Hubbard Street Dance Chicago | Harris Theater | Dance | Chicago Reader
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HSDC starts its season off big, with three local premieres on a program of four works. In Physikal Linguistiks, also a world premiere, guest choreographer Victor Quijada of Montreal's Rubberbandance Group pushes the dancers to work outside their comfort zones. Though he doesn't like to call his approach a blend of ballet and hip-hop, Quijada says that having been part of both worlds allows him to "spawn a new energy" and that this septet teaches the dancers "to stop--or create--inertia, get upside down, put weight on their shoulders, heads, hands." A rehearsal visit showed that balance and control can be tricky even when the dancer is right-side up, given the choreography's detailed footwork and extreme shifts of weight. Arcangelo--a company premiere by Nacho Duato, set to music by Arcangelo Corelli and Allesandro Scarlatti--is more securely classical in style, with extended limbs and held poses. HSDC resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo presents the Chicago premiere of Blanco along with its companion piece, Deep Down Dos, first performed here in April. --Laura Molzahn

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