister B (Gustavo Ramirez Sansano)
Program B: May 23 at 2pm & 8pm; May 24 at 2pm Gnawa (Nacho Duato); The Impossible (Alejandro Cerrudo); PACOPEPEPLUTO(Alejandro Cerrudo); Falling Angels (Jiří Kylián)