Anthony Gongora and Carrie Hanson | Dance Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Anthony Gongora and Carrie Hanson 

Anthony Gongora and Carrie Hanson

These two choreographer-dancers have a luxurious intimacy together. That sense of closeness takes a terrifying turn in Anthony Gongora's Nature Stalling, a piece he and Carrie Hanson dance that's centered around a Japanese-looking platform bed: the dancers' everyday clothes and a cinematic pool of light enhance the feeling that we're spying on a conversation way too private for third parties, perhaps a scene between our parents. Their dancing in Hanson's Thin Wash Familiar Bones is likewise unself-consciously but almost disturbingly intimate, as one dancer's hand trails briefly over the other's shoulder and embraces turn into pushes. The two are also collaborating on a new duet, Flying Fish Fry, intended to be more humorous: Dave Pavkovic has written a score for cello and accordion, and the dancers wear tennies. Also on the program--called "Blues on White"--are two introspective solos: Hanson's Here (which she premiered a few weeks ago at the "Dreaming the Divine" festival), inspired in part by her reading of Thoreau's Walden, and Gongora's Line, a solo (excerpted from a piece called Submerged) with spoken text that's as heartfelt and troubled as any dance you're likely to see anytime soon. Three of the five pieces will be accompanied by live music; overall this promises to be a small gem of a chamber concert. Free lecture-demonstration Thursday, April 1, at 12:15 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. Regular performances are Thursday, April 1, through next Saturday, April 3, at 8 in the same place; $10-$15. Call 773-975-1210 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Talmadge Heyward.

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