Dancing on the Anatomical Planet of Perceptual Fusion
Forget the title: it's merely an amalgam of the names of the four different troupes that teamed up for this concert. The piece that promises to be the most challenging and interesting is the Anatomical Theatre's 2081, based on Kurt Vonnegut's story "Harrison Bergeron," about a futuristic society's efforts to level everyone's abilities. Anatomical artistic director Robynne M. Gravenhorst magnifies the story's dance motif: in 2081 ballerinas are the prime victims of society's "handicapping" of those who are too talented--a concept visualized in horrifying masks and tutus made of plywood, whose clacking sets one's teeth on edge and one's brain into an alarming state of irritation. Intensely young, this romantic, cynical piece is ambitious enough to attempt social criticism. Also young are Same Planet Different World, whose artistic director, Jason Ohlberg, offers a premiere, Venus, that uses insect life as a metaphor for human social structures; new associate director Anna Simone Levin presents an as-yet-untitled premiere about loneliness. The Hyde Park-based Fusion Performance Group, directed by Doug Wood, offers two pieces accompanied by live music, Suite for Voice and Violin (set to Villa-Lobos) and Piano Sonata no. 30, op. 109 in E Major (set to Beethoven). Finally, Lin Shook of Perceptual Motion presents Inger's Kaleidoscope, which includes one 78-year-old dancer, and a premiere, Present Tense, examining the idea of time. Friday and Saturday at 8 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State; $12-$15. Call 312-922-9402 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Michael Filler.