10 best bets for Chicago dance

September 12, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Sid Smith

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There are no blockbuster visitors this fall, such as a major international ballet company. But the season promises some new faces, innovative bits of programming here and there, and a likelihood that the increasingly bright talents of recent times will continue the city's string of vibrant dance.

Here's a list (by no means complete) of 10 worthy ventures:

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company: The troupe brings back "Coltrane's Favorite Things," Lubovitch's jazz sensation seen at the summer's free dance festival, and revivals of signature pieces dating from the 1970s, set to music by minimalist innovators Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Sept. 22-23 at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive; 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

"1306 — Ten Years Later." The Dance Center of Columbia College, critical showcase of important work, offers a highly unusual, 13-hour event, starting at 10 a.m. and featuring multiple dancers and troupes, to celebrate its decade-long residence in the South Loop. Sept. 25 at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.; free, colum.edu/dance_center


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: The fall engagement offers new works from Alejandro Cerrudo and Victor Quijada and the troupe premiere of Nacho Duato's "Arcangelo," any one of them a cause for excitement. Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive; 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

The Joffrey Ballet: The troupe's fall outing boasts three classics with an unmistakable New York City Ballet accent: George Balanchine's "Stravinsky Violin Concerto," Jerome Robbins' "The Concert (or, the Perils of Everybody)" and Christopher Wheeldon's "After the Rain." Oct. 13-24 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress St.; 800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com

Luna Negra Dance Theater: The first performance of the company under the leadership of new artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, who unveils "Toda una Vida," or "All My Life," in a program with Brazil's Fernando Melo's "Bate" and founder Eduardo Vilaro's "Deshar Alhat." Oct. 16 at the Harris Theater; 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

Sankai Juku: Three organizations — the Harris, the Dance Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art — team up to bring this challenging Japanese troupe and its haunting, hypnotic style. Oct. 20 at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive; 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

Dance Chicago: The enduring fest returns for its 16th year, with a host of programs involving 250 companies and choreographers. Oct. 22-Nov. 21 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., and various locations, 773-327-5252 or dancechicago.com

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago: New works from Missouri Contemporary Ballet's Karen Mareck Grundy and Autumn Eckman, including one with the main troupe and Giordano II onstage together for the first time. Oct. 22-23 at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive; 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba: The Chicago debut of this acclaimed Havana troupe said to ingeniously blend flamenco, ballet and modern dance with Spanish and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Oct. 28-29 at the Auditorium Theatre, 800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com

River North Chicago Dance Company: The ever-popular ensemble premieres a work by Sidra Bell, with an original score by her celebrated jazzman father, Dennis, while revivals include Robert Battle's novel and inventive "Three." Nov. 13 at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive; 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

Later in the season

Down the pike, as chill winds inevitably bite, we can look forward to the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's "Global Rhythms" Nov. 26-28 at the Harris; Hubbard's winter series, to include the Hubbard 2 premiere of "Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure," Dec. 2-5 at the Harris; and Joffrey's "The Nutcracker" Dec. 10-26 at the Auditorium.