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When: March 26-27 2010

It looked like the end of an era when Goat Island Performance Group called it quits in 2008. After two decades they were a local institution, even if they performed here only rarely. And then there was the question of what the members could possibly do with the idiosyncratic skills they’d developed as part of a troupe that specialized in the difficult, the dense, the inscrutable, and the strenuous. The answer, it turns out, is more. Goat Island cofounders Lin Hixon and Matthew Goulish have reconstituted themselves as Every House Has a Door, to “create project-specific collaborative performances with invited guests.” For this showcase curated by Mark Jeffery and Sara Schnadt, EHHD will present They’re Mending the Great Forest Highway, a new work-in-progress that plays on influences ranging from Bela Bartok to YouTube. Also on the bill: Zagreb-based ensemble OOUR will offer Creation of Eve, a duet exploring “gender, political agency, and expression.” Performance artist Angela Ellsworth will be in from Arizona with Another Women’s Movement, her three-hour, site-specific piece in which nine women in early Mormon dress alternately spread out to find "revelations" and come together for line dancing. And local artists Jessica Hannah and Justin Cabrillo will perform works incubated through In>Time, a collaboration between the Chicago Performance Network and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs designed to "stimulate and nurture" experimentation. There’s also a symposium, "Performing Futures: Sustaining and Continuing a Live Art Performance Practice" (Fri, 3/26, 1-5:30 PM, free admission but reservations required), featuring artists, curators, and scholars. —Tony Adler

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