The centerpiece of River North’s fall program is Daniel Ezralow’s taut, gritty, high-octane “SUPER STRAIGHT is coming down,” a fifteen-minute piece inspired by a series of terse photos by Robert Longo entitled “Men in Cities.” The social pressure cooker of urban existence is given shape by ramrod limbs, whirling partnering and an industrial score by Dutch composer Thom Willems.
Frank Chaves, River North’s Artistic Director, was in the original cast (the piece was first set on Hubbard Street in 1989) and with the help of Sandi Cooksey, another original cast member, set it on his company. Also on the program is Charles Moulton’s “Nine Person Precision Ball Passing,” a mind-bending, life-sized puzzle that River North totally nailed in the Chicago Dancing Fest. Five new dancers join the company this year, promising fresh new energy to a group already known for delivering vigorous shows of double-barreled intensity. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. November 4 and November 5 at 8pm. $30-$75.