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Mira'm (Se dicen tantas cosas) (So Many Things Are Said)

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This haunting dance-theater piece by Barcelona choreographer Marta Carrasco portrays our trembling, confused emotional lives. Short related pieces--set to well-chosen music that ranges from Tom Waits and Edith Piaf to Mozart and Schubert--evoke the disconnect between outward expression and inner feeling. In one, a woman moves sinuously and sings a French love song while on another part of the stage a second woman is tossed drunkenly, almost violently, between two men, barely able to hold herself up. Our lives, Carrasco seems to be saying, are often messier than we're willing to admit. The five performers, three women and two men, are alternately explosive and fragile. Going about everyday rituals like sharing meals, looking for mates, and interacting with family members, they reach for connection but are invariably left to their own alienation, isolation, and fear. Carrasco's moving 2000 piece, performed in Spanish, will be shown at the Goodman without supertitles. But that shouldn't matter since the only long passage in Spanish is absurdist: a woman on a swinging platform gives an animated monologue, punctuated by animal-like exclamations from the rest of the cast, that begins with a description of cooking a chicken and ends in a confusing rant. The rest of the piece needs no translation, relying as it does on movement, not words, to evoke our discordant interior landscapes. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800. Through July 20: Thursday, 7:30 PM; Friday-Saturday, 8 PM; Sunday, 2 PM. $14-$22.

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