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Robert Moses's Kin

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San Francisco choreographer Robert Moses has a strong feeling for music. The rocking motions of his ritualistic Lucifer's Prance echo the repetitions of the score, excerpts from Philip Glass's Akhnaten, and the crossing lines of dancers in this piece for ten recapitulate Glass's counterpoint. In a visual and aural joke, when bells ring two women are carried upside down, their legs straight up in the air and dropping one after the other in sync with the chiming. The dancing is grounded yet lyrical, swinging out from the axis of the torso and sometimes eating up the space as dancers run, leap, turn in the air, and land facedown in the opposite direction. Yet at times the partnering is awkward: women are held aloft in strange ways, hanging down with their butts in the air, say, and legs cocked. Even these oddities are appealing, however, as are the sometimes eccentric movements in Never Solo (also being presented on the program here, the second in Columbia College's "Into the West" festival). Performing this brief piece choreographed for himself, Moses punctuates his sensual, elastic movement with reverberations of the torso and the occasional twitching legs. Both casual and stately, he seems to fly at the end, walking and rotating his outstretched arms in their sockets so they resemble slowly flapping wings. The third piece on the program is his Soft Sweet Smell of Firm Warm Things, premiered last month and said to explore "the first blush of love and its fleeting nature." Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan, 312-344-8300. Opens Thursday, March 6, 8 PM. Through March 8: Friday-Saturday, 8 PM. $20-$24. There will also be a family-oriented matinee Saturday, March 8, 3 PM; free workshop at 2:15 PM. $10; $6 for children 12 and under.

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

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