The Territory Between
Between words and movement, that is. Fluid Measure Performance Company--Kathleen Maltese, Donna Mandel, and Patricia Pelletier--hosts a four-week series made up entirely of women, including seminal dance-performance artist Simone Forti, one of the first creators of "happenings" in the 60s. Fluid Measure will appear every week in three new pieces, their first in a couple of years: filled with clever turns of phrase subtly underscored by matter-of-fact movement, these vignettes address women's anxieties about sex, mothers, and motherhood. In Fish Eye Maltese plays "Lizard Brain--she thinks sex is simple," while Pelletier wonders, "Is it safe to want? Is it safe to not want?" Rupture affectingly embodies a little girl's fears and competition with her siblings for her mother's attention; the mother's overgrown arms represent the little girl's sense of her authority and power. And The Onion takes us on a half funny, half horrifying trip to a maternity ward after an emergency cesarean section, where the new mom has grown her own monstrous appendages and bargains with a hard-nosed nurse about the responsibilities of motherhood. The joke? Bargaining is no longer an option, of course. Appearing with Fluid Measure this weekend is Julie Caffey in Sacred Geometry, a "fearless and funny" investigation of one woman's search for meaning. The second weekend features New York "dance monologuist" Claire Porter, the third Chicago artists Barrie Cole and Tekki Lomnicki, and the fourth Forti. Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824. February 18 through March 12: Fridays-Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 7 PM. $10 per show; $25 for the show on Saturday, February 19 (benefit for Fluid Measure; the price includes a postshow reception and art auction). Note: Following the festival, Forti will lead a two-week workshop, "Logomotion," that will culminate in performances the weekend of March 24. The workshop, which meets 9 AM to noon Mondays-Fridays from March 13 through 24, costs $375. In addition, movement improvisation workshops are offered Wednesday and Thursday, March 15 and 16, from 6 to 8 PM and Saturday, March 18, from 2 to 5 PM; registration for these workshops is $30-$40. Call the Link's Hall box office to register.