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Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki seems to be aiming for artful artlessness in Bardo, created for Hubbard Street's "Global Tapestry" program. The choreography is purposely unpolished and a little odd, but during a rehearsal he insists that it be given the right tone. "It's not acting," he says. Instead he talks about seeing one's own movement in the mind's eye, of setting the mind and the movement in opposition. To get the centered stagger backward that he wants in one phrase, he asks the dancers to think about the way a rock musician confidently thrusts his pelvis forward. A piece for 12 set to music by Dead Can Dance, Bardo is a repetitive, highly musical work in which timing is crucial--and not easy or obvious. Also on the program is Lickety-Split, a world premiere by company member Alejandro Cerrudo set to music by Devendra Banhart. Works from the repertory include Lucas Crandall's humorous Gimme, Brian Enos's Diphthong, and Nacho Duato's lyrical Cor Perdut. a Opens Wed 9/27, 7:30 PM. Through 10/1: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 866-535-4732, $20-$75. Postshow discussion Thursday. (See separate listing for Hubbard Street 2 Saturday matinee.)

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