Sometimes self-imposed limits actually enhance creativity, as when a poet restricts herself to a certain rhyme scheme and meter. Margi Cole, artistic director of the Dance COLEctive, set herself a spatial goal in her new duet, Between Red Velvet Ropes: originally she hoped to present it in a hallway of the historic Glessner House, and when she found she couldn’t, she created a dance within the imagined boundaries of a long, narrow hall. Two women approach each other diffidently but interact intensely in a piece Cole says reflects the “luxurious confinement” imposed on women; in its most haunting gesture, the women place their hands softly behind their backs at the waist and turn and look behind themselves–at what we don’t know, though it’s not at us. Also on this brief program (50 minutes) is creative associate Laurel Moore’s new Sole Exposure, a trio that evolved from an image of a bride being carried over the threshold into a meditation on stillness within movement; it’s set to three pieces from Gavin Bryars’s Sinking of the Titanic. Rounding out the program is a solo Colleen Halloran choreographed for Cole, Still With Me (which Cole also danced last weekend at the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives’ “Per4mance>fest<98”); company member Ebony Lashay Smith’s solo Yielding; and a duet created for Cole and Douglas E. Woods by Renee Wadleigh, Tie-Signs. Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9 at Link’s Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $10. Call 312-482-8899 for tickets and information. –Laura Molzahn
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by William Frederking.