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A few years ago, impressed by Dave Eggers's novel You Shall Know Our Velocity, choreographer Rachel Thorne Germond set out to make a dance on the emotional aspect of moving at high speeds. The result is now the final section of Our Velocity, an antic segment performed by five dancers at breakneck speed to anxious, feverishly rapid harpsichord music by Henryk Gorecki. From there Germond began to create the other sections: an odd opening that isolates various emotions in snapshots of bodily and vocal language, slow sequences in unison on the floor to ominous harpsichord, a solo whose phrases are separated by the sound of a bell. A devotee of chance techniques, Germond added a sixth dancer, an apprentice, even though her introduction late in the piece is unmotivated: the new part is like a single shiny thread in a tapestry. Germond used chance techniques extensively in Monogram, an homage to Robert Rauschenberg with the same title as one of his combines. Set to music from La traviata, this simultaneously humorous and sad work features two dancers in intense interactions with each other and two tires. Also on the program is a solo in which the dancer is tied to a radiator with a rope, Tether, set to music by PJ Harvey and Radiohead. Fri-Sun 7/15-7/17, 8 PM, Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, $12-$15.

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