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Jan Erkert & Dancers

To make a dance about dreams and time is to make a dance about everything and nothing at once. Yet that was the evanescent task choreographer Jan Erkert set for herself in 4:14 A.M., a dance whose primary motif, repeated both in floor patterns and within the dancers' bodies, is the spiral. It's a good choice, expressing the way our imagination circles away from itself and back, recycling images and feelings. And the dance is filled with Erkert's singularly evocative and ingenious movement--hands before the mouth as if catching the breath or the soul, a strangely luxurious slow-motion step with a twitch in the hip--often performed so quickly and fluidly you wish you could stop, rewind, and watch it again. This otherworldly dance, with soft, flowing knit costumes by Robin Richman and live music for flute and cello by Mexican composer Marcela Rodriguez, is juxtaposed on this program with Erkert's Love Poems, which premiered a year ago. Erkert writes of Love Poems, "I went to the viscera to find this dance," and it shows, in the pounding of Claudia Howard Queen's score, in the sometimes tortured, sometimes violent nature of Erkert's choreography, and in the calibrated precision and wild abandon of dancers Paul Cipponeri, Robbie Cook, Erika Gilfether, Krenly Guzman, Suet May Ho, and Kim Nelson. Thursday, March 11, through Saturday at 8 at the Dance Center of Columbia College, 4730 N. Sheridan; $12-$18 (tickets to the company benefit Friday, including a postperformance reception, are $38). Call 773-989-3310 for tickets and information, including group rates. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Love Poems photo by Erika Dufour.

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