The show opener of Hubbard Street’s impressive Winter program is “Solo Echo,” a crossover concept from Crystal Pite, who has metabolized a meditation on the evocative, essential reading poetry of Mark Strand. Strand, who died last year, was among the foremost innovators of the “concrete” in contemporary poetry, borrowing in his own crossover practices from painters such as Magritte and others, to whom he attributed the surrealism in his work. Atmospheric, mysterious and playfully entertaining, Strand pairs well with Pite’s own evocative stage-setting choreographies, composing scenes against backgrounds in nature, such as in a coming snowstorm. Following on the recent rage surrounding William Forsythe in Chicago, of whom Pite is an acolyte, and pairing orchestrations of local site-specific energies against this city’s usual background, this performance should prove compelling. Also on the program is “A Glimpse Inside a Shared Story” by Yin Yue, “Waxing Moon” by Robyn Mineko Williams, and a new work by company member Penny Saunders. (Michael Workman)
Hubbard Street Dance at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)850-9744. Thursday-Sunday, December 10-13.