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Voguing is the subject of Third Swan From the End: Battle Gracefully to Be Legendary. Choreographer Darrell Jones says he's haunted the sidelines of the scene for 15 years, so he knows the moves and the culture. But after receiving a 2006 grant from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum he began looking into the form intensively, struggling out of bed at 3 AM to attend local balls. A recent transplant to Chicago, Jones is an elegant presence onstage (he's performed with the Bebe Miller and Ralph Lemon companies, among others). The other five dancers--including two women, because Jones was curious about how vogueing would look on the female form--can be a little rough around the edges, but that's OK: they're amazing to watch, especially in the improvised battles that are part of the piece. Also impressive is a duet Jones performs with Damon Green that's alternately brotherly, sexual, aggressive, and strangely delicate; it shows off Jones's fragility and diffidence, qualities not usually associated with the flamboyant art of voguing. A miniball spectacular hosted by the House of Avant Garde follows the Saturday performance. a Fri-Sat 9/21-9/22, 8 PM, Galaxie, 2603 W. Barry, 866-468-3401, $12-$18. --Laura Molzahn

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