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Narrative Gaps

Unbound Fusion Emergence Dance Theatre, Joel Hall Dancers, and Loop Troop at the Athenaeum Theatre, October 26 and November 17 and 27 By Terry Brennan Telling stories in dance can be tricky. Many dances can be summarized, but we often feel the story as much as we understand it consciously. And different people often see […]

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Dancing Across State Lines

The last couple of dances that Zephyr Dance Ensemble artistic director Michelle Kranicke has choreographed have had an understated elegiac quality, a sorrow that insinuates itself into every movement. Her new Memory Slipped conveys a feeling of quiet abandonment, perhaps the feeling of a woman with two children asleep in the house gazing at the […]

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Show and Tell

Mixed Quartet Chicago Moving Company, Bob Eisen Dance, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and James Kelly Choreography Project at the Athenaeum Theatre, November 8 and 13; repeating November 15 By Terry Brennan When Mikhail Baryshnikov started to perform with the White Oak Dance Project a few years ago, many questioned why a primo ballet dancer […]

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Star Turns and Stumbles

Triple Electric Deeply Rooted Productions, Jan Erkert & Dancers, and XSight! Performance Group at the Athenaeum Theatre, October 25; repeating November 20 and 30 By Terry Brennan As the curtain went up a young woman in the row behind me settled into her seat and muttered at the stage, “OK. Entertain me.” I wanted to […]

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On Invisible Strings

Twin Houses Compagnie Nicole Mossoux & Patrick Bonte at the Athenaeum Theatre, September 24 and 25 By Terry Brennan A person who enters psychoanalysis enters a shifting world where principles once relied on suddenly disappear: one’s conviction of a parent’s love turns out to be a mirage; one’s own goodwill morphs into clutching manipulation. Deep […]

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Chicago Moving Company

This dance is about falling, but nobody would get that but me,” says choreographer Nana Shineflug about her Bach Suites. “It’s one of those deep philosophical things,” she says, mugging as she says “deep” and “philosophical.” “We fall into the world, and the world is filled with problems and difficulties. What you do on the […]

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Weak with Anger

Zephyr Dance Ensemble at the Harold Washington Library, June 15 By Terry Brennan The Zephyr Dance Ensemble bills itself as Chicago’s only all-women repertory dance company. It’s an interesting marketing approach both because it accurately describes them–their dancers, choreographers, and even lighting designer are women–and because it promises dance that’s possibly feminine, possibly feminist. Exactly […]

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Clowns Plus Wrestlers

In this Cook County Theatre Department revival, found and original texts provide the voices for a juxtaposition between two worlds. The clowns, limpid and theatrical, re-create classic bits of physical comedy and mime. The wrestlers wrestle, read letters to the audience about why they ran away from training camp, and generally struggle with controlling their […]