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When: Jan. 15-17 2010

Former Molly Shanahan/MadShak members Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich debut their dance-theater troupe with Portraits Tryptich, a program of three pieces set in carefully imagined and represented surroundings. Estanich and Riner locate their moody, jointly choreographed duet "Abbot & Viv" in a living room, with chairs, lamps, and a long, low table that acts as a stage within the stage, focusing the action (and at times suggesting a bed). Even more evocative is the delicate glass bowl that Riner and Estanich balance on their heads or backs, pass back and forth, or hold in common--a locus of power that they manipulate and compete for, risk and cherish. Estanich's "The Mysterious Disappearance of the Second Youngest Sister"--in which San Francisco dancer Robin Anderson plays an author, Estanich her male persona, and Riner her character--is performed amid piles of books. And Sara Tan dances the Estanich piece "Portrait, Unpacked," a solo imagining the death of Joan of Arc, using a clay-covered table embellished with suggestions of blossoms. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $10-$12

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