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British choreographer Richard Alston is obviously a follower of Apollo rather than Dionysus. During a videotaped lecture-demonstration, he talks exclusively about the intellectual influences on his work: sculptor Henry Moore, the English approach to architecture, and, when he choreographed Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms, 17th-century lute playing and Dutch painting. An excerpt from a piece set to djembe music is purely formal, relating only to sound and not cultural associations--there's no hint of African dance. Alston clearly keys every detail of his works to the music that accompanies it, note by note, nuance by nuance. An excerpt from Fever, one of the pieces being performed here, has the same simultaneous stateliness and tumbling softness as its music, madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi. Also being performed are Such Longing, set to Chopin nocturnes and etudes, and Gypsy Mixture, set to remixed versions of Balkan folk songs. On Friday at 7 PM Alston gives a free talk for ticket holders. Thu-Sat, 2/9-2/11, 8 PM, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan, 312-344-8300, $20-$24.

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

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