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Hubbard Street Dance season draws from outside talent and insiders

 'Fluence' |  Phoby Quinn B Wharton

"Fluence" | Photo by Quinn B Wharton

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:49PM

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago takes a two-pronged attack in its search for repertoire. It draws on the talent of such internationally renowned choreographers as Sweden’s Mats Ek and Israel’s Ohad Naharin. It also fosters the dance-making talents of its own, including Alejandro Cerrudo (since 2009, the company’s prolific resident choreographer) and Robyn Mineko Williams (who spent 10 years performing with Hubbard Street and then, in 2012, set off to forge a choreographic career).

Hubbard Street’s fall engagement (Oct. 10-13) at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance will showcase work by all four of these artists.

Williams’ “Fluence” reveals the dancers as profoundly human and vulnerable one moment, and like neutral, remotely controlled avatars the next. Set to a score by composer/musician Robert F. Haynes, it features costumes by fashion designer Hogan McLaughlin (of Lady Gaga fame).

Cerrudo’s “Cloudless,”set to music by Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm, features a pair of women who echo, reflect and shadow each other. “Casi-Casa,” Ek’s wild, madly comic look at domestic life (vacuum included), is a zany powerhouse set to music by the Swedish band Fleshquartet, and includes everything from frenzied, quasi-Irish stepdancing to mad chatter. And “Passomezzo,” Naharin’s beguiling, toughly romantic duet, is set to familiar folk songs.

For tickets ($25–$99), visit —Hedy Weiss

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