This company has found its niche. The expansive, uberexpressive choreography created by artistic director Kevin Iega Jeff and associate artistic director Gary Abbott can seem unanchored on a program containing several pieces. But this new venture–a reworked 1977 musical–provides an enveloping context that supports and drives the dancing. Originally scored by David Spangler and written by Christopher Gore (who died 20 years ago–his brother Rick helped revise the book and lyrics), Nefertiti: A Concert of Music and Dance delivers a pacifist tale about the Egyptian queen, her husband Akhenaten, and the general Horemhab. Spangler calls the new version, which features a major dance component, “a gift–I’ve been waiting for this.” The large cast of actor-singers and dancers creates a strong sense of community; live music is provided on two keyboards and a drum kit. When everybody cooks at once, the blazing fusion of music, dance, and storytelling is breathtaking. a Preview Thu 10/4, 7:30 PM. Through 10/7: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $25-$45. Thursday’s performance is “Gospel Night,” hosted by BET star Bobby Jones, and Sunday’s performance is an awards benefit ($70 for show and party). –Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Ken Carl.