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Cindy Brandle says she often sits up at night holding her two-year-old child and thinking. Or, more accurately, worrying--about the state of the world and her daughter's future in it. Brandle's hour-long In the Eye of Stillness presents an abstracted view of what she sees as the chaos of contemporary existence. Divided into eight sections, it isn't nearly as chaotic as you might expect, often coming across as a sort of ritual: candles are lit and extinguished, and the seven dancers are dressed in flowing black like priestesses. The "chaotic" sections are actually quite exciting, set to electronic music that seems to include the buzzing of machines and the hissing of steam heat. Brandle--who was coartistic director of the Chicago Moving Company for five years but recently formed her own troupe--has a good feel for movement on or close to the floor, and she makes imaginative use of the proscenium stage at the rear of the Hamlin Park space. The song she sings in the seventh section, "Chaos Sleeps," about breath being restored, gives the piece additional structure and sets up the mysterious but hopeful ending. Opens Thu 12/1, 7:30 PM. Through 12/9: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Hamlin Park, field house, 3035 N. Hoyne, second floor, 773-509-1709, $10-$12.

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