The “fix” in the name has nothing to do with fixedness: this contact improv group is devoted to indeterminacy and change. When I saw them last summer, its four members – Kathleen Maltese, Jen Abrams, Leslie Teng, and Julij Miller -were trying to stay on top of the physical situations they themselves created, then disrupted in the constantly evolving experiment that is contact improvisation, a form developed in 1972 by Steve Paxton. With no explicit subject, no suggestions from the audience, the dancers simply come together and see what happens – and with these dancers, who have the goodwill and intelligence to both support and challenge one another, what happens is likely to be good. There’s a huge potential for drama as the audience comes to recognize the dancers’ characters and waits to see the story their interactions will tell. Yet Limbic Fix doesn’t leave everything to chance: for the concert last summer, “Gravity Games Re-Turns,” the group devised a structure of solos, duets, and quartets or imposed time limits. This intelligent choice provided a framework within which the evening could evolve. No one can predict exactly how the current effort, “Pressure Sensitive,” will turn out, but the foursome have been working together for a couple of years, which promises stability. And for these concerts they add new member Tiina Harris and guest artist from New York David Hurwith, which promises change. Friday and Saturday at 8 at Link’s Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $8. Call 773-338-0519 for tickets and information.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo by Micheal Filler.