MaryAnn McGovern and Dancers, With Peter Carpenter | Hamlin Park | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Ritual of Abundance for Lean Times #3: Delicate Extraction

Ritual of Abundance for Lean Times #3: Delicate Extraction

Sarah Ebling

When: Thu., March 24 and Fri., March 25 2011
Price: $8-$10
Dance theater vet Peter Carpenter choreographed his new Ritual of Abundance for Lean Times #3: Delicate Extraction on the two-year-old troupe led by his former student MaryAnn McGovern. Though Carpenter is known for agenda-driven pieces--most recently the Reagan-focused My Fellow Americans--he wanted the cycle of which this piece is part to be "more a contemplation," an abstract meditation on abundance and scarcity. His guiding principle, he says, was a rule imposed by his teacher at UCLA, Victoria Marks: Get as much as you can from as little as you can. Almost all the material in this spare, 25-minute septet is generated by the opening duet; subsequent sections are "extractions" from it, guided by the words assess, displace, exploit, and restore (which the performers sometimes spit out). Lines of dancers crossing from side to side and front to back suggest the warp and woof of a loom, supporting the idea of teasing out threads of movement. McGovern contributes the evening's other premiere, The Chaos of Everything That Isn't You, which explores assumptions about Generation Y. --Laura Molzahn



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