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Chicago Moving Company

Not every artistic director can step back and say, "You do it this time." But that's what Nana Shineflug--who's powered the Chicago Moving Company since 1972--has done this year for the troupe's spring concert, offering a place in the choreographic spotlight to two current company members, one former member, and a longtime friend, Brian Jeffery of Xsight! Performance Group. Cindy Brandle has created two new pieces, the thoughtful, lyrical Changing Tides--in which outside forces seem to pick dancers up and move them around--and the duet You Say Psychic, I Say Psychotic, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, a lighthearted battle blending ballroom dance with wrestling. Peter Sciscioli's quartet, set to Bulgarian music, reveals a small community of women with their own unique ways of interacting. Former company member Kay Wendt LaSota reconstructs an earlier trio suggestive of a dysfunctional family, Floating Cage, featuring her trademark dramatic, gestural, but unsentimental style of movement. And Jeffery has created a wryly moody new piece for seven dancers, Dreaming Again, with a brilliant collaged score of music by the Hafler Trio, Orchestra Was, Sun Ra, and Moby; the dance builds emotion through a signature move--one person supports another swooping headfirst to the floor--and a sense of evolving relationships among the dancers. Friday and Saturday at 8 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State; $12-$15. Call 773-880-5402 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Erika Dufour.

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