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Politics & Dance The Short List (Theater) Recommended Critics' Picks Brief Run (Theater)

When: Sat., Jan. 8 2011

"What's interesting about the military," says Adam Rose of Antibody Dance, "is that it's a form of politics that transcends all politics. It's about technology and force." IAR 93 Vultur, Rose's solo contribution to this Dance Union showcase, is named for a Soviet bloc fighter plane and inspired by America's so-called military-occult complex--a batch of government projects, satirized in the 2009 movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, that investigated battlefield and espionage uses for psychic powers. Rose describes the piece as "like a war dance, a combat magic ritual." He's an intense presence in it, entering the space on his knees, stripped to the waist, with a rope between his teeth and his hands crossed behind his head like a POW. Also on the program are Abbot & Viv: The Prelude by RE|Dance (Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich), which looks at the effect of outside influences on a claustrophobic relationship; an excerpt from The Ladies Ring Shout, Meida McNeal, Felicia Holman, and Abra Johnson's call to action for women of color; and Z, a solo by Dance Union founder Ayako Kato, exploring the contradictions inherent in seeking salvation. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $10-$12

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