“N.N.N.N.,” “Second to Last (excerpt),” “A Picture of You Falling,” “Waxing Moon,” “Solo Echo”
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Jacob’s Pillow: Ted Shawn Theatre
July 14, 20016
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman
The dancers of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago are powerful movers who can master any combination. In a five-part program at Jacob’s Pillow, the company danced work by four distinctive choreographers, but, oddly, managed to choose work that called on many of the same movement skills. In each piece, whether witty or heartbroken, the choreography required crisply differentiated movement fragments, almost disembodied limbs and muscle groups working in opposite directions or layering to create visually arresting combinations. The emotional territory spanned by the works was a roller coaster; the movement – all beautifully danced – eventually seemed repetitive, surprising for a troupe known for its adventurousness and wide breadth of repertoire.
Photo: clockwise from far left: Emilie Leriche, Michael Gross, Florian Lochner, Andrew Murdock, Jacqueline Burnett, Kellie Epperheimer, foreground, and Jesse Bechard. Photo by Todd Rosenberg