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Lar Lubovitch Dance Company 

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 22 2008
Phone: 312-334-7777
Price: $5-$75
harristheaterchicago.org
Chicago native Lar Lubovitch just might be the country's premier choreographer for men. An emotionally freighted male duet highlights his 1986 Concerto Six Twenty-Two, set to Mozart. And in 2000 he pulled out all the stops with Men's Stories, a 45-minute piece for nine male dancers with strong individual identities. As Lubovitch recounted to the New York Times, he gave each one his own music and physical vocabulary, then let the ensemble tell "a very informed story about themselves that they don't intend to tell." Even the dance's unison work reveals the differences among the men, whose approaches to the luscious movement were richly varied on the DVD I saw. Lubovitch's highly musical brand of balletic modern dance can seem like overkill when set to familiar classical pieces, but the textured Men's Stories score by Scott Marshall layers interviews, found sound, and electronic and pop music over two Beethoven piano concertos. There are three performances this weekend: an evening program that includes Dvorak Serenade, Men's Stories, and Jangle: Four Hungarian Dances, a lunch-hour show featuring Concerto Six Twenty-Two and Dvorak Serenade, and a family show with excerpts from Concerto Six Twenty-Two and Dvorak Serenade. --Laura Molzahn

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