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Choreographer Julia Rhoads pursues the ineffable in her new multimedia work, Lulu Sleeps. Looking at such common dream motifs as flying, falling, being chased, being unprepared while onstage or during an exam, and experiencing the decay of one's own body, Rhoads divides her 75-minute piece into sections but allows the themes to bleed into one another, capturing the quicksilver experience of dreaming. Her choreography may be funny, grotesque, or lyrically beautiful, but it never tells a story--not even a nonlinear one. The intricate partnering, beautifully executed, evokes mysteriously symbiotic or antagonistic relationships that are constantly shifting. Lara Miller has created different costumes for different sections, so they too are always changing. Designer D. Christopher Krause's movable set piece, a seven-foot-high stairway, figures in some sections; John Boesche and Logan Kibens are behind the often abstract video projections. Original music by Mark Messing and Kevin O'Donnell underlines the piece's many moods. Thu-Sat 11/17-11/19, 8 PM, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan, 312-344-8300, $20-$24; family-oriented matinee 11/19, 3 PM (with a workshop at 2:15), $10, $6 for kids.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Cheryl Mann.

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