Two extraordinary companies—San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet (ethereal, neoclassical) and Chicago’s own Hubbard Street (grounded, contemporary)—merge into a supergroup of virtuosic dancers for a new piece choreographed by King. Glenn Edgerton, artistic director of Hubbard Street, proposed the collaboration—unorthodox for companies of this size and profile—and King agreed, creating a nine-part work for a combined group of twenty-eight dancers entitled “AZIMUTH.” The piece premiered last week on the West Coast to warm reviews and this week the companies come to colder climes for a run at the Harris. The program includes separate pieces by each company as well: Alejandro Cerrudo’s delightful, witty, cinematic “Little mortal jump” premiered by Hubbard Street last year and King’s “Rasa,” performing in Chicago for the first time. Two world-class companies for one admission price makes this show the hot ticket for March. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777, Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17. $25-$99.