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Once a sort of star with the now defunct Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Winifred Haun was always a strong dancer and a strong person: she formed her own company several years ago and helped start the Next Dance Festival--all while raising her young daughter. Now she lends her strength to another cause, a collaboration with musician Robbie Hunsinger celebrating the current show at the Peace Museum, "Women's Peace Initiatives: Transforming Community," an exhibit of photographs and artifacts showing through the end of November. This is the kind of grassroots performance appropriate to women activists' largely grassroots efforts: in the tiny museum space, Hunsinger will play two solos, Haun will dance one, and then the two will perform a partly improvised, partly set work about the way women's indignation shifts from the private to the public realm. Hunsinger--playing a saxophone and Indian, Chinese, and Western oboes--provides a sometimes plaintive and thoughtful, sometimes passionate accompaniment to Haun's dancing. Most striking perhaps is Haun's seated sequence on a chair, when she moves from personal, rather self-involved irritation to angry action. In fact this metal folding chair almost constitutes another performer--or instrument--as Haun and Hunsinger both exploit its potential. Thursday, August 19, at 6:30 at the Peace Museum, 314 W. Institute; $10 suggested donation, $5 for members. Call 312-440-1860 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Erika Dufour.

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