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River North Chicago Dance Company

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River North has always gone out of its way to procure a variety of stylish, entertaining works. This year the premieres include Blown Away, by Tony-nominated Lynne Taylor-Corbett, a self-described storyteller. Her accessible piece revolves around eight Depression-era characters whose vignettes combine to create the sense of a stressed but vital community. Two new dances by Chicagoans are remarkable for not quite doing what the choreographers seem to intend--though that might be a good thing. At a preview Kevin Iega Jeff said his Sky is about "freedom and release, shifting clouds and moods," but this very presentational, sculptural dance communicates more a feeling of stability and devotion. Lauri Stallings calls her newish work Ahimsa, referring to the Buddhist doctrine of doing no harm. But much of the dance, whose costumes and style evoke a sophisticated urban crowd, seems devoted to difficult, even perverse interactions between men and women. Artistic director Frank Chaves's new Habaneras, the Music of Cuba (which I didn't see) pays tribute to the country of his birth without resorting to traditional Latin dances. Also on the program are Chaves's Fixe, Love Will Follow, and amusing Take a Seat; Sherry Zunker's Vent; and Ashley Roland's Beat. Fri-Sat 3/10-3/11, 8 PM, and Sun 3/12, 3 PM, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777 (877-447-7849 for groups of ten or more), $25-$45.

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