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Barbara Mahler is a dancer's dancer. Using her body the way a haiku poet uses words or a Japanese painter uses brush strokes, she creates spare, articulate solos that reveal her body's range and intelligence. All parts big and small, from her legs to her little finger, seem to move just the way she wants them to, in richly varied rhythmic and spatial patterns. Practice makes perfect, as my mom used to say: Mahler has been teaching at the Susan Klein School of Dance in New York since 1980 and has garnered praise for her insights into the body from the likes of Stephen Petronio, Stephanie Skura, and Diane Madden, Trisha Brown's rehearsal director. Mahler brings two solos, Just a Matter of Times and Insides Out, to the second of five concerts in this year's Chance Dance Fest; a new quartet by Bob Eisen makes up the other half of the program. She'll also teach classes in Klein technique, described as a healing reeducation of the body that emphasizes the skeletal system, Saturday through Thursday, August 10. She performs Wednesday at 8 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $5. (Eisen performs with playwright Bryn Magnus August 16, with choreographer Amy Alt August 23, and with jazz artist Ken Vandermark August 30.) Call 281-0824 for tickets and information, including info about Mahler's classes.

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

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