Review of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Season 39 Spring Series: Rhythmic & Enchanting

Sunday, March 19, 2017 Permalink

Reviewed by Abby Simon

As a former dancer, seeing a well-executed dance can lift the spirits and leave you thinking about what you’ve seen over and over again. This spring series was no exception. This show opens with a slightly jarring, uneasy movement with dancers briskly walking across the stage with turtle necks pulled completely over their faces. Imprint, really did leave an imprint on myself. Of the four pieces, this opening spoke the most to me. It was a very powerful interpretation – in my mind – of the power of group think and the power of suggestion. As one who strays from many aspects of social media, this spoke to the anonymity of and facelessness of expressing opinions through different means. In a world where an opinion is becoming a danger in ways, this work of art left me astounded and still wondering.

My second favorite piece, Violoncello, was a beautiful piece where an astonishing dancer, Ana Lopez, played the part of the violin while her partner, Florian Lochner, gracefully played her. She spun and showed the true graceful athleticism of a dancer. It was so rhythmic and enchanting.

The next two pieces Jardi Tancat and Solo Echo, were equally as beautiful. Watching these performers take the stage and showcased such amazing talent. I left each of these performances feeling empowered and wishing that I had not left dance after 15 years. These pieces were both strongly feminine and powerful. These dancers really know what they’re doing.

If the opportunity arises, I highly recommend seeing this show.

Running time: 70 minutes with 2 intermissions

At Harris Theatre

Runs until: March 19

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

• Thursday 7:30 pm

• Friday at 8pm

• Saturday 8pm

• Sunday 3 pm

Photos by Todd Rosenberg

Tickets can be ordered at hubbardstreetdance.com/spring

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