The performers in this internationally known company are so far from casual in their technique it's ridiculous. But once a year they fly by the seat of their pants, in "Inside/Out," a program choreographed and performed by HSDC members. Walking into one rehearsal studio, I discovered lanky Larry Trice folded up in a cardboard box and Tobin Del Cuore shooting him with a video camera under the direction of Cheryl Mann and Sarah Cullen Fuller, who'll perform while the finished video is projected. Based on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which values imperfection and impermanence, the piece is intended to be rough. In another studio Jamy Meek was working on a trio, Annon, guiding the performers through twining, folding, and unfolding motions consistent with the classical music playing. Suddenly, however, they fell into simian hopping from one foot to the other, heads dangling to the side, hands sliding down shins. Given the conceptual ingenuity of Wabi-Sabi, Meek's choreographic ingenuity in Annon, glimpses I got of dances by Erin Derstine and Taryn Kaschock, and the troupe's general level of expertise and sophistication, "Inside/Out" promises to be an interesting evening. Fri-Sat 6/9-6/10, 8 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, 312-850-9744, ext. 216, $10.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Todd Rosenberg.