Second City and Hubbard Street Dance’s
The Art of Falling

Dance and comedy don’t inherently go together; one is an art form all about precision and grace while the other finds laughs in bumbling. Yet Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Second City managed to find common ground for their visually stunning and effortlessly hilarious show The Art of Falling. Otherwise left-footed comedians held their own during group numbers with the contemporary dancers, who in turn expertly nailed comedic beats throughout. While the Second City has collaborated with other local institutions like Lyric Opera and the Goodman Theatre in the past, its pairing with Hubbard Street created the most dynamic hybrid yet. The only downside was the show’s short four-night run—I can only hope that the two companies will fall for each other again soon.