Shirley Mordine recently announced that she doesn’t want to rely on her previous success with “the well-made dance.” And judging by the excerpts from Edge Mode shown at an open rehearsal, her newest work is open-ended, intuitive, and a little frayed, rawer and less dancerly than many of her recent efforts. Dardi McGinley spends long, intense, spellbinding moments crouched in a spotlight and quivering, almost vibrating, like an instrument registering slight, threatening changes in the atmosphere. In one section several young dancers decked out in bandannas, shorts, and heavy boots stamp out visceral rhythms, their hostility so bland and pervasive it might almost be boredom. The original music, by Amnon Wolman and Richard Woodbury, is often as cold and crushing as a cavalcade of Harleys. Also on this 1994 Spring Festival of Dance program, which celebrates Mordine & Company’s 25th year, is the 1993 Truth Spin, a dance as cerebral and finely tuned as Edge Mode is primitive, and the liquid, introspective 1989 Flores y Animales. Thursday through next Saturday, April 7-9, at 8 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State; $16. Mordine will also offer a lecture-demonstration Thursday, April 7, at 12:15 at the same place; free. Call 271-7928 for tickets and info.

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