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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 11 2013

It's not like Federico García Lorca's 1933 Blood Wedding needs resuscitating. But there's nothing like dance to take things to a new plane. Pursuit Productions' magical dance-theater staging splits the characters of the Bride and her illicit lover, Leonardo, in two: actors play the everyday girl and unhappy young husband, and dancers, woven into almost every scene, their mystical counterparts. Director Kacie Smith's compassionate, beautifully performed 90-minute adaptation retains all the script's poetry, and choreographer Ahmad Simmons—whose two grave dancers seem silent witnesses to irreversible truths—makes every kinetic choice cogent. Blues songs underscore the earthly tragedy; a sung 23rd Psalm plays as passion overtakes the BrideDancer and LeonardoDancer. Ultimately the dance element both accentuates and surmounts the story's chasms: between body and spirit, male and female, nature and society.—Laura Molzahn

Price: $18

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