With a world premiere by Twyla Tharp and the cover of the current issue of Dance Magazine, all eyes are on Hubbard Street. And well they should be. The company and its leadership have, season after season, demonstrated an unparalleled balance of versatility, virtuosity and imagination, all presented in an appealing package of audience-friendliness.
This imaginative thinking was at play when artistic director Glenn Edgerton invited Tharp to step away from musical theater and revisit her roots in contemporary choreography—a harkening back to the nineties when some of her most inventive work was first placed on Hubbard Street dancers. The resultant piece, set to keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, will have the attendant flash of not only the Tharp name, but of brightly patterned costumes from designer Norma Kamali’s fall 2011 collection as well. The program is also graced by the return of Nacho Duato’s sumptuous “Arcangelo” (which culminates, coincidentally, with an aria by Domenico’s father, Alessandro Scarlatti). Duato’s marvelous, weightless, Baroque vision is another luminous feather in the Hubbard Street cap, as they are the only American company with rights to the piece. (Sharon Hoyer)
October 13-October 16 at Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)850-9744. Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. $25 and up.