Under Construction: Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance | Links Hall at Constellation | Dance | Chicago Reader

Under Construction: Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance Brief Run (Theater) Critic's Choice Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Aug. 20-22 2010

Don't be put off by the title of this pickup company's show. I've gotten a look at four of the five pieces in "Under Construction: Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance," and they don't come close to feeling academic or doctrinaire. UCDP founders Philip Elson and Samantha Spriggs do know a thing or two about gender issues. But their loose, open, sometimes very funny dances aren't about pushing theories--they're about hashing out differences of opinion. That's especially true of the only jointly created work on the program, a duet called The WOMP Is Always Gayer on the Other Side, in which Elson and Spriggs's casual yet charged give-and-take reveals an intimate argument running beneath their polished performances. Spriggs's structured text-and-movement improv for nine, They Say a Closed Mouth Don't Get Paid, is chaotic but amusing. And though most of Elson's male trio Big Boys Don't Cry, which also incorporates spoken text, feels ad hoc and often humorous, it takes a sharp curve into emotion at the end. Also on the bill: Elson's InForming Figure and Spriggs's Active Passivity. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $7-$10

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