As part of their collaboration called Moon Bathers, Mark Schulze and Sabine Fabie lie onstage, hardly moving, their heads resting against a suitcase, nude except for opened books strategically placed on their bodies; as they lie, a section from Anais Nin’s A Spy in the House of Love is read over a loudspeaker. The book on Schulze’s lap is Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and their dance is a bit like Woolf’s novel: its unorthodox form can be difficult to follow, but its limpid tone and gentle openness are rewarding. The remaining sections of the dance are also based on writers they enjoy: Zora Neale Hurston, E.E. Cummings, and Alan Lightman. Fabie’s and Schulze’s other, individually choreographed dances are more traditional, with many kinds of movement often athletically performed: Fabie’s strongly felt movement in her The Seventh Corner and #109, The Secret of Love, Schulze’s textured movement in Fitting Into Something. In their first concert as independent choreographers, Fabie and Schulze show great promise, so much that it shouldn’t matter that they’ll be performing in one of Northwestern University’s dance studios, where the only seats are uncomfortable bleachers. Thursday through Saturday at 8 at the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center of Northwestern University, 1979 South Campus Dr. in Evanston; $7. Call 708-491-3147 or 708-491-7282 for tickets and information.

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