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Chance Dance Fest 


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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