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SAME PLANET DIFFERENT WORLD

Well, not so very different. The name implies kids aiming for the outre; in fact they're a year-old collective of six talented young people whose freshness, intelligence, and sense of discovery energize their work. Last January the three performers in Jason Ohlberg's Trinity gave a mesmerizing sense of connection to a narrative loosely based on Sartre's No Exit, about an emotional triangle between vaguely bureaucratic types. In his new piece for two men and three women, Kissing Concello, Ohlberg takes a comic look at alternative sexuality using a postmodern blend of music (a Vivaldi concerto and a song by female impersonator Pussy Tourette) and performance styles (naturalistic comic acting, the mincing gestures of the minuet, and clean-cut Paul Taylor-ish music visualization). But what really makes the piece work is the way its scenes of lazy or boisterous affection coalesce into a buoyant, good-humored universe of mutual support and love. Aiming for "theatrical dance," the company offers a program that also includes Alicia Elliott's duet 1 Plus 1 Equals 1, a Peter Carpenter solo to be performed by Leif Tellmann, three pieces by Rico Hewson (one of them a collaboration with Ohlberg called Precious Days), Jeff Hancock's Triafata (about the three arachnoid Greek goddesses of fate), and pieces by Kirstin Showalter and Anna Levin. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 7 through next Sunday, June 7, at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $10 (opening-night benefit Friday is $20 and includes postperformance reception). Call 773-784-6503 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

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