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Bad-Mood Writhing

DANCE EXPO ’87 Jackie Radis, Bob Eisen, and Yoshiko Chuma at MoMing July 31 and August 1 and 2, 1987 Yoshiko Chuma, New York-based choreographer and performance artist, has said her works have “no meaning.” I don’t know exactly what she means by that, but it’s clear to me that Our Kind of a Town, […]

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Inexpensive Thrills

DANCE FOR $1.98– PROGRAM 2 at MoMing July 17-19, 1987 The second program of MoMing’s “Dance for $1.98,” an annual showcase for new dance pieces, provided some true thrills. I left the theater in a rare state of exhilaration, thanks mostly to Inside Out, by Barbara Magee, and Garden in Darkness, by Anne Kuite. These […]

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Light and Lucid

NEW DANCES ’87 Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble July 10, 1987 When my year-old daughter bounces along to the beat, the pure joy of it splits her face into a grin so big you can see all eight teeth and then some. A similar joy informs the best of “New Dances ’87,” a project of the […]

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The Young and the Artless

SOURCE Bryan Saner, Shaun Gilmore, and Martha Channer at Columbia College Dance Center June 19 and 20, 1987 “Source,” the title of a recent program of new work, implies that the three choreographers’ shared background in the visual arts informs their dance making. In fact the common denominator seemed to be their inexperience, and its […]

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Intimate Strangers

MAKING COLLABORATIONS Bob Eisen and Jackie Radis, Jan Bartoszek and Patricia Pelletier at MoMing June 12-14, 1987 Collaboration — laboring together — might also be the word for what couples do. And in artistic collaboration, as in collaborations of love, the more equal the partners, the better the chance the resulting work, dance or marriage, […]

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Russian Classics

KIROV BALLET at the Civic Opera House May 27-31, 1987 The Kirov Ballet of Leningrad returned to Chicago after 23 years and I don’t remember such an outpouring of local dancers and students at any dance concert I’ve seen here. They came to watch and to learn from this fabulous company — which, apart from […]

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High Gloss, Low Spark

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER at the Civic Opera House May 7-10, 1987 TWYLA THARP DANCE at the Auditorium Theatre May 9, 1987 Although an Alvin Ailey engagement rarely offers a creative surprise, his strong sense of drama and his dedication to celebrating the black experience and to exploring ancient ritual generally combine to make […]

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Two Generous Pieces

RECONSTRUCTING (THE TEMPLE) FROM MEMORY at the Organic Theater CANDYLAND: THE SAGA OF HELEN BRACH AND HER PET POODLE SUGAR at the Organic Theater Reconstructing (the Temple) From Memory is an enormously generous performance piece, yet paradoxically, its generosity doesn’t come cheap. The piece is generous because of the wealth of extraordinary moments it offers; […]

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Survivors

JOFFREY BALLET Civic Opera House March 17-29, 1987 In the opening moments of Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, the curtain raiser of the Joffrey Ballet’s current engagement, five women in filmy pastel costumes embraced dancer Glenn Edgerton in a circle. They tilted their heads backward and arched their pliant spines, resembling a glorious flower opening its […]

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National Ballet of Canada

NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA Auditorium Theatre March 16-17, 1987 The last time the National Ballet of Canada appeared in Chicago was in 1979, when it performed Swan Lake at one of Geraldine Freund’s extravagant International Ballet Festivals of Stars. NBC finally returned last week with Alice, an absolute beauty of a ballet, danced with great […]