Tonight my friend Rich and I attended our zillionth performance by one of Chicago's treasures, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. OK, fine, not zillionth, but we have been going to see them together since the early 90s when we both moved to Chicago after college.
As always there was a lot to love. The photo above is from a new piece by the extremely sexy, I mean talented HSDC Company member Alejandro Cerrudo, "Off Screen" - a series of vignettes set to movie scores. Cerrudo also created "Lickety Split", which depicts "three couples enveloped in the unpredictable layers of love". This piece introduced me to the music of Devendra Banhart - it concludes with the breathtakingly gorgeous "Korean Dogwood", surely one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
Other favorites through the years include Ohad Naharin's "Minus 16" (my April 2002 appearance in the audience participation segment - I was personally selected by the fabulous Cheryl Mann - is the stuff of legend), Margo Sappington's "Mirage" (which introduced me to "Serenade to Music" by Vaughn-Williams - another of the most beautiful things I've ever heard) Daniel Ezralow's "SUPER STRAIGHT is Coming Down", and Nacho Duato's "Na Floresta".
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. If they are ever near you - go see them. You will not be disappointed.