Dmitri Peskov Dance Theatre | Links Hall at Constellation | Dance, Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., June 11, 8 p.m., Sat., June 12, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 13, 7 p.m. 2010
Phone: 773-281-0824
Price: $15-$18
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After a decade of working in Chicago as a choreographer, Dmitri Peskov debuts his own company, with a little help from guest artist Paul Christiano. In an intriguing new evening-length suite of seven dances, Of Fleeting Things, Peskov and Christiano play two men seemingly from different universes. Christiano's character lives in a world of extremes, both comic and tragic--which is perfect for his itchy, often contorted, sometimes hilarious dancing style. In "The Entertainer" he's an acrobat/showgirl, donning a cheesy smile and absurd hats, including a feathered headdress. Later, in "Till Death Do Us Part," he and Amanda Dye enact a hideous parody of marriage. And his character hits bottom in "The Hour of the Wolf," which makes the most imaginative, despairing use I've seen of the closets on one wall of the Links Hall space. Peskov dances four poetic vignettes, each introduced in the program by a quote from the great poet of love and death, W.H. Auden. Linked by recurring movement phrases, these pieces depict a man who struggles to break out of his own solipsism--and succeeds, finally, in an unnervingly complicated, slow, and intimate duet, "Eros," which Peskov dances with Aimee Tye. Peskov performs naked in the first of the vignettes. --Laura Molzahn

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