Mordine & Co. Brief Run (Theater) Critic's Choice Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fri., April 29 and Sat., April 30 2011

Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, we seem to be venting more now and enjoying it less. What's the point if everybody's so busy sending that nobody's reading? Shirley Mordine's new work, LifeSpeak, might've got stuck in venting mode, too--it's built around the six dancers' personal stories--if she hadn't made a point of including what's so often missing from the social-media equation: listening. The solos only truly come alive when the other dancers respond to them by mirroring, assisting, or confronting the soloist. Played live, Shawn Decker's score underlines the intimate conversations in this exquisitely performed piece. LifeSpeak is part of Mordine & Company's Next 2011 concert, which also includes Kaleidoscope, a new quartet by Mordine mentee Alitra Cartman. Guest troupe RE|Dance performs Michael Estanich's The Mysterious Disappearance of the Second Youngest Sister, a trio featuring a young female writer, her female character, and the writer's male alter ego. And Mordine remounts her 2009 Illuminations, based on the myth of Icarus and set against John Boesche's intergalactic imagery. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $15-$22

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