There’s a new high-profile contemporary dance company in town. Nick Pupillo’s Visceral Dance Chicago, born of and named after the studio he opened on the Northwest Side, made its debut last fall at the Harris Theater—an ambitious start for an ambitious artistic director. Over the winter the company acquired some strong repertory and their first spring program features works by familiar names. Rising star choreographer Monica Cervantes, the tiny powerhouse who formerly danced with Luna Negra Dance Theater, brings “Changes,” an abstract piece woven through with images of everyday life. The sleek, ultracool aesthetic of hometown girl Robyn Mineko Williams and “Glint” should complement nicely the reprise of Pupillo’s ensemble piece “Impetere.” Pupillo also brings back a romantic duet, “Senza di te.” Also on the bill: the visually sparse “landings, chasms” by acclaimed New York choreographer Sidra Bell. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 13 at 3pm. $25-$75.