Joffrey Ballet The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays-Sundays. Continues through May 15 2011

Choreographer Edwaard Liang visits the land of Nod in his world premiere Woven Dreams. More abstract than his previous work for the Joffrey--The Age of Innocence, based on Jane Austen’s novels--this ensemble dance is intended, he says, "to take audiences to an alternate universe, something fantastical." Jeff Bauer's set helps, placing the dancers at the bottom of a huge basket with moving strands. Liang describes Woven Dreams as "a little dark and edgy" overall but adds that a men's section inspired by his own flying dreams is "more airy, giving a feeling of freedom." Set to the "Playful Pizzicato" movement from Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony, the section features a swirling entry with arms floating, unison leaps, and quicksilver shifts in direction. "It's like you’re a school of fish swimming!" Liang told the dancers at a rehearsal. Yuri Possokhov contributes another world premiere, Bells, and Julia Adam's 2000 Night--also about dreams--is a company premiere. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $25-$145

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