The name Mats Ek might ring a bell with many dance aficionados in our fair city, but the likelihood they have seen his work is relatively slim; dances by the Swedish master are rarely performed in the U.S. Hubbard Street is rectifying the situation with their winter program, which centers around Ek’s “Casi-Casa” (“Almost Home”), a forty-minute piece comprised of two of the renowned choreographer’s shorter works plus additional choreography. Hubbard Street is the first American company to perform the piece. Ek’s muse Ana Laguna, along with Mariko Aoyama, former member of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, has been working with the dancers on precision and detail, not only of movement, but of the intent required to make Ek’s gestural, emotionally driven choreography resonate. Three more pieces round out the program: two by resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo (including “Blanco,” one of my personal favorites) and “Untouched” by Aszure Barton. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)850-9744. Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9. $25-$99.
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