Wednesday February 20 12:08 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series, “Decadance/Chicago”


Performing in the Spring Series: Craig D. Black Jr., Jacqueline Burnett, Rena Butler, Alicia Delgadillo, Kellie Epperheimer, Michael Gross, Elliot Hammans, Alice Klock, Myles Lavallee, Adrienne Lipson, Florian Lochner, Andrew Murdock, Minga Prather, David Schultz, Kevin J. Shannon and Connie Shiau.

Naharin’s choreography is noted for its synchronized staccato movements. Either the dancers seemed to have no joints at all, or they were all about the joints, as when an entire dance consisted of arms in constant motion, always at different angles.

In one of my favorite pieces, one dancer, wearing a black suit and fedora, had a microphone. After asking the entire audience to stand, he asked a series of questions, like:

• if you have great-grandchildren, you may sit down;
• if you earn more than $250,00, you may sit down
• if you’ve written a book, you may sit down
• if you ever did a bunjee jump, you may sit down
• if you know where north is, point, otherwise you may sit down
• if you have seen this show before, you may sit down
• if you are celebrating your birthday today, remain standing

The one lady who was still standing was invited to come onstage, whereupon the entire audience sang Happy Birthday to her. The dancers also gave her a balloon salute.

In another favorite, all the dancers, wearing suits and fedoras, came into the audience and selected partners who were escorted onstage for a dance number.

Next up for Hubbard Street Dance: their Fall Series, which brings together Grammy award-winning Third Coast Percussion with three cutting-edge choreographers: Emma Portner, who makes imaginative viral dance videos; and the founders of Movement Art Is, Jon Boogz and Lil Buck. The Fall Series will be September 27th, 29th and 30th at the Harris Theatre, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago. FYI