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Asimina Chremos 

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Zeibekika is a departure for Asimina Chremos, who's come to think of herself as a solo artist: she performs with vocalist (and first-time costume designer) Carol Genetti, saxophonist Dave Rempis, dancer Julieann Graham, and the five members of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre. But in a way all these people amplify the idea of the solo zeibekiko dancer, who performs to rembetika, often called the Greek blues. Chremos, whose father was Greek and whose Greek grandfather was a dancer and singer, explores her own heritage and the immigrant experience in general in a piece that ranges from the lighthearted (sheep, played by dancers in white Afro wigs, figure prominently) to the deeply moving. A simple but evocative duet between Genetti and Graham captures--and bridges--the great divide between generations. The dancing, much of which is improvised (in the Greek tradition), sometimes recalls the traditional and sometimes the contemporary; more important is its buoyancy, its contrasts of lightness and weight. The piece is being performed cabaret style in a cavernous former trolley power station, with the audience seated at tables around the stage; the ticket price includes Greek coffee and pastries. Thu-Sat 1/12-1/14, 7:30 PM, Sat also 10 PM, Sun 1/15, 3 and 6 PM, Hexameter Studios, 1934 N. Campbell, 773-772-3692, $15-$20 suggested donation.

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

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