Gravity New Review (Theater and Comedy) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

You know the circus act: performers hanging from ropes, rings, or long fabric loops strike hyperathletic poses high above the ground. Now replace the artless displays of muscular prowess with grace, lyricism, and careful attention to the lines of the female form—and lower everything to about eight feet off the floor—and you've got Aerial Dance Chicago's new concert. Or most of it, anyway. The last two pieces in the 90-minute show toss grandiosity and shtick into the mix with unfortunate results. In the other seven, which feature one to four dancers in costumes resembling 1940s swimwear, the various choreographers let simple gestures—and occasional great swoops and plunges—speak for themselves. The darkness that envelops everything enhances the elegiac tone. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30

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