Never one to stand still, choreographer Ginger Farley has moved from the sophisticated nightclub setting of her HotHouse performances last May to the drafty, barnlike Chopin Theatre. In keeping with the new setting, she’s devised an hour-long show of 17 short sections–she calls them poems or sketches–inspired by the act of drawing (musical director Cameron Pfiffner is also a visual artist). But this show is less about the product than the process: the fear, humor, and melancholy that drive us to make our mark on the world. As usual, the 58 Group perform to live renditions of Pfiffner’s original music by musicians who traverse the stage and interact with the dancers; this piece exploits the subtle interplay of flute, guitar, and a figure on the floor who could be sleeping or perhaps meditating. Often eerie, with a haunted, almost Victorian look, the sections are connected “abstractly,” according to Farley, featuring watchers who whisper incomprehensibly as they step from side to side, supine figures under gauzy sheets whose hands crawl crablike up their bodies, or all eight performers lying on their backs in a circle while playing what sounds like Renaissance court music. Then there’s the occasional humorous section, including one in which mosquitoes figure prominently. Mysterious and evocative, this teasing piece provokes both puzzlement and a sense of wonder. Thursday, October 26, at 8; Friday at 7; Saturday at 8; and Sunday at 2 and 7 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; $5-$15 (gala tickets Friday are $75 and include a postperformance party). Call 773-388-0558 for tickets and information.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Brian Hill.