Pretty much everything about the Sock Monkeys is in their name: unabashed amusement, athleticism, grace, collaboration, a certain impishness, a little tribal je ne sais quoi, and even a sort of fuzzy warmth. This four-person collective twirls somewhere between postmodern dance and performance art, integrating movement, text, wonderfully absurd props, music, and notions both serious and whimsical into their work. Although individual members come up with the ideas, they develop each piece as a group, in the process creating intuitive connections among themselves. The result is performances that are intimate (no matter the size of the hall) and haunting. This month the Sock Monkeys premiere a new piece, Links Plays, rework an old one (Fish Tales), and introduce their first venture into film, with director Blair Jensen. Link’s Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 281-0824. May 7 through 16: Fridays-Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 7 PM. $7.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Blair Jensen.