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Margi Cole's new work, Hues, tumbles its seven performers together in rapidly shifting combinations like bits of colored glass in a kaleidoscope. Reflecting with her young dancers on words like human, humanity, and humility, Cole came up with a vocabulary of movement for the work aided by videotapes of their kinetic speculations. The result, set to percolating music, moves the performers all over the stage in scenarios that obliquely suggest support, affection, confrontation, or self-absorption. Also on the program are reworked versions of Cole's duet Between the Red Velvet Ropes, originally intended for performance in a hallway at Glessner House but never actually done there, and her Reel to Real. A meditation on attitudes toward the female form, the piece opens with a voice-over about disguising one's figure flaws (the text comes from a recent book of beauty tips); meanwhile dancers strutting in high heels wield tape measures, transforming them into entrapping harness or delineating a fashion runway. The other new work being presented is Colleen Halloran's solo for Cole, Middle of a Life; though I haven't seen it, Cole says Halloran "articulates humanity well." Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, 773-604-8452. Through November 22: Friday-Saturday, 8 PM. $20.

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

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