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Dance COLEctive

Sometimes self-imposed limits actually enhance creativity, as when a poet restricts herself to a certain rhyme scheme and meter. Margi Cole, artistic director of the Dance COLEctive, set herself a spatial goal in her new duet, Between Red Velvet Ropes: originally she hoped to present it in a hallway of the historic Glessner House, and when she found she couldn't, she created a dance within the imagined boundaries of a long, narrow hall. Two women approach each other diffidently but interact intensely in a piece Cole says reflects the "luxurious confinement" imposed on women; in its most haunting gesture, the women place their hands softly behind their backs at the waist and turn and look behind themselves--at what we don't know, though it's not at us. Also on this brief program (50 minutes) is creative associate Laurel Moore's new Sole Exposure, a trio that evolved from an image of a bride being carried over the threshold into a meditation on stillness within movement; it's set to three pieces from Gavin Bryars's Sinking of the Titanic. Rounding out the program is a solo Colleen Halloran choreographed for Cole, Still With Me (which Cole also danced last weekend at the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives' "Per4mance>fest<98"); company member Ebony Lashay Smith's solo Yielding; and a duet created for Cole and Douglas E. Woods by Renee Wadleigh, Tie-Signs. Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $10. Call 312-482-8899 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

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

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