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After gobbling up your Thanksgiving dinner, this weekend you can gobble up a feast of dance by four different choreographers during the second, and final, weekend of the Next Dance Festival. Claire Bataille's duet Nice Work, If You Can Get It, set to Gershwin, has the same straightforward, good old American, slightly old-fashioned flavor as the company she recently retired from, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and just the right seasoning of surprise. Also on the program are some top-notch male dancers, and we all know they're something of a delicacy: Wilfredo Rivera, the androgynous superquick Power Ranger of River North Dance Company, performs Ginger Farley's Schism, while Anthony Gongora performs his own solo Listening Without Ears, a quasi-religious piece with devotional music and a candle. But I have the feeling that the real meat and potatoes of these performances, the pieces that will fill your belly for the cold trip home, will be three dances by Winifred Haun. East 90/94 is a substantial ensemble piece that both captures and transcends the frantic pace of modern life, and she's showing two new dances: a solo, Grace Over Hunger, inspired by a National Geographic photo, and Minutes, a group piece that, using a jumbo-size table, addresses the complexities of the business meeting. Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport; $15. Call 784-6735 for tickets and information.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Bill Frederking.

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