Hubbard Street Dance Chicago opens at Sadler's Wells on Wednesday - their first ever visit to this country - and also plays the Brighton Dome on May 14 and 15.
They're bringing a programme almost entirely new to us - the only familiar piece being David Parsons' The Envelope. We've also seen a piece by Trey McIntyre, Second before the Ground, done by Houston Ballet last year, and Daniel Ezralow's works are done by a number of companies.
At home their repertory also includes Duato, Naharin, Tharp, Kylian and other familiar names. Their style is said to be a mixture of modern and ballet technique fused with jazz, and when I asked for some first-hand opinions on balletalert, someone described the dancers as "quite beautiful and talented - high energy and exquisite quality". So it sounds as if it should be an entertaining evening. It will be interesting, too, to compare them with Rambert, who follow them into Sadler's Wells.
So let's hear from anyone who's going to see them!
Some relevant links:
HSDC home page: http://www.hubbardstreetdance.com/
and more details: http://www.shaganarts.com/html/hub-about.html
(This last one is an interesting site - if you're thinking of presenting the company it will tell you all the technical details of what they need!)
Jim Vincent: http://www.shaganarts.com/html/hub-artistic.html
David Parsons: http://www.parsonsdance.org/biography/david_parsons_bio.html
Trey McIntyre: http://www.houstonballet.org/gen/BIOTreyMcintyre.asp
Harrison McEldowney: http://www.winifredhaun.org/www/mceld.html
Daniel Ezralow: http://www.ppc.edu/college/playhouse/ezralow.html
Some reviews of the company
Sadler's Wells page including a video clip