Paula Frasz and Kim Neal Nofsinger

It’s not every day you see a dance about middle-aged love–in fact, I don’t think I’d ever seen one until I watched Kim Neal Nofsinger’s Old and Easy, which he dances with Paula Frasz. Set to two Rosemary Clooney songs, it features an ancient, tacky armchair and lots of easy, comfy, sliding partnering, a little tongue-in-cheek old-guard romance, and a generally permissive attitude and style. Nofsinger’s other duet, Permission, is about a far less specific kind of love: angular and unpredictable, it shows two dancers responding to mysterious laws of attraction and repulsion, coming together and moving apart with both strength and diffidence. Also on the program–called “While We Can Still Wear White: Dances for Before Labor Day”–are three new dances by Frasz: Songs My Mother Sang Me, a narrative quintet with an original score featuring goofy folk songs of America and Australia; The Pleiades: Toccata and Fugue for Seven Sisters, an abstract piece highlighted by the volatility of sisterly interactions; and the male solo New Order, created in response to the current neo-Nazi movement in Germany. Nofsinger will dance Elina Mooney’s solo Disappearing Act, about the evaporation of Gypsy culture, and will link his Just a Little Romp with Frasz’s Theme and Variation on a Jig. Free previews Monday at 12:15 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State (312-747-4800), and Wednesday at 12:15 in the dance studio of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630). Regular performances are Thursday, August 20, and next Friday, August 21, at 8 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State; $10-$12. Call 312-409-4959 for tickets and information.

–Laura Molzahn

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