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When: May 21-23 2010

It's "the end of an era," says RTG artistic director Rachel Thorne Germond, who's about to leave town for Virginia after nearly a decade here. But it's also the start of a new one: Germond has drawn on her experience teaching movement to kindergartners to teach herself that simple moves and a patient approach to choreography could pay off for audiences. Two of the three works in "A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far," inspired by the poetry of Adrienne Rich, are often plain and either still or slow moving. They're also highly evocative. Germond's 40-minute quartet, A Wild Patience, was spun off from Fantastic Folk Dance--a work-in-progress begun in the fall of 2009--and carries over its approach in pared down, almost ritualistic movement. Phrases repeat, gather force, and gain new meaning, partly through Germond's eclectic pastiche of recorded sound and music, which veers from birdsong to experimental electronic to mainstream techno. Allyson Esposito dances Germond's solo This Is Where I Came From with a perfect balance of reserve and emotion. I didn't see Germond's solo Framed, which she performs herself, but she describes it as having a "warrior feel." --Laura Molzahn

Price: $12-$15

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