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When: Feb. 26-28 2009

Shirley Mordine tackles the subject of time to celebrate her company's 40th anniversary. The first half of her new Illuminations, she says, deals with the "human structure of time"--remembrance and hope. But, inspired partly by Brian Greene's book Icarus at the Edge of Time, which uses storytelling to make relativity comprehensible, she wants the second half to "open out." Minimalist music--Steve Reich for section one, then an original composition by Shawn Decker--sets off the intricate choreography. The rest of the program is devoted to older works by Mordine, many performed by guests. Former company member Mary Wohl Haan returns in the 1988 solo Early Being, while vets Michael McStraw and Paula Frasz dance with the current troupe in a revised Songspiel (1980). Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre presents 2003's "I Haven't Heard From You . . . ," and Dance COLEctive revives 1975's Three Women. Mordine herself performs the 1981 solo Silver Lining on Saturday night only, before the company gala.

Price: $24-$28

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