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Dance fans undoubtedly remember Joanne Barrett, who used to perform with the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble. Unfortunately for us she moved to Uruguay in 1992, but she's returned for a one-night-only gig in this year's Chance Dance Fest. Watching her rehearse reminded me what an elegant dancer she is, both compact and luxurious, with long arms, a stern, chiseled face, and narrow hips. Her quartet H.E.H., based on a solo she did called Hang 'Em High, is set partly to rollicking Hollywood-western music by the Smithereens; it captures both Barrett's free and easy swing and her balletic precision. She's joined in the piece by three of Chicago's most watchable modern dancers: Christine Bornarth, Anthony Gongora, and Julie Hopkins. Barrett will also perform a solo, Take the Long Way Home, that's part of a work-in-progress trio; set to a letter on tape her mother sent her in Uruguay, it was inspired, she says, by the experience of moving and adapting to a new culture, marriage, and a baby--though the motivation isn't visible in this cool, restrained piece. Also on the program are long, tall dancer-choreographer Bob Eisen and musician-composer Michael Zerang, improvising together. And you get all this wonderful dance and music for five bucks--such a deal! Wednesday at 8 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $5. Call 773-281-0824 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Joanne Barrett photo/ uncredited.


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