For the first time in the three-year history of the Movable Beast Dance Festival, the performances are taking place only during the Museum of Contemporary Art's Summer Solstice Celebration. But that doesn't mean the dances are any less interesting--in fact, since they're all site specific, this avant-garde event may be more avant-garde than ever. Among the festival's three out-of-town guests is OnSite Dance Company from San Francisco, which plans an outdoor bicycle piece called Freewheel employing not only the five members of the company but participants from Chicago's Bike Coalition and other members of the local biking community, including death-defying messengers. New York's Free Fall has devised a duet that includes splashing in a kiddie pool, and Hijack, a duo from Minneapolis, performs It Took Great Luck for You to Be a Winner. Of the homegrown talent, Selene Carter and Kathleen Maltese perform a three-hour contact improvisation joined by a rope between the second and fourth floors of the museum; Marianne Kim has created a new traveling ensemble work; Bob Eisen will present a solo improvisation of two to three hours; Rebecca Rossen will offer short solos by various choreographers she asked to "make a Jewish dance"; Sheldon B. Smith will stage a quintet within a six-by-ten-foot rectangle; Kay Wendt LaSota offers three short movement-theater duets, including a miniature tabletop rendition of the staircase scene in Vertigo; and Lisa Wymore and Peter Sciscioli will present Cataphilles, an interactive traveling piece about those obsessed with the Paris catacombs. Friday from 5:30 to 8 and Saturday from 1 to 4 (see the listing for exact times and locations) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago; $7, free for children 12 and under and MCA members. Tickets only at the door; call 312-280-2660 for information. --Laura Molzahn
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Elizabeth Gorelik.