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Forget the top hat and tails--the performers in Barcelona's Tapeplas troupe look like Frampton-era rock musicians. In the hour-long BoomBach, live percussionists and several dancers tapping mostly in unison are occasionally accompanied by recorded music, including a Bach piece and Yaron Engler's original compositions. Dramatic colored lights play over them in what artistic director Sharon Lavi calls the piece's "abstract stories"; it opens with stripped-down, almost Beckettian movement and culminates in a propulsive tribal ritual. Tapeplas is featured on the first weekend (of two) in the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's second annual "Global Rhythms" festival; also appearing this weekend are Jason Samuels Smith and Pandit Chitresh Das in an excerpt from India Jazz Suites, which explores the rhythms of Indian kathak dance. The second week is devoted to Israel's Sheketak, a Stomp-like troupe that last performed here over four years ago; it presents the North American premiere of a cute, carefully packaged 70-minute crowd-pleaser. a Tapeplas and India Jazz Suites: Sat 11/18, 8:30 PM, Sun 11/19, 3 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-397-4010, $24. Also at the MCA: a CHRP benefit, Fri 11/17, 5:30 PM, featuring BoomBach and the world premiere of Charlie's Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, 773-281-1825, $125-$225. Free roundtable discussion Sun 11/19, noon. Sheketak: Fri-Sat 11/24-11/25, 8 PM, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777, $15-$55.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Tapeplas.

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