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Hubbard Street Preps Forsythe’s ‘Quintett’ for American Premiere

The line goes something like: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Well, William Forsythe must have heard that and said to himself, “So close, man,” and then retreated to his cave of creation with the hint of an idea, because his 1993 piece Quintett is pretty much dancing as architecture. The contortions and shifts necessary to bring the piece to fruition have likely had something to do with the fact that this upcoming series of performances by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago represent the American premiere of the piece, which – you know, 1993 was a fair while back at this point. Hubbard Street seems to have it, though, or at least they’re going to give it a shot beginning on the 31st at the Harris Theater on Randolph. Tix start at $25, and, incidentally, it’s probably worth checking out even if you aren’t much into dance, because not only does it sound like a Herculean undertaking that deserves notice and admiration, but it’s set to Gavin Bryars’ wholly underappreciated minimalist piece “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet,” which if you haven’t heard it, you should. (FULL ARTICLE: Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader)