David Dorfman Dance Critic's Choice Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 28 2008

Anyone interested in political turmoil, past or present, should see David Dorfman's Underground, his 2006 evening-length piece inspired by the Weathermen. Dorfman, a Chicago native who was 13 when the militant SDS splinter group brought its "Days of Rage" riots here in 1969, idolized these domestic terrorists, and his piece--which blends movement with spoken texts, projections, sound effects, and hippy-dippy songs--has a retrospective dimension. But it's also a passionate call to action now, from the complex perspective of someone who’s seen protests come and go but still hopes for change. Acts of confrontation--raised fists, screaming--repeat but evolve, while trios that form and re-form as human bridges illustrate the inherent strength of solidarity. Fluid shifts in dominance in a male-female duet suggest the bonds created between intimate enemies: protesters and police, the SDS and the Weathermen, male activists and the budding feminists they subordinated. Dorfman's heart is right there on Underground's sleeve; that can lead to obvious or repetitious passages, but it also brings power to the dancing. Underground will be performed on Friday and Saturday night; Dorfman's new Disavowal, rooted in the story of "race traitor" John Brown, plays Thursday night and Sunday afternoon. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $24-$28

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