What a concept: men dancing. Or, more accurately, men thinking about dancing. Chunky Move, a Melbourne-based group that won a Bessie in 2005, tackles it in I Want to Dance Better at Parties, choreographed by artistic director Gideon Obarzanek. He projects video interviews he did with five ordinary men who talk about whether they dance and why, then adds onstage performances by five dancers (including two women) who flesh out the anecdotes and, presumably, the men’s feelings. Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice calls the piece “astute, funny, and touching”–one man doesn’t dance at all. The rest have done it since they were children or took it up later, often to combat isolation: clogging, club dancing, Greek and Israeli folk. Obarzanek alludes to these forms, but the work ends grandly with his trademark hyperkineticism, the dancers throwing themselves onto a tiny crash pad. a Opens Thu 3/1, 7:30 PM. Through 3/3: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, theater, 220 E. Chicago, 312-397-4010, $16-$24, $10 students. Wed 2/28, 6 PM, Chunky Move members offer a class for “dancers and late bloomers of all ages and levels,” $15, $10 with performance ticket. Postshow talk Thu 3/1; free roundtable Sat 3/3, 2 PM.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Igor Sapina.