Nana Shineflug, artistic director of the Chicago Moving Company, is no shrinking violet–you can’t be a wuss and make dances for more than 20 years, not in this town anyway. Her dances tend to be emphatic, too. Intersections, one of two premieres CMC is offering this weekend, employs 27 performers from outside the company as well as several company members; all have collaborated with Shineflug not only on the movement but also on some of the text that accompanies it. It’s a big piece that rollicks to the rhythms of words, nonwords, sports, kids’ games, and the ideas of the Fluxists (Yoko Ono was one in the 60s). There are dancers bearing gifts, dancers banging pots, dancers humming Strauss waltzes and the theme song of The Andy Griffith Show, and dancers stamping and shouting, sometimes screaming at each other over the lines of ropes drawn taut. Perhaps the strangest thing about Shineflug’s work is its Eastern sense of paradox: it approaches the spiritual through the physical, the eternal through the quotidian. The other premiere is Rappa Nui, a totemic dance whose title is the ancient name for Easter Island. Shineflug will also perform the comic solo Ode to a Lost Rose, with text by Jeff Abell, and the company will dance Shineflug’s quintet Bewegung and Dan Wagoner’s When Anything Seems Possible, Very Little Will Do Nicely, commissioned for CMC’s 20th birthday. Friday and Saturday at 8 at the Dance Center of Columbia College, 4730 N. Sheridan, $8-$12; call 271-7928. A special performance for children, the disabled, and seniors is scheduled for Friday at 12:45: $3, call 880-5402 for information.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Joshua Dreyfus.