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The idea behind this festival, curated by choreographer Sheldon B. Smith and composer Dave Pavkovic, is to give music and dance equal weight. That doesn't necessarily mean that the two are well coordinated--and serendipity is part of these pieces' charm. Kay Wendt LaSota's duet I Might Be Sinking was being rehearsed to Jonathan Chen's experimental music for the first time when I saw it, but the sounds this classically trained violinist produced from PVC piping, an old speaker, and a corrugated tube went remarkably well with LaSota's matter-of-fact, athletic choreography and enigmatic script. Intrigued by the idea of sinking instead of swimming and by the physical differences between dancers Ron Bieganski and Franco de Leon, LaSota has come up with an oblique commentary on men and American mores. Also on the program this Thursday and Friday are Hi! Performance (Robbie Cook, Holly Quinn, Julia Rhoads, and Smith) in a densely choreographed piece set to music by Pavkovic's band Toe, plus hip-hop dancer Chris Courtney's collaboration with saxophonist Dave Boykin. Next weekend features "funky punky fun dances" by Asimina Chremos set to music by math-rock band the Ancient Greeks, Joan Pangilinan-Taylor's solo Migrant with electronic music by TV Pow, and Ann Boyd's collaboration with singer-songwriter Rebecca Gates of the Spinanes. HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, 773-281-0824. Thursday-Friday, January 18 and 19, 8 PM. Then Friday-Saturday, January 26 and 27, 8 PM. $10.

--Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Sheldon B. Smith.

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