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Hubbard Street dancers headed to Art Institute

There is no rest for the members of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

The company is heading to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday to celebrate the museum’s new Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine Art. Company dancers, under the direction of Terence Marling, will perform short improvisations inspired by readings from the work of such ancient writers as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Lucretius, Theognis, Homer, Hesiod, Sophocles, Virgil and Plotinus, to be performed by Chicago actors Brad Armacost (soon to star in “The Faith Healer” at The Den Theatre) and Cynthia Judge. Recorded music by Philip Glass will serve as accompaniment.

This comes on the heels of their breathtaking winter program at the Harris Theatre this past weekend — featuring a ravishing performance of Aszure Barton’s “Untouched,” a pair of deftly contrasting pieces by Alejandro Cerrudo for women (the decidedly dark “Blanco”) and men (the playfully love-crazed “Pacopepepluto”), and the company premiere of Swedish master Mats Ek’s “Casi-Casa” (a fiendishly funny look at domestic matters in the spirit of filmmaker Pedro Almadovar).

The program, presented in collaboration with The Poetry Foundation, is free with museum admission. For more information visit

NOTE: Hubbard Street dancers will return to the Art Institute Jan. 24 to riff on work from Picasso’s Blue Period.

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