Julia Rae Antonick | Fine Arts Building | Dance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 30 2011

A self-described duelist—as opposed to a soloist or ensemble dancer—independent choreographer Julia Rae Antonick premieres Commissura, an ambitious evening-length work exploring the symbiosis of paired beings. The word "commissura" is defined as the juncture between two things, especially the nerve fibers that connect the brain's hemispheres. Comissura the piece is performed by two couples who are paired off in real life: Antonick and Jonathan Meyer, and Jessie Marasa and Benjamin Law. Switching partners with head-spinning ease, they communicate all the subtle physical and emotional adjustments necessary to maintain a relationship without killing yourself or your partner. Percussionist Joe St. Charles and singer/pianist Dan Mohr sometimes join in the action, and Antonick plans to relocate the audience at times, seating about half on rolling platforms that are moved slowly—like tectonic plates, she says. Whether the choreography is large and muscular or minute and suggestive, it always merges two distinct beings into a single lumbering, delicate beast. —Laura Molzahn

Price: $15-$20

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