Looking back in order to move forward is a time-honored approach to life’s challenges. Artistic director Anna Simone Levin was originally inspired to make Landtslayt (Yiddish for “people from the homeland”) by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but she “filtered this big idea down” into a contemplation of territoriality and defensiveness. Premiered last January during the Next Dance festival, this simultaneously violent and delicate female quartet illuminates the ritualistic frenzy often induced by self-protective impulses. New artistic associate Jeffery Hancock’s Reclamation is a look back at childhood; with its crab walks, whispering, games of Duck Duck Gray Duck, and snippets of music and text, it evokes well–and without sentiment–the insularity and creativity of the world kids inhabit. And a new solo choreographed for Hancock by Sherry Zunker, former artistic director of River North Dance Chicago, seems to look back on their ten years together in that company: Between, set to the song “This Woman’s Work,” communicates a passionate sense of loss and regret. Also new is Conflux, a collaboration between Simone Levin and Hancock; the program is rounded out by Ron De Jesus’s The Seated Souls, Hancock’s “anti-musical theater” piece Ain’t Necessarily So, and former artistic director Jason Ohlberg’s The Needy and the Nasty, a riot of movement through flying rose petals that makes this cliche entirely new. Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble, 773-278-7471, ext. 194. Opens Thursday, October 25, 7 PM. Through October 27: Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 2 and 8 PM. $12-$15 ($50 for the Thursday performance, a company benefit).

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