Solo Bodies | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Anthony Gongora is a painter as well as a choreographer: he depicts the human figure in bright oils or watercolors. And in this program of solos, created over a period of several years, he's painted portraits not so much of people as states of being. A solo from the 1990 Complexities reveals a bored neurotic, trapped on a stool amusing himself with a big red scarf; the 1991 Home Is Not in the Heart deals with homelessness. Listening Without Ears traces the search for transformation. These will be performed by Gongora himself, as they were originally; but Mark Schulze dances Gongora's first piece, made in 1988, and Rebecca Rossen performs the solo she choreographed with Gongora this year, One Bird's Wing Flapping (Gongora says they challenged each other to move in unaccustomed, even uncomfortable ways). Gongora's new work reveals a continuing interest in collaboration: it will be danced by Carrie Hanson to an original score by David Pavkovic played by an onstage cellist. Refracted Memories is Gongora's response to the death of his mentor, Rebecca Bobele, but it isn't sad or dark; he describes the work in almost ecstatic terms, in terms of serendipity and joy in music. Gongora will introduce each dance with a bit of its history, sometimes including a painting; this promises to be an intimate evening in a homey place. Friday and Saturday at 9 and Sunday at 7 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $7-$9. Call 764-8083 for tickets and info.

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