Back when he went to Senn High School, Lar Lubovitch was plain old Larry. Now not only is he artistic director of a New York-based troupe celebrating its 25th anniversary, but he has choreographed for the likes of New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the White Oak Dance Project, and ice dancers–the last curiously suited to his creamy, dreamy musicality. But that musicality can take spicier forms too. In Waiting for the Sunrise, Lubovitch uses scratchy old country-and-western recordings to explore romantic longing, and for every chasse that repeats the loping line of the music there’s a quirkier bit; in one song a man’s armless dives into the floor make him look like an inchworm. Concerto Six Twenty-Two, set to Mozart, has as its centerpiece an adagio for two men whose slowly, gracefully twining arms make them look like a two-headed monster. These two works will be performed on the company’s Spring Festival of Dance program along with Four Ragtime Dances, set to music by Charles Ives, and So in Love, set to renderings of Cole Porter tunes by contemporary singers including Annie Lennox and K.D. Lang–I can’t wait to see what Lubovitch does with this music. Sneak preview Tuesday at 12:15 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State; free. Call 747-4800. Regular performances next Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, at 8 and next Saturday, April 30, at 3 and 8 at the Shubert Theatre, 22 W. Monroe; $25-$30. Call 902-1500 for tickets and 271-7928 for information.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Martha Swope.