Improvisational dance is as much a philosophy as an art form. To do it well, a dancer must have a heightened awareness of the environment, opening up all the senses, and allow the normal babble in the brain to fall quiet. Once this Zen-like state has been achieved, movement becomes energized–becomes a pure response to other dancers, to the surrounding space, to the music, and to one’s own feelings. Watching it requires a similar level of awareness: becoming open to the impulses that propel the dancers to move spontaneously and freely. Daniel Lepkoff, now in residency at Link’s Hall, was one of the earliest practitioners of contact improvisation, back in the early 70s, and his improvised solos have a sweet, sensitive air. A week of intensive movement workshops will be capped by performances of two Lepkoff solos and a group improv by dancers participating in the workshop. And if the moment is right, such instant dances have the ability to simultaneously lift and soothe the spirit. Friday and Saturday at 8 (reception following the Saturday show) and Sunday at 7 at Link’s Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $7. Call 281-0824 for tickets and information.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Bob Raymond.