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Special to the Daily Hubbard Street Dance Chicago leaps onto the Vilar Center stage with contemporary choreography at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
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BEAVER CREEK – Hubbard Street Dance Chicago aims to be America’s leading contemporary dance company. And by the looks of it, the dancers are reaching the bar.Hubbard Street Dance Chicago leaps onto the Vilar Center stage with contemporary choreography at 7:30 p.m. today.The company first made a splash in Vail about two years ago when it filled in for a Cuban dance troupe, which was scheduled to perform at the Vail International Dance Festival but couldn’t because of visa problems.

“They just blew everyone away,” said Shelley Woodworth, Vilar spokesperson. “Their choreography is always changing. They always have the best dancers, and they continue to challenge themselves and perform at the highest level.” After 26 years of making leaps and bounds, the company has become one of the most successful dance organizations in history.The company performs for worldwide audiences totaling 100,000 people annually and has shown nearly 80 different works throughout 44 states.Thursday’s eclectic, razor-sharp repertoire includes such pieces as “Diphthong,” “Gimme,” “Love Stories” and “Rooster.”

In “Diphthong,” six dancers evoke power and mystery with a syncopated rhythm influenced by the music of the Belgium-based band Zap Mama.”(It) is a visual representation of the music. It’s about the dancers getting swept away and moving through the space,” said choreographer Brian Enos on the company’s website.”Gimme,” a witty and playful duet, is set to the rustic score of the Norwegian group Blå Bergens Borduner. Variations of tempo and rhythm emphasize the changing emotional dynamic between the two dancers. With passion and irony, the piece saturates the senses with color and delight.Five classic love songs make up the piece “Love Stories.” Chicago native Kurt Elling performs the songs, including “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Nature Boy” and “Prelude to a Kiss.” The architecture of Chicago influenced the choreography in this piece.



The show ends with a reminder of the turbulent hippie days gone by. “Rooster” portrays a sharp, sexy celebration of the 1960s – and what better way to set the mood for this tongue-in-cheek work than to use eight Rolling Stones songs?Critics have praised the dance company for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire. The 21 dancers have a reputation for inspiring as well as challenging audiences with their versatility, virtuosity and original work. A pre-performance discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the May Gallery. Call (970) 845-8497 for tickets which range from $60-70.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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