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Limbic Fix

Watching contact improvisation can feel like a guilty pleasure, like eavesdropping on a conversation in a bar or restaurant: you know you're tuning in on an essentially private exchange, but you just can't help yourself. It's too interesting. Then, suddenly, it's not: the energy flags, the talk slows to a fumbling, laconic muddle. Then one person's provocative remark sets everyone else off and it's fascinating again. Limbic Fix--Chicago's only performing contact-improv group--reveals this dynamic in the first half of its upcoming program, "A Particular Fruit: New and Improvised Dances." In one purposely clotted quintet, everyone remains as much in physical contact with everyone else as possible; in a spare and lovely quintet, everyone moves in isolation to create a landscape that evolves as slowly as shadows in a desert; in various solos, duets, and trios (the "particular fruits" of the title), the performers indulge in eccentric individual motions--one cranes her neck around another woman's raised leg, for example, to peer at the sole of her foot. The second half features choreographed pieces: Jen Abrams's new trio Kabbalat Shabbat, about a female Jew greeting the "bride" of the Jewish Sabbath, and Leslie Teng's solo Solstice, in which she focuses on pivots, fulcrums, axes--those points at which everything can change instantaneously. In one very fine moment, after angrily slamming her arms across a table, Teng balances on it, her legs extended and poised, the exemplar of momentous calm. Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $12. Call 773-973-1169 for tickets and information.

--Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): uncredited photo.

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