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April 18, 1988 | CATHY CURTIS
An athletic group with a musical theater-based style, Hubbard Street Dance Company turned in an energetic performance Friday in El Camino College's Marsee Auditorium. But the dancers tended to give brisk, impersonal attention to movement rather than explore its shape and dynamics--a strategy that may be a lifesaver in a chorus line but looks hollow in a concert, particularly in adagio work. Part of the problem may have been the program, half of which was created by super-slick Margo Sappington.
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March 19, 1999 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Modern choreographer Jiri Kylian's work is usually danced by the world's finest ballet companies. American Ballet Theater, the National Ballet of Canada, Joffrey Ballet Chicago and other top troupes have danced Kylian's trenchant innovations in this country even more than his own highly regarded Nederlands Dans Theater.
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April 11, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tharp Works Moving to Chicago: Hubbard Street Dance Company will announce "a major artistic collaboration" with choreographer Twyla Tharp at a press conference this morning at the company's headquarters in Chicago. Sources close to the company report that the announcement will involve Hubbard Street's acquisition of modern-dance works that Tharp created in the 1970s for her own company--a company she disbanded in 1988 to become artistic associate at American Ballet Theater.
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February 7, 1992 | FRANKIE WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Since 1979, Hubbard Street Dance Company has progressed from dancing in senior citizen cafeterias in Chicago to dancing the works of renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp on tour in Europe and the United States. The Chicago-based troupe performs theatrical jazz, modern dance and classical ballet, and calls itself a category-defying company, mixing muscular energy and wit. Its appearance in San Diego two years ago was a sellout.
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January 26, 1991 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Watching the crisp, generous, hard-driving movements of the Chicago-based Hubbard Street Dance Company, you see why Twyla Tharp chose them to keep her signature works alive and kicking. But her off-balance, seemingly casual style is a tricky one that takes some getting used to. At the Irvine Barclay Theatre Thursday night, "Sue's Leg" came off fairly creditably, but without the luxurious ease Tharp's own company used to give it.
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December 8, 1989 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Cute, zany, entertaining--and, with its typically "Pink Panther" choreography on tap, the Hubbard Street Dance Company came across exactly as intended Tuesday at the Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University: as marketers of slinky bravura with a consuming desire to please crowds.
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December 9, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett is best known for her pop dances in the film "Footloose" and her pop ballet suite "Great Galloping Gottschalk" for American Ballet Theatre. But she has also tackled serious subjects: love and death in her Ballet Theatre "Estuary," for instance. Now, with "Case Closed," she has attempted a feverish 40-minute dance-drama about the kidnaping of a baby girl and the subsequent degradation of everyone involved--especially the victims.
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February 4, 1991 | CATHY CURTIS
To do justice to Twyla Tharp's off-balance, seemingly casual moves, dancers need a unique combination of drop-dead technique, ensemble ease, wit and personality. The Chicago-based Hubbard Street Dance Company, seen Friday night at UCLA's Royce Hall, met the challenge more than halfway but lacked the consummate suavity of Tharp's own dancers. The two Tharp works on the program--along with Daniel Ezralow's nasty new "Read My Hips"--are part of a project designed to preserve her choreography.
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February 7, 1992 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
By its music alone--Fats Waller, big-band swing, Willie Nelson--the Hubbard Street Dance Company gives a strong hint. But exactly what it is--the merging of ballet technique with an American pop sensibility, all splashed with zestful good humor and sheer physical pizazz--must be seen to be appreciated. Such was the case Tuesday at Pepperdine's Malibu campus when the returning Chicagoans seemed to be on a roll.
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April 12, 1990 | MARK CARO
Choreographer Twyla Tharp and Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance Company announced Wednesday a collaboration in which the 16-member company will become the repository for three of Tharp's earlier pieces. "The Tharp Project" will mark the first time the choreographer has worked with a modern dance company since she dismantled her own company in 1988 and became an artistic associate with the American Ballet Theatre.
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February 7, 1992 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
By its music alone--Fats Waller, big-band swing, Willie Nelson--the Hubbard Street Dance Company gives a strong hint. But exactly what it is--the merging of ballet technique with an American pop sensibility, all splashed with zestful good humor and sheer physical pizazz--must be seen to be appreciated. Such was the case Tuesday at Pepperdine's Malibu campus when the returning Chicagoans seemed to be on a roll.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1991 | CATHY CURTIS
To do justice to Twyla Tharp's off-balance, seemingly casual moves, dancers need a unique combination of drop-dead technique, ensemble ease, wit and personality. The Chicago-based Hubbard Street Dance Company, seen Friday night at UCLA's Royce Hall, met the challenge more than halfway but lacked the consummate suavity of Tharp's own dancers. The two Tharp works on the program--along with Daniel Ezralow's nasty new "Read My Hips"--are part of a project designed to preserve her choreography.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1991 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Watching the crisp, generous, hard-driving movements of the Chicago-based Hubbard Street Dance Company, you see why Twyla Tharp chose them to keep her signature works alive and kicking. But her off-balance, seemingly casual style is a tricky one that takes some getting used to. At the Irvine Barclay Theatre Thursday night, "Sue's Leg" came off fairly creditably, but without the luxurious ease Tharp's own company used to give it.
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January 20, 1991 | MARK CARO, Mark Caro is a free-lance writer based in Chicago.
"One, two--wait!" Choreographer Twyla Tharp stopped the action almost immediately after it had begun. "I should feel the feet are reluctant to get off the floor," she told the dancers. "I should feel. . ."--she slid her hands against each other--". . . that ." Members of the Hubbard Street Dance Company returned to their initial positions, concentrating intently on clearing their minds. "Let's consider this concept that's called 'natural,' " Tharp said. "Let's see natural."
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April 12, 1990 | MARK CARO
Choreographer Twyla Tharp and Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance Company announced Wednesday a collaboration in which the 16-member company will become the repository for three of Tharp's earlier pieces. "The Tharp Project" will mark the first time the choreographer has worked with a modern dance company since she dismantled her own company in 1988 and became an artistic associate with the American Ballet Theatre.
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April 11, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tharp Works Moving to Chicago: Hubbard Street Dance Company will announce "a major artistic collaboration" with choreographer Twyla Tharp at a press conference this morning at the company's headquarters in Chicago. Sources close to the company report that the announcement will involve Hubbard Street's acquisition of modern-dance works that Tharp created in the 1970s for her own company--a company she disbanded in 1988 to become artistic associate at American Ballet Theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1992 | FRANKIE WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Since 1979, Hubbard Street Dance Company has progressed from dancing in senior citizen cafeterias in Chicago to dancing the works of renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp on tour in Europe and the United States. The Chicago-based troupe performs theatrical jazz, modern dance and classical ballet, and calls itself a category-defying company, mixing muscular energy and wit. Its appearance in San Diego two years ago was a sellout.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 1989 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Cute, zany, entertaining--and, with its typically "Pink Panther" choreography on tap, the Hubbard Street Dance Company came across exactly as intended Tuesday at the Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University: as marketers of slinky bravura with a consuming desire to please crowds.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1988 | CATHY CURTIS
An athletic group with a musical theater-based style, Hubbard Street Dance Company turned in an energetic performance Friday in El Camino College's Marsee Auditorium. But the dancers tended to give brisk, impersonal attention to movement rather than explore its shape and dynamics--a strategy that may be a lifesaver in a chorus line but looks hollow in a concert, particularly in adagio work. Part of the problem may have been the program, half of which was created by super-slick Margo Sappington.
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