The ambitious Hubbard Street season—featuring a first-ever year-round schedule in Chicago—gets going this week with two strong pieces from the company’s existing repertory and one premiere work. Hubbard Street member Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Extremely Close” is a tender, understated piece for eight dancers, set to the music of Philip Glass and performed amidst a layer of white fluff scattered across the stage—as though the affectionate duets are danced above the clouds. In contrast is the ever-popular “Minus 16” by Ohad Naharin, a thrilling, humorous, fourth-wall-shattering piece scored with cha-cha, mambo, techno and traditional Israeli music. Naharin’s narrative, exceedingly witty choreography makes “Minus 16” one of the most entertaining and accessible modern dance numbers out there. Also on the program is a premiere of new work by Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki, who has choreographed for the company in the past. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, (312)850-9744. October 9-12.