Early on in the ingenious collaboration between Second City and Hubbard Street Dance, Procol Harum's counterculture hymn permeates Chicago's Harris Theater as actors and dancers assemble in rows of folding chairs facing the audience.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brought together three impeccably danced pieces at the Harris Theater Thursday night-one of which was resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo's world premiere, The Impossible.
Powerful and poignant -- two simple words that provide a quick snapshot of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Fall Series at the Harris Theater Thursday evening. Each of the four pieces displayed strong choreography and palpable emotion.
Chicago, which now has a string of artistic "firsts" under its belt, is also becoming a major player on the world stage of dance. And it isn't just that Chicago is bringing in international heavy hitters to perform. It also touts many important dance companies of its own.
Were it not for Fran Lebowitz, celebrated author, humorist and social commentator, the art of pontification might be lost. Lebowitz hails from the by-gone era when people sat around in cafes all day, observing life around them and going on about it.
It seems that Chicago's reputation as being the second city may be on its way out. After a 15 year absence from the U.S, the Paris Opera Ballet, the oldest ballet company in existence, opened its American tour at Chicago's Harris Theate.