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We often say we're seized by regret, but in choreographer Cindy Brandle's vision, remorse cradles and caresses us. Or else the duos embracing and supporting each other in Regret represent love lost, perhaps through our own stupid mistakes. Either way, this new piece for ten dancers makes plain that our losses and self-reproaches make us who we are, that we hug them to us and think them over obsessively. Dressed in rich, velvety red costumes by Brandle and Atalee Judy, the dancers perform to Brandle and Esch Marie's original score and a voice-over of texts by Brandle and the dancers, expressing among other things the hopeless wish to "do it all over again." The Chicago Moving Company's other artistic director, Nana Shineflug, offers a much lighter perspective on life in a new ensemble piece. Love Songs, a world premiere in nine sections, is set to the Magnetic Fields' tongue-in-cheek recordings of ultratrashy country-western tunes. Shineflug's choreography for "Love Is Like Jazz" offers a boozy vision of haphazard couplings, while "Underwear" shows the dancers in saggy bright red long johns; in fact, astonishing undergarments loom large in this piece. Perhaps the most notable performance is Brandle's Elvis imitation in the solo "Acoustic Guitar." Also on the program are Shineflug's improvised solo and the Chicago premiere of her jazzy, upbeat Boom, set to John Adams's marchlike percussion-and-brass composition. Guest choreographer Judy contributes Logotype 02, a new piece in her series of the same name; a self-professed "violent kid" and teen runaway, she says she honed her dance skills in the mosh pit. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 773-880-5402. Through April 28: Friday-Saturday, 8 PM. $12-$15.

--Laura Molzahn

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

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