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The "I" stands for "Ideas in Motion" in Chopin Theatre's annual presentation of European solo performances (each about one hour), featuring artists from Slovenia, Switzerland, Poland, Lithuania, Austria, Ukraine, Germany, and one domestic offering--Walkabout Theater Company's Poor, Poor Lear. The festival runs through 11/12, and all performances are at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Tickets are $10-$20 per night, which includes the performances, postshow discussions, and a reception. Most of the performances are in languages other than English; those that are in English or mostly nonverbal are indicated below. For more information call 773-278-1500 or see i-fest.com. Following is the schedule through 11/9; for a complete schedule see chicagoreader.com.

Footsteps Life after a labor camp, as depicted in Hungarian Nobel-winning novelist Imre Kertesz's Fatelessness, is brought to the stage by Polish writer Stanislaw Miedziewski and performed by Julian Swift Speed. a Sat 11/4, 7 PM (in English), on a bill with Hamlet/Dreams and Working Out, and Sun 11/5, 3 PM (in Polish), on a bill with Poor, Poor Lear and Working Out (see separate listings).

Hamlet/Dreams Mojtina Jurcer of Slovenia offers a nonverbal performance based on Shakespeare's tragedy. a Thu 11/2, on a bill with Poor, Poor Lear, and Sat 11/4, 7 PM, on a bill with Working Out and Footsteps (see separate listings).

Poor, Poor Lear Walkabout Theater Company premieres a reimagining by Kristan Schmidt and Nina Sallinen of Shakespeare's tragedy as a monologue for a 90-year-old Scandinavian actress. Sallinen, a native of Finland, performs under Schmidt's direction. In English. a Opens Thu 11/2, 7 PM. Through 11/12: Sun 3 PM, Mon-Thu 7 PM, Fri 9 PM. The Thu 11/2 performance is on a bill with Hamlet/Dreams, and the Sun 11/5 performance is on a bill with Footsteps and Working Out. The piece appears by itself 11/6-11/9.

Working Out Swiss artist Claudia Bucher presents a two-part nonverbal performance on "being a woman in modern culture." a Sat 11/4, 7 PM, on a bill with Hamlet/Dreams, and Sun 11/5, 3 PM, on a bill with Poor, Poor Lear and Footsteps (see separate listings).

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