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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company


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There are people whose anger sparkles and bubbles, who are exhilarated and inspired by their angry feelings--poets of anger who will follow this river underground and trace its backwaters, rivulets, and torrents wherever they lead. That's the kind of artist Bill T. Jones is, and a good thing too: with nothing to lose, he can risk everything. Anger fueled his Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land, made him confront the audience with a whole stageful of naked people, made him throw different bits and pieces of Americana into a postmodern stew just to see what happened, who minded. And anger is the force driving the joyful, abstract D-Man in the Waters, in which the dancers dive across the stage, wrestle their way over it, leap over one another as if over breakers, sometimes buoyed by an all-encompassing medium, sometimes struggling against it. You can see the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company perform this far-from-saturnine 1989 piece, so oddly appropriate to the holidays, on a program that's a stimulating mix of old and new: Jones's new solo, Last Night on Earth, dedicated to his longtime partner, Arnie Zane, who died of AIDS-related illness in 1988; several other new works by Jones; pieces by Zane; and one by company member Sean Curran. Thursday and Friday, December 17 and 18, at 8 at the Merle Reskin-Blackstone Theatre, 60 E. Balbo; $15-$25. Call Performing Arts Chicago for tickets and info, 242-6237.

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