Last week Hubbard Street Dance Chicago launched their four-part series at the Harris Theater. This internationally recognized company infuses its performances with several elements of both contemporary and classical dance. Unlike many similar companies, they also use multiple choreographers from all over the world. The first part of their series featured the works of Spanish and Mexican choreographers, including the world premiere of PHYSIKAL LINGUISTIKS by 2010 Princess Grace Award Winner Victor Quijada and two new pieces by Hubbard’s own Alejandro Cerrudo. The evening finished with the company premiere of Arcangelo, by Nacho Duato.
The works themselves were powerful and the sheer skill and grace of the dancers brought them to life. While I missed the short piece Blanco, I was entertained by the fun Deep Down Dos. PHYSIKAL LINGUISTIKS was inventive and energetic, and Arcangelo was absolutely beautiful in its illustration of what the human body can do. My only disappointment with the evening was that Arcangelo concluded the program instead of the originally planned PHYSIKAL. While beautiful, Duato’s work was very even, with no highs or lows, and after two hours in the theater the 40 minute piece seemed much longer, whereas the also 40 minute PHYSIKAL seemed to fly by in no time at all.
Hubbard Street’s winter series will be December 2 – 5 and this one will feature another world premiere. In the meantime, learn more about the company with their promotional video: