Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's "dancers of spectacular versatility" (Los Angeles Times
) present four different visions of contemporary dance. Each speaks eloquently about the human condition -- without one word ever being uttered. Robyn Mineko Williams, 2012 winner of the Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, premieres a dramatic new work on the heels of her recent Recall
, which "used a body's store of moves -- a Michael Jackson thrust, a Flashdance swoon -- to inject the present with the texture of memory," as described by Financial Times
. Her new work is both firmly rooted in the moment and resonant with cultural echoes from the past. Passomezzo
, an athletic, romantically tough duet by Israeli dance artist Ohad Naharin, is set to familiar folk songs plus selections from The Beggar's Opera
(1728). The piece showcases Naharin's influence in dance's frank body language, sublime musicality, bold showmanship and aching humanity. Swedish master choreographer Mats Ek presents Casi-Casa
, a 40-minute composite of two of his earlier works plus original choreography. And rounding out the diverse program is a world premiere chamber-sized work by resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.
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