Dance Is About to Get Funnier

We, like most dance people, love drama. We’re all about dying swans and moody contemporary duets.

Let’s face it, though: Sometimes dance is even better when it’s funny. Any kind of funniness is awesome, but bodies being funny is one of the best kinds of funny there is.

So we were excited to hear that the fabulous Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is pairing up with The Second City (aka the improv group that’s basically a feeder for “Saturday Night Live”). Together, they’ll create—well, we don’t know what, exactly. What we do know is that it’ll be witty, smart, and probably very funny.

And they're already in the studio together—this is a Hubbard Street movement workshop at The Second City. (Todd Rosenberg/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

And they’re already in the studio together! This is a Hubbard Street movement workshop at The Second City. (Todd Rosenberg/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

While this may sound like a bizarre collaboration, in a way it makes total sense. Hubbard Street works with many choreographers whose pieces are rooted in improvisation. Its dancers, in other words, are master improvisers—just like the members of Second City.

The project will involve performers from both groups, plus Hubbard Street 2 (wouldn’t want to leave them out of the fun), and it’ll premiere October 16 at Chicago’s Harris Theater. We’ll let you know more as we hear it!

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