The name Gustavo Ramirez Sansano can bring pangs to those who were busy developing an addiction to his work at the helm of Luna Negra Dance Theater, both as artistic director—introducing us to brilliant young voices from Europe—and as choreographer (notably his epic and dreamlike dance interpretation of Bizet’s “Carmen”) when the company regrettably folded in 2013. Happily, Ramirez Sansano has been invited to create a new piece for Hubbard Street’s spring program, a tribute to George Balanchine set to the same Tchaikovsky suite as Balanchine’s famous “Theme and Variations.” Another premiere on the program comes from Crystal Pite, founder and director of Vancouver-based Kidd Pivot. “A Picture of You Falling” is from Pite’s evening-length “The You Show,” a sleek, witty, virtuosic and emotionally driven piece of dance theater that is a natural fit for Hubbard Street. The company continues their focus on Jiri Kylian this spring, staging again Kylian’s sister (or should I say sibling) pieces, the all-male “Sarabande” and all-female “Falling Angels.” The program rounds out with resident choregrapher Alejandro Cerrudo’s 2013 duet “Cloudless.” (Sharon Hoyer)
Hubbard Street Dance at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. March 12-15, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm.