In the small, intense, perilous world of Chicago dance, loss is common. People drop out, or move away to try their luck in a more hospitable place. That's why the Link's Hall Homecoming Series has been such a great idea--because this world is so small and perilous that people cling to each other and to their joint past. This weekend Jackie Radis--a founder and one of the mainstays of MoMing Dance & Arts Center, who moved to New Mexico five years ago--returns to perform a solo, Dogs, Desires, and Good Digestion. Radis, always a mellow, mature, passionate performer, made dances that were deceptively casual: her evening-length piece for six, Without Words, built a formidable edifice out of human glances, a few two-by-fours, a woman's sighs and tears. Maya (formerly Mary) Ward, a member of Xsight! Performance Group who now also lives in New Mexico, was always clever and theatrical and ribald; she could do wonders with a bedsheet or a scrim. She always seemed fascinated by angels, and one of the three solos she'll perform here is called One Angel Dancing (On the Head of Pin), confined to a four-foot circumference. Amy Osgood never moved away but made her last professional piece in March of 1991, a wonderful autobiographical dance called Venus Trilogy; for this concert she's choreographed two pure-movement pieces, a quartet and a solo. And Tim O'Slynne is not returning this weekend or any other: this former member of Xsight! died Monday, October 10, of AIDS-related illness. He was a charismatic performer and a campy, wickedly insightful choreographer: we won't see the likes of his What Are We Going to Do With Mary? or Xsight!'s The Pope's Toe again. So my advice is to go home while you can. The final performances of the Homecoming Series are Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $7. Call 281-0824 for tickets and info.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Patricia Smith.