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Balanced on the Ledge and The Sky is Falling 

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These two dance programs are the first to take the stage of the new Storefront Theater downtown. Showcasing the range of modern dance, they run the gamut from deep and dark to light and sparkling, from the formalism of Sheldon B. Smith's Zharmon to the narrative of Peter Sciscioli's Cc:. Appearing on the first program, "Balanced on the Ledge," Zharmon sets five dancers in motion within a grid of 15 small squares placed in three rows of five. Resembling a mathematical problem in concept, it's pure pleasure to watch as the dancers whirl, change directions, and hop from square to square like animated pieces in a board game. The alternately slow and merrily percolating music--which Smith wrote himself--recalls the minimalism of Steve Reich and gives the dance texture and variety. Appearing on the second program, "The Sky Is Falling," is Sciscioli's Cc:, a quartet about the psychosexual dynamics of the office. Using a few crucial props--desk, chair, wads of paper--and spiky, abrupt, angular movements, Sciscioli (who curated both programs) establishes a world that's driven by yet represses emotion: machinelike extensions of the arms and legs look both sexual and anomic in this entertaining, pointed satire. Also in "Balanced on the Ledge," Friday and Saturday at 8, are Smith's improvised solo, Asimina Chremos's Twinkle Puss, three solos by Carrie Hanson (her "Suite for Weird Sisters"), and Lisa Wymore's IceScream and Turbulence. Also in "The Sky Is Falling," next Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, at 8, are Brian Jeffery's quintet While I Was Waiting, based on an earlier duet; Atalee Judy's Logotype 00 and Still Water; Marianne M. Kim's duet with Jeffery, How Does Your Garden Grow; and Kay Wendt-LaSota's autobiographical piece for seven women, Yellow. Through June 24 at the Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph; $12. Call 312-742-8497 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

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

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