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Jan Erkert & Dancers 

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Calling this show "A Retrospective in Our Living Room," Jan Erkert offers a work in progress and selections from her greatest hits. Known for her mature, sometimes astringent treatments of progressive, sometimes touchy-feely subjects, Erkert addresses gender roles in the 1992 quartet Between Men (to be performed here in vintage clothing), romantic love in the 1994 blindfolded duet Without Sense (danced here a cappella, without its original trap-set accompaniment), and physical and emotional healing in the 1995 Whole Fragment (featuring dancers in their pj's). The work in progress, supported by a grant from the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture, is a collaboration with Mexican composer Marcela Rodriquez, whose music will be performed in part by Mexican flutist Horacio Franco, and Chicago fiber designer Robin Richman; in this incarnation the piece will use recorded tango music and address the rather nebulous theme of "sharing across borders and languages." Erkert, who regularly invites audiences to give critical and associative input, here facilitates the process by offering an informal wine reception after each show. Thursday, December 3, through Saturday at 8 in the homey confines of Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $10. Call 773-281-0824 for tickets, 773-883-8620 for information. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Erika Dufour.

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